Sunday, June 03, 2018

New In - Skincare

I've gone a little skincare made recently and picked up quite a lot of new additions to my routine. Today I thought I would show you a couple of them and talk them through with you. These are the first couple of bits I picked up in March but expect another post in the near future about the rest of the new additions to my skincare routine. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lime crime Venus XL - The ultimate pinky red palette?

Lime crime isn't a brand I have tried much from however when I saw the first sneak peaks of this palette I knew I had to have it.. If I had to describe this palette in one phrase I would say it's like Modern Renaissance but on steroids. I feel like this really is the perfect palette for anyone who loves pink shades and perfect for people like me with Blue eyes as all the colours make my eye colour pop! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Anastasia Soft glam - Review, shade breakdown and swatches.

I figured it was about time I reviewed this palette. I have been obsessed with this palette recently and pretty much using it on a daily basis. I feel like this is the first proper neutral palette from Anastasia which I was incredibly excited about, I feel like a lot of people wanted something different but I just think everyone needs a good basic neutral palette. 

I love a good shimmer shade as much as the next person however I do like a palette with more mattes than shimmer shades so the mix of eight mattes to four shimmers is a brilliant one for me. The shimmers are incredibly pigmented and have an almost foiled effect to them. As with the modern renaissance the matte shades are so stunning, blending like a dream. I feel like this palette is so versatile, you can go for a super smokey look, stick with something natural or go super glam and do a metallic on the lid. So onto the shades. 

Tempera - A. very slightly satin cream shade perfect for brow bone and inner corner. 
Glistening - The first of the three gold shades in the palette. This one is much more like a normal shimmer shade than some of the others in the palette, but never the less it is still beautiful. 
Orange soda - For me this shade is the perfect transition shade as its a couple of shades darker than my natural skin tone. 
Rose pink - This is the first of the three more metallic shades. The name is incredibly fitting as it is simply a medium rose pink shade. This one is so beautifully metallic and one I reach for a lot. 
Sultry - A deeper bronzer metallic which looks so incredible on the lid when I do a super smokey eye with this palette. 
Bronze - Bronze is more of a gold shade. It is the deepest of all three golds in the palette and looks so incredible and metallic especially when used wet. 
Mulberry - A super deep matte burgundy shade. I wasn't sure how this would blend however it is so easy to blend and perfect for a super blown out reddy smokey eye. 

Dusty rose - This one is another great transition if you want something a little more purple in the crease. I love the addition of this shade into the palette as it offers a little bit more of a cool tone into the palette. 
Fairy - The third and final gold shade this is the lightest of the three and is more yellow toned than glistening which is more of a champagne. 
Burnt orange - If you have deeper skin this would make an amazing transition. If I blend it well enough it does work as a transition for me however I definitely prefer orange soda for my skin tone. 
Sienna - This for me is the one I reach for to initial start to deepen my crease. It's a very red toned brown. It blends beautifully like all the other mattes and pairs really well with Mulberry. 
Rustic - I feel like this is a standard warm brown shade. It makes a great crease shade and is just a good basic shade to have in a palette. 
Cyprus umber - A deeper brown matte shade, I love to use this one to deepen up any looks. 
Noir - A pure black shade which I have to say is absolutely incredible. Its so deep and doesn't grey out when I blend it which is the main thing I want in a black shadow. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what you think about this palette! 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

This month I loved, 04

I am aware it hasn't been that long since I posted my March favourites however I did promise that I would put up a favourites post for every month this year and I don't want to break my promise. I've been loving a lot of skincare this month as I have been trying to get my skincare into a good routine. If you'd like to see my new skincare routine let me know as I can write a post. 

Friday, May 04, 2018

An open letter to the GP who missed my condition

Since my diagnosis I have always felt resentment towards the GP who missed my condition when I was three years old. After watching the Buzzfeed series about chronic pain I decided that I wanted to write an open letter to the woman who changed my life forever. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Posts I loved - April

You guys always seem to really enjoy these posts. I love collecting these posts over the month and I am all about sharing the love for my fellow bloggers. I will pre-warn you this post is a little Erin and Jasmine heavy but I love them and their blogs so sorry ahaha! So without further ado lets get into this months roundup. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The flu face

Now I feel like since I started uni I have spent a large majority of my time feeling a little under the weather. Today I thought I would share with you the products I reach for when I am feeling rubbish. 

