JACLYN HILL X BECCA. Review!

After months of lusting over the Jaclyn Hill highlighter ‘Champagne Pop’ by Becca Cosmetics, I finally have my own! After my birthday I went shopping and splurged on the makeup products I’d had my eye this year. I bought the highlighter from CultBeauty, one of my favourite websites to purchase makeup from. The description states it is cult because it is:

“The product you’ve all been waiting for, BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in ‘Champagne Pop’ is a beautiful apricot-gold highlighter, developed in collaboration with YouTube sensation (and make up maestro) Jaclyn Hill. A beautiful, buttery pressed powder, this illuminator is so finely milled it’s almost creamy – perfect for granting a dazzling, lit-from-within skin-finish.”

As you can see from the pictures above, this highlighter has a gorgeous sheen without being outright glittery. Surprisingly this can look natural if you use a light hand, however I like to use this highlighter for more dramatic looks, to give me an intense highlight. This highlighter really does have the most buttery and smooth feel when swatching and applying to the skin, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a product made by Jaclyn Hill<3. I would highly highly highly recommend this product if you love highlighters, after using this, I’m eager to try out more of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfecters.

I love the champagne gold packaging and how it mimics the colour of the actual product. I paid £32 for this product, which I know is pricey but I feel the quality makes it worth while. Highlighters also seem to last me a while so I know I will get loads of use from this. I’m so happy that I actually purchased this and I am excited to see how gorgeous this looks in the summer with a more fresh and summery makeup look:)

Makeup details:

  • Mac Strobe Cream
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation- Barcelona
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer- Light
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
  • Mac Mineralise Skinfinish- Give Me Sun
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter- Champagne Pop
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
  • Soap And Glory Super Cateye Eyeliner
  • Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade- Dark Brown
  • Mac Lipstick- Peach Stock
  • Mac Liner- Oak
  • Makeup Geek Creme Brûlée and Cocoa Bear (through the crease)

 

Thank you for reading, Megan xoxo

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Recent Makeup Haul: High-end and Drugstore

So recently throughout the beginning of March I have splurged on some new makeup. This is mostly high-end with one amazing dupe from Boots/Superdrug. I’ve noticed a slight theme that everything I have bought is bronzey/glowy- something I love all year around but especially now as we approach Spring/Summer!

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L’Oreal Lumi Magique Skin Base

I haven’t heard that much hype about this primer but I absolutely love it! If you are a fan of Mac’s Strobe Cream, like me, you will love this! It very similar in consistency, but slightly more lightweight… This gives you the EXACT same effect that the strobe cream does. It provides a nice tacky base for your foundation to stick to and gives you a lovely subtle glow, which can be intensified with a highlighter. I purchased this from Boots and it cost me £9.99, which is way cheaper than Mac strobe cream which retails at £24! I’m so happy I have found this amazing dupe, it does wonders for my skin!

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

So, this next product is definitely on the more pricey side! I paid £37 for this foundation but it is worth every penny! I bought mine in the shade 5.5 which is perfect for my natural skin tone with no fake tan on. I love to colour of this foundation and there are so many shades so there would definitely be something for everybody. I would say this is on par with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation which is my all time favourite. You can definitely tell this product is high end by the quality and the way it applies and lasts on the skin. The coverage is medium, which is lovely as it evens out your complexion but still allows freckles to show through, which I love. This foundation can also be layered up to a more full coverage without caking up! I HIGHLY recommend this product, so worth the hype.

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Nars Creamy Concealer

I have had my eye on this Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for a while now and have finally got around to purchasing it! I got mine in the shade Custard and it cost me £22.50. This concealer has a lovely blendable and creamy consistency- as the name might suggest. When I’m tanned this shade is lovely to highlight with, however when I’m pale I tend to conceal blemishes as it is slightly too dark to highlight with. Again I think this product really is worth the hype it gets, as it lasts all day and beats any of the drug store concealers I have tried. I would definitely recommend this product, however I would get colour matched in a store as the colours are fairly dark in terms of highlighting.