I always go for a super hydrating base when I feel unwell, the Pixi Rose flash balm is potentially the most hydrating primer I have ever tried. If you have oily skin I would avoid this like the plague but if you are dry and dehydrated give it a go! Bare minerals complexion rescue is my go to when I feel super dry and when I don't want anything too heavy. Glossier stretch concealer is very light and hydrating under the eyes and doesn't cling to any dry patches. It looks super glowy and healthy and makes the skin look a lot less grey and gross.

For bronzer I love Mac Refined golden which is a beautiful warm bronze shade with gold reflects. This gives the skin a beautiful glow and adds colour to the cheeks. I love this bronzer and as long as I use it with a light hand when I am pale it just adds a beautiful colour. Highlight wise I tend to reach for a liquid highlight. Currently I'm loving the Nip and Fab liquid illuminator in White gold which is such a pretty pinky silver toned highlight again adding to the glowiness I pile onto the skin. 

Brow wise as always I reach for Anastasia Dip brow which is my all time favourite brow product which you will know if you read my blog. For a quick wash of colour I love the Maxfactor Masterpiece Liquid shadow in Coffee which is a really pretty taupe shade which just adds a nice little wash of colour and shimmer to the lids. Mascara wise I have been reaching for Total temptation mascara which doesn't end up half way down my face when my eyes water, which they do a lot when I don't feel so great. Finally for the lips I love the NYX butter glosses as they are incredibly comfortable. My lips are very dry anyway but especially when I am under the weather. To finish off the face I love the Pixi Wakeup vitamin mist which again adds even more glow to my skin. 

That's it for today, I would love to know what you use when you are feeling under the weather. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

This month I loved, 03

March was a weird month, with a birthday, the easter holidays and an operation I didn't end up trying many beauty products at all. However I did have a couple of things I wanted to mention and I definitely didn't want to break my promise of a monthly favourites. So here we are a very late and very little March favourites. 

First off I wanted to mention a book which I really loved this month. Some of you may know I am actually at university studying forensics so I was very intrigued by Val McDermid's book. Forensics The anatomy of crime. McDermid normally writes fiction but spoke to various experts in the field of forensics creating a clear non-fiction piece explain both the importance and the incredible scientific knowledge in various fields in the forensics domain. I feel like even if you aren't studying something forensics related or it's your job area  a lot of true crime and crime fiction would enjoying finding a little more out about various types of evidence and how even the tiniest fragment of bone can be used to solve a case. 

Moving onto the beauty bits I had to mention the Revolution Conceal and define concealer which is everywhere at the moment. Now I've never tried shape tape so cannot compare the two however whether it is a dupe or not I've been getting on really well with this product. I have the shade C1 which is the lightest shade and is actually a tiny bit too light for my skin tone, so I will be picking up C2 next time I see it in stock. This is a medium to high coverage product with a very slight satin finish meaning it doesn't look super caked on my dry skin. It sits beautifully on initial application and throughout the day only sinks very very minimally into dry patches which is a huge bonus for me. 

I have to say when it comes to face brushes I don't really have much of an opinion however I got the Real techniques Blush crush brush in 303 and I am absolutely obsessed with applying my highlight with this brush. Now this definitely isn't a technique for those who don't want a bright highlight however if that's what you want then this product is incredible. It packs highlight on so it looks blinding but also helps to blur any texture as the product is being packed instead of dusted onto the skin. 

Speaking of highlight I have recently rediscovered the Ofra x Nikkie tutorials highlight in Everglow. I tend to reach for the white shade however add a little of the medium shade to move it from a more icy shade to a slightly more champagne shade. This is very bright and can look textured if I'm not careful where I apply it. I know they now sell these shades separately which is why I mentioned them however I'm not sure you can still get it with all three shades in one pan. 

My eyeshadow palette favourite this month was a toss up between this palette and the Anastasia Soft glam however I think I've actually used this one a little more. The palette in question is the Lime crime Venus XL which for me is like Anastasia MR extension. If you love pink shades on the eyes you need this palette in your life. The mattes don't swatch brilliant however on the eyes they blend amazingly. I tend to reach for a setting spray to wet the shimmer shadows to give them more of a metallic effect however they work beautifully without any setting spray. The only thing I wish this palette had is a shimmery white/cream shade for my brow bone however other than that I feel like it has everything. 

Bottom to top - Tantalising taupe, highlight mixed, Triumph, Flora 
This months final favourite is the Maybelline colour sensational lipstick in Tantalising taupe which is a super pale pink nude shade. These Maybelline lipsticks glide onto the lips and feel incredibly comfortable. This is just one of those lipsticks I know I can throw on and not have to be worried about it. It doesn't dry the lips out therefore sits nicely unlike a lot of very pale lip shades do. This isn't a long-lasting lip shade as it has the beautiful creamy texture however due to the nature of the colour I can actually reapply nicely without a mirror. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your favourites have been recently. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The satin and glossy lip edit.

Don't get me wrong I love a matte lip as much as the next person but as I have the driest lips known to humanity I do sometimes need something that is more glossy, creamy and comfortable. Today I thought I would talk you through some of my favourites. I do tend to reach for more basic nude shades when I reach for a creamier lip shade however I have also mentioned a couple of my favourite brights.

I feel like I couldn't have written a post about glossy lips without mentioning the one of the YSL Rouge volupte shine. This shade is 37 which is a beautiful everyday pinky nude shade. It is slightly lighter than my natural lip colour and is one that I reach for when I have a bright or dark eye look. George Satin lipstick in Charm is the newest to my collection and one I have used a lot over the last month. It's a deeper more purple toned nude however still wears beautifully with a large majority of looks. This one isn't quite as glossy as the YSL one and offers more of a creamy finish. 

Clinique's Lip pop's are potentially one of my favourite lipsticks ever. They are so ridiculously comfortable on the lips but they wear for such a long time. Poppy pop is the most stunning pinky toned coral which every summer is the one lipstick that I consistently reach for. My favourite lipglosses no matter the price are the Clarins Instant light lip perfectors. Shade three is the perfect super light nude shade which works so nicely basically over any nude shade ever.

YSL 37, George charm, Clinique poppy pop, Clarins 03, Bourjois 02, Maybelline Tantalising taupe, Rimmel in love with ginger, NYX Angel food cake, Collection 02, Mac syrup 
The Bourjois Rouge laques are a beautiful slightly glossy liquid lip. I don't normally love liquid lips that don't dry down however these are really beautiful. They are incredibly comfortable on the lips and don't ever get the point like a lot of glossy liquid lips do where they start to feather and become very dry on the lips. The Maybelline Colour sensational lipstick in the shade Tantalising taupe is such a perfect concealer lip shade for me and it pairs so beautifully with the Clarins gloss. I know some people aren't a big fan of a concealer lip however on my super pale skin tone I love it. It's a slightly more pink toned super pale nude than I normally wear however its a beautiful shade and one I'm going to be wearing a lot over the summer as I feel like it will look even more beautiful with tanned skin. 

Rimmel In love with ginger is a gorgeous colour and the formula is so beautiful. Don't get me wrong a very glossy bright orange is not the easiest thing in the world however I love it and I had to include in this post. It definitely needs a lip liner and a little bit of care. It is a gorgeous comfortable formula and I need to get round to picking up some more shades. The NYX butter glosses are my favourite drugstore lip product. Angel food cake is a gorgeous shade. Again its the perfect everyday lip shade. These are incredibly glossy and so beautiful on the lips, this shade goes so well with so many different shades and is one I always have in my bag. 

Collection's lip colours are a lovely range, Berry blush is definitely my favourite out of the six shades. It reminds me so much of Mac syrup which is actually the last shade I'm going to mention today. These are again very comfortable (are you sensing a theme here) and non drying (there's definitely a theme). The final shade I wanted to mention today is Mac syrup, this is my favourite Mac lip shade at the moment. It is a beautiful slightly glossier colour which is very similar to the collection shade. This is the best for really neutral makeup look but also works beautifully with a heavier makeup look. 
So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your favourite non-matte lip products are! 

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Improving blog photography with everyday objects

So it's taken me a long time to get where I am with my blog photography and it is no way where I want it to be yet however I feel like I have shown a huge improvement in the past year or so. Today I thought I would talk about some of my favourite ways to spice up my photos with everyday objects. The photo above shows how I used to take a photo on the left and how I would talk a photo now. It includes all the same products but by using everyday objects I have made the photo much more visually appealing. So without further ado lets get into my tips and tricks. 