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Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo

Yet another glowey and bronze product, but this again adds a lovely flushed and bronzed finish to the skin. I LOVE the packaging too, like all TooFaced products, its super cute. I actually like to use the bronzer and blusher separately too, they look just as lovely as when you swirl it all together. The bronzer is a lovely medium shade, not too orange and not too ashy and the blusher is a lovely peachy pink! Perfect for summer! This actually retails at £28, however I was lucky enough to pick this up in TKmaxx for just £8.99! Such a bargain as the consistency and lasting power is lovely!

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Mac Global Glow Mineralise Skinfinish

This product is a repurchase, so it has been tried and tested many times and I’m still in love with it! This Mineralise Skinfinish by Mac is in the shade Global Glow and retails at £24, again this is pretty pricey but the quality makes it worth while. This adds a lovely bronzed glow and I like to apply a light layer over the whole of by skin, to give a lovely luminous effect. This product also seems to even out my complexion, say if my bronzer had gone slightly muddy, it smooths everything out. Amazing, love this product, definitely a favourite.

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

This product is another repurchase of mine, this is my all time favourite mascara. This product costs £19.50, however, when I purchased mine a few days ago they were giving away these lovely little sets which include a mini, travel size, roller lash mascara FOR FREE! The smaller one actually comes in so handy so grab this set whilst its available!! This mascara is super black and gives your lashes heaps of length and volume as well! This mascara does wonders for both long and short lashes, it is smudge-proof yet easy and gentle to remove! I will continue to repurchase this unless I discover a better mascara- which is unlikely. LOVE.

Thank you for reading x x

MOTD: Dramatic Smokey Winged Liner

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I was feeling adventurous with my makeup this weekend and decided to go for a dramatic and statement winged eyeliner look. To compliment this i added some neutral brown tones and smoked out the crease of my eyelids. Again to make this look slightly more smokey I added the same brown toned eyeshadows to my lower lash line to even up the look. As per usual I also went for a bold and feathery brow and a warm toned nude lip.

Products used for the smokey winged eyeliner look: 

To Begin with I primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Primer Potion and set this using the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I then began adding my transition colour Tease by Urban Decay with the Mac 217 brush. Taking the same brush to deepen up the crease I used the colour Soft Brown by Makeup Geek Cosmetics. On the outer V of my eye crease I added a mixture of the colours Americano and Corrupt again (of course) by Makeup Geek Cosmetics. I blended the darker shades out with the Zoeva Luxe Petite Crease Brush, so that the lines weren’t harsh and blended into one another nicely. This eye makeup looked slightly too ashy, so I took a slight amount of Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek Cosmetics and blended this throughout the entirety of my crease with the Zoeva Luxe Crease Brush. Now for the most important part of the look, I created a wing with the Benefit Magic Ink Black Liner, I made sure the liner was as neat as possible and went in an upward and outward direction in order to lift the eyes and look more awake. This liner is so jet black, it needs just one coat to create the desired dramatic effect. To make the eye look even and more polished blended the same Cocoa Bear eyeshadow along my lower lashes, and followed this by adding Americano right on the bottom lash line with the Zoeva Winged Liner brush to give the illusion that my lashes are thicker. I then highlighted by brow bone with the colour Foxy by Urban Decay and highlighted by inner corners with the MaryLoumanizer by TheBalm. To finish off this look I added my Benefit Roller Lash mascara, along with the Ardell Whispy lashes.

 

Products used on the rest of my face include:

  • Mac Strobe Cream
  • Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Mac ‘Give Me Sun’ Mineralise Skinfinish
  • Mary Loumanizer by TheBalm
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
  • Makeup Geek Blush in Infatuation
  • Mac Peach Stock Lipstick
  • Max Fix+

My posts have been so sporadic recently, I’ve had a hectic time submitting assignments for University and my Beauty Therapy course. Hopefully I will be able to post more regularly in the future. Thank you for reading 🙂 xo

January favourites!!!

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January has been a month where I have tried a tonne of new makeup products! All of the products in my favourites have been bought just after Christmas and used fluently throughout January. They have changed my face makeup routine and I love it!