Backgrounds are something incredibly important, they very quickly change a photo completely. There are so many different things you can use as backgrounds whether that is wallpaper samples, tile samples or samples or hardwood floor. Magazines also make fabulous backgrounds and obviously work well for beauty posts as the content is often related to makeup. 

Sparkles and sequins add a little bit of bling to the picture. If you have a super boring background sparkles are a super easy way to add a little something to the mix. I also love to coordinate the colours the sparkles with the packaging. For example if I am taking pictures of products with gold packaging I will include some gold sparkles to add a little bit of something else.

Other products are a good way to add a little bit of something interesting you are taking products for a review. For example when I take a picture of a palette for a review I like to surround it with other products pointing towards it which helps to focus in on the product. Brushes are also a gorgeous way to add something else to the photo especially the new Real techniques blush crush range which have the most stunning glittery handles. 

Glass wear and trinket dishes add a little something extra. I have a huge amount of cute little dishes which I use for storage which look so pretty around the house as well as in the photos. I have them from places such as Primark, Wilko and Ikea. I also use normal glasses and tumblers which look super cute when you put lipstick/liners in them and have them spilling out like in the photo above.

So that's some of my tips for making blog photos a little more exciting. I'd love the know what your blog photography tips are? 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Posts I loved - March

It's that time of the month again where I share with you some of my favourite posts from the month. So without further ado lets get into the posts. I'd love to know what your favourite posts of the month have been. 

I would love to know what have been your favourite posts from this month?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The forever repurchases

Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products and the ones that I have and will go on to repurchase over and over again. I would love to know in the comments what are your forever repurchase products. 

Starting off with the base products Porefessional has been a go to primer for me for such a long time. The pores on my cheeks are huge so this is a go to for me whenever I go for a heavier base. I know a lot of people don't love silicone based primers but if you do and you haven't already tried this you need too. concealer wise I had to mention both the Clarins instant concealer which is the most light weight super high coverage concealer. It looks beautiful on the skin and is brilliant for dry skin. The Naked concealer is a cult classic. It isn't quite as high coverage as the Clarins concealer however it does still offer a good strong medium coverage. Again it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and looks amazing on my dry skin. 

I love a good setting spray and the Urban decay All nighter setting spray is by far my favourite. It reduces any powderiness on the skin and takes any cakiness away. For a dry skinned gal like myself this is something I cannot be without. It also makes my makeup last so much longer on the skin. Hoola bronzer is the only bronzer I have ever hit pan on. It's a gorgeous slightly warm toned bronzer which I can use for both contouring and bronzing up the face without looking orange in any way. 

Moving onto the eyes I had to mention the Anastasia modern renaissance palette. This is by far the palette in my collection that I use the most. These shadows blend like an absolute dream and are so crazily pigmented. I also wanted the mention the Smashbox Brow tech matte pencil. This is a super thin pencil which means I can get a very accurate brow. It is one I reach for on a more natural day. It also has the best spooley ever which seems like a random comment but it really is amazing. Dip brow was something I couldn't have written this post without. I have been using this product at least 3 out of 4 times I've worm makeup for about the last two years. I have the shade medium brown which is the best for me, it's a dark brown shade with ashy undertones. This is the product out of all of the products in this post which I would recommend the most.

Hoola, Syrup, three shades from MR 
Finally for the lips I had to mention the Nuxe Reve de meil lip balm which I am actually on my fifth pot off. It is the most hydrating balm I have ever tried and as someone with potentially the driest lips in the world this is something I adore. Lipstick wise I had to mention Mac syrup as for me it is the perfect everyday lip colour. I love a good my lips but better shade and this one is perfect. Finally I had to mention the NYX butter glosses which are my favourite glosses from the drugstore. They are highly pigmented and super glossy yet not sticky. I think the only glosses I like more are the Clarins lip perfectors however they are a lot more expensive than these and the shades are also fairly limited. 

So that's it for today, I would love to know what products are your forever repurchases. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What's in my travel makeup bag - Easter break

So I'm currently on easter break and I've come home from uni so today I thought I would show you what products I've brought with me. Theres a mix of products I already love and some new bits I've been testing out recently. So without further ado lets get straight into it or else we might be here forever. 

Primer wise I just decided to bring the Glossier priming moisturiser as it is one of those primers which works well under all foundations. My skin has been super dry at the moment and I've pretty much exclusively only used my Stila primer so I thought I'd pick something similar but try and use something different. For my base I picked something super light and a more full coverage product. The Bare minerals complexion rescue is my favourite super natural everyday base. It's incredibly hydrating and offers a light to medium coverage. I also packed the Charlotte tilbury magic foundation which is the most gorgeous higher coverage base which mixes beautifully with the bare minerals complexion rescue should I want something more medium. 

Concealer wise I decided to pack the new Revolution conceal and define concealer which I've tried a couple of times and I have to say currently I'm really enjoying it. I love the huge doe foot applicator and the formula so far has been something I've loved. I also packed my old trusty Urban decay Naked concealer which is potentially my favourite concealer of all time. For the cheeks I packed the George at Asda blush which is such a beautiful rose shade. I love this for a natural flush however I do have to be super careful with it as the pigmentation is absolutely crazy. I also packed the Glossier cloud paint in the shade dusk which is another really beautiful everyday shade. Its a more orange toned nude shade than the George blush, but they both give the same nude flush effect. 

Highlighter wise I've been loving layering a powder highlight over a cream so I packed the NYX liquid illuminator which is a pinky toned liquid highlight. Matching perfectly with the Laura seller powder highlight I packed. These highlights are super glowy and intense. Bronzer wise I packed my Urban Decay beach bronzer which was one I used constantly over last summer so dug it out of my collection. I love how warm this bronzer is and I cannot wait to get some more use out of it. 

Brow wise,  I packed my ride or die brow products which are the the Anastasia Dip brow which is my favourite brow product of all time. I also packed my Freedom duo brow powder which is my favourite to both use on it's own for a more natural brow but it is also my favourite way to ensure that my dip brow is completely set down. Mascara wise I packed my favourite at the moment which is Maybelline's total temptation which is just the most beautiful lengthening mascara and is so affordable too. I threw in one of the Marc Jacobs highliners, which are the best creamy liners. They aren't the cheapest however if you have super watery eyes and a love of naps like me you definitely need to give them a go. 

I definitely overpacked eyeshadow palettes however all three are new to my collection and I have been testing them extensively over the past few weeks. There will be full posts on all three at some point over the next month as I am loving them all. Anastasia Soft glam which is a gorgeous everyday palette, Violet voss hashtag which is something a little different in terms of a warm toned palette and then Lime crime Venus XL which is the most beautiful pinky toned palette. 

Finally for lips I packed a couple of liners from NYX, George, CYO and Mac. Then I also packed a mix of nude liquid lips and only nude liquid lips which was completely unplanned. I had to bring Kat von D Lolita which is one of my all time favourite nude shades. I also packed Ofra Nude potion from the Nikkie tutorials collection which is the most beautiful pinky pale nude. Lime crime Saint is a much deeper nude and one a lot of people perhaps wouldn't describe as a nude. Finally I packed Stila Patina which is something again I have dug out of my collection. 

So that's it for today, let me know what products you'd take away with you! 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

This month I loved, 02

So I am fully aware this is super late but because of my operation and birthday the start of March was insane. However I still wanted to show you what I've been loving throughout February as I have found some incredible products. 

I heart makeup Summer of love triple baked bronzer in Hot summer of love. 

Now I am not normally one for shimmery bronzers however everyone always says how beautiful this product is. It is incredibly glowy however I've been really loving it applied subtly on it's own but also over the top of other bronzers to add a little glow. In the swatch it looks very pale however I find on the skin it is enough for me. I feel like I'm going to continue to love this over the summer. 

Bleach London single eyeshadows 

I am really loving these shadows at the moment, they come in such a huge range of bright shades. I love the fact that there is finally a single shadow range which is easily available at the drugstore. I have a huge range of shades from deep blues to the most incredible bright yellow gold. They are incredibly pigmented and blend like an absolute dream! I would definitely recommend them. 

Jouer Springtime in paris eyeshadow palette 

This is one I have pulled out of the back of my eyeshadow drawer and I love it. It really does have a beautiful mix of spring shades. I absolutely love the purple and navy to add a pop of colour on the lower lash line. Theres also a really fab range of neutral shades. I just think it is a beautiful palette for this time of year. 

Marc Jacobs Highliners 

These are some of the creamiest liners I have every tried. Now don't get me wrong they aren't cheap but I really think if you have a problem with liners disappearing in the water line and it smudging under the eyes then you need to give these a go. They also have an incredible shade range, I definitely have my eye on the periwinkle blue shade. 

George lip liner in Mink pink 

This has been the liner that over the month I have reached for. It is beautifully creamy and hydrating, it's a fairly neutral pink shade and it matches my lip colour so well. I like to use this one under a liquid lipstick so that it has something a little hydrating underneath. 

NYX Butter gloss in Angel food cake 

If you are a long time reader you will know that I love the NYX butter glosses. This shade is just the most stunning deep nude pink shade. These glosses aren't sticky or uncomfortable at all and remind me a lot of the Clarins lip perfectors! 

Anastasia Matte lipstick in Honey 

I haven't been wearing matte liquid lipsticks as much as normal lately and instead I've been reaching for the more traditional matte bullet lipstick. I really love the formula of the Anastasia matte lipsticks and out of the four shades I have honey is definitely my favourite. It is the most stunning pretty pale orangey nude shade. It's one I've been racking for when I don't really know what lipstick to wear. 

I heart makeup bronzer, Marc Jacobs liner, George lip liner, Anastasia matte lipstick, NYX gloss, two shades from the Jouer palette, Two Bleach London shades. 
That's it for today, I would love to know what you've been loving recently. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pretty little palettes - the vampy and the magical ones

I have not seen these palettes on any blogs however I feel like they are all over facebook. I hadn't really paid much attention to these however I saw that they were on a buy one get one free offer and decided to give them a go! 

I ended up paying £22 for the two which I thought was a pretty good deal, after getting them and swatching them I would definitely say it was an incredible deal. The first palette I ordered was the Magical palette, this one is the brightest of the three. I love the colour combination of the blues and the oranges. I feel like this palette is such a individual palette and you can create such a huge range of looks. The shimmers in this palette are so beautiful and metallic. The mattes are incredibly blendable, however I do wish there was maybe one more matte shade. 

The vampy palette is probably the one I get the most wear out of. These shades are super dark and I feel like this is a great autumnal and winter palette. I have to admit some of the shades are slightly more patchy than the magical palette. I feel like the range of shades in this palette are perfect, we have a couple of really stunning transition shades, a couple of really lovely lid shades and then some really beautiful deep shades. I feel like this palette is the ultimate warm toned smokey eye palette. I find that the shadows have a little more fallout opposed to the magical palette so this is definitely one to use before the rest of your makeup is applied. 

Overall I really like these palettes and I think if you can get them on the buy one get one free offer then you should definitely grab the opportunity. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The new kids on the block

I feel like recently they're has been a huge influx of new brands on the beauty scene. Today I thought I would share with you my thought on some products I've picked up from some new brands. I've got two new brands to Boots, a new brand to Superdrug and the new Asda makeup range. 

Obsession is a new brand to boots and comes from TAM beauty who are the umbrella brand that makeup revolution and I heart makeup come under. The range of products is fairly limited or at least the range in my local boots is. I picked up three of the matte lip kits and one of their liquid illuminators. The lip kits are all really lovely nude everyday shades, I think there are more shades however these three where the only ones my local boots had. These are very similar to the makeup revolution lip kits and I have been really enjoying the formula. The liquid illuminator is a beautiful duo chrome pink shade which I am so obsessed with. Again very similar to the makeup revolution ones and something I would definitely look into buying more shades of. 

The other new brand to boots is CYO, I believe that these are a replacement to the Seventeen range from Boots which I am actually really disappointed to hear that they are being discontinued. That being said the bits I have tried from CYO so far have been very impressive. I picked up a couple of powder products, the first being a matte bronzer which is a really lovely basic matte bronzer. I also picked up a trio illuminator which has two shimmer shades and a matte shade which is very similar to the bronzer. This looks so beautiful swirled together as a highlight/blush or the colours can be picked out and used individually. I also bought a lip liner which I have been really loving and I am definitely going to go and pick up some more shades as they are so creamy and comfortable. 

New to Superdrug is the Bleach London makeup range. This range largely focuses on custom palettes however they do also have other products such as liquid highlights and brushes. The eyeshadows come in a huge range of shades and are so pretty. I have actually filled up a nine pan palette and I also have a bigger palette with a couple of shades in as the range is super huge so there are a lot of shades that I didn't already have in my collection and I couldn't resist. The pans are also only £3.00 which you really can't complain about. 

Finishing up with the George at Asda range which is definitely the one that I bought the most from. the new range is super beautiful and is so affordable I just couldn't resist. The only thing I am yet to try is the cream eyeshadow which is a stunning bronze shade, it's very creamy I just haven't given it a go yet. The powder blush and bronzer are beautiful, super pigmented but also incredibly easy to blend and wear. The cosmic blush is something I have been using as a highlight and blush topper and I am so obsessed. It looks so beautiful and gives the face such a healthy luminous glow. Then for lips I picked up on of the matte lip shades and one of the satin shades. Both look stunning and wear beautifully. The matte one is so creamy and comfortable yet looks really matte. The satin reminds me a lot of Mac's satin formula both comfortable and creamy but not too creamy. Finally I picked up a lip liner which reminds me a lot of the CYO one. Very creamy and comfortable. 

That's it for today's post, have you tried anything from any of these brands? 

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Dipping my toes into Nip and fab

I was incredibly excited when Nip and fab announced they were bringing out a makeup range as I love their skincare. However I just never got round to picking anything up, that being said when I spotted the Liquid gold highlight drops I knew I had to pick them up. 

I went for the shade White gold which is the most beautiful pinky iced shade. These drops are ridiculously intense, yet they still blend out beautifully. These are definitely one for people who are into a more blinding highlight. Out of all the lower end liquid illuminators I have tried this one is definitely the one that is the most foiled. It doesn't have any glitter in it at all so if you are on the look out for a liquid highlight that is super blinding but doesn't have any glitter this one is for you. 

Moving onto the palette, I feel like this is the perfect everyday palette. It has a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades. If you are into highly metallic shimmer shades this one might not be for you however if you are look for just a slight shimmer then I feel like you will love this. The shadows are beautiful quality and aren't too pigmented making them nice and easy to blend. I feel like the range of shades in this palette is done really beautifully as there are plenty of transition shades for the majority of skin tones. It's also fairly neutral in tone, in fact a fair few of the shades are on the cooler end of the neutral spectrum. I also like the fact the shades have names and that they are on the packaging, although that isn't everything as a blogger and youtuber I always appreciate it. 

Overall I've been really impressed by the quality of the Nip and Fab products and I will definitely be trying more. I'd love to know what you think. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The everyday palette - Blank Canvas Master series one.

So it's been a bit of a manic two weeks. Yesterday I had an operation which I was meant to be having on Friday but it has all been very rushed. Today I just thought I would ease back into it with a review.  This palette is one I reach for so regularly as it is just a perfect day to day palette, it contains eleven matte shades and one shimmery lid shade making it perfect for anyone who wants a more natural look on the eyes. It also works really well as a palette to use as a base alongside a brighter palette as it has all the transitions, highlighters and crease shades you would want. 

The palette also comes with a beautiful double ended brush with a flat shadow shade and a fluffy blending brush. This is such a lovely quality brush and is one I reach for even now which isn't something I usually do with brushes I get with palettes. So without further ado, lets get into the shades. 

Lily - A true really highly pigmented matte white perfect for the brow bone. 

Goddess - A very pale highly shimmery gold shade. 

Core - For me this very pale taupe makes the perfect all over shade to set my primer however I feel like it is one would work better on paler skin tones as it may look ashy on darker skin tones. 

Hibiscus - A more neutral matte medium toned brown. 

Brazen - A warm toned light brown, this one fore me is my go to transition in the palette. 

Carmin - A very terracotta red shade which looks beautiful in the crease and outer V. 

Cocoa - A very deep warm toned shade with red undertones. 

Downtown - A slightly purple red toned deep brown. 

Forza - A camel brown shade which is another great crease shade. 

Hickory - This is slightly lighter and less red toned than Downtown. 

Strut - A peachy brown shade which is another really lovely transition. 

Corruption - A dark charcoal brown shade.