Nars All day Weightless Luminous Foundation 

I was debating for a while whether or not to purchase this foundation as I have seen various good and bad reviews floating around YouTube and the rest of the internet. However I figured I would give it a go, as I love my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. And so far I love this one just as much! When applying this foundation it is very liquidy and runny so a little goes a long way. It applies slightly more matte, but if you set this with a very light powder, it allows your natural oils to come through and gives a beautiful luminous finish (as the name suggests). This foundation is a full coverage, but doesn’t feel cakey whatsoever. I got mine in the shade Medium 1 Punjab and what I love the most about Nars foundations is the colours. The slightly yellow-olive undertones suite my complexion perfectly! Although this is pricey (£32), it is definitely worth it!

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder

I don’t really know what to say about this product other than you need this if you haven’t already! It is perfect for setting the under eyes. It is translucent so keeps my under eyes looking bright and awake and when I use this product which is everyday that I wear makeup, my under eyes won’t crease all day! This has got to be my favourite favourite of the month as it has totally changed how my makeup looks. It is a very fine powder so it doesn’t feel cakey or dry, but it gives a very flawless effect. This retails for £29, again although this is expensive, it is worth the cost. I have also read that this lasts forever too and I have to say, mine looks like it hasn’t been touched as you only need a really small amount.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer 

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I have recently discovered this ‘drug store’ concealer, purchased at Boots. This concealer is very comparable to my all time favourite concealer (Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer). Similarly, this concealer is very light-weight and brightening under the eyes. It has a creamy, but not thick, consistency and looks lovely when set with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I have mine in the shade 010 Ivory as I like to use fairly light  concealers under my eyes. Although very lightweight, this concealer lasts on me all day without me having to touch up. I paid around £5.00 for this which is such a good price for a good quality product. After loving this I am definitely going to be trying out the foundation!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit 

I have been so eager to purchase something for the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, so of course it had to be the contour kit. I got mine in the shade Light-Medium and it suite my skin tone perfectly! I would actually say this could be a little dark for somebody with a very fair skin tone as the colours are more toward the medium side and are very pigmented. My favourite shades within the palette are the Banana powder and Fawn Powder (the middle two shades). The Banana powder is perfect for setting highlighted areas and the Fawn contour shade is perfect to give dimension to the face. All of the shades are very buttery and blendable, with great pigmentation. This palette is well worth the hype! I purchased this from BeautyBay.com which has a great range of American brands which are hard to find in the UK. I paid £39, which I think is very reasonable, as you’re getting six decent sized products in one. Definitely an essential in my everyday makeup now!

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural 

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I have finally found the perfect matte bronzer which isn’t too cool toned or too orange. This skin finish by Mac in the sahde ‘Give Me Sun’ is amazing for warming up the skin, to give you a natural bronzey look. Like all Mac powder products, this is so bendable and gives the skin a flawless finish. I can rely that this product will never go cakey or patchy on the skin, the formulation is amazing. I feel like this product would look good on a range of different skin tones, from light to a dark medium skintone. I love the packaging on this product too, its very compact and sleek and the mirror comes in very handy. I paid £24 for this, which is more on the pricey side however, I know I will always love Mac powders, they work amazingly on my skin.

Mac Lipstick

Finally I have added yet another Mac lipstick to my collection. This one is in the shade Peach Stock and is a satin finish. This colour looks beautiful on so many skin tones, I honestly think this would suite anyone. My favourite way to wear this is with any nude/brown lipliner. Due to the satin finish, this isn’t matte or glossy however looks great blotted with translucent powder for a matte look and great with a nude lipgloss for a more glossy look. This lipstick costs £14.50 and again, the quality makes it worth the price.

I can’t wait to try out more new products this month! Thank you for reading x x x

MOTD smokey purple berry toned eye

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So one of my favourite YouTubers Jayde Pierce inspired me to experiment with a purple toned smokey eye! Definitely check out her channel she is amazing and so stunning.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQhwqZ33f_APooCusvTCwww

I have spoken about my love for the Makeup Geek eye shadows on my previous post so you already know I think the quality is amazing. Since my last post, I have actually purchased 5 more single eye shadows from Makeup Geek. I bought 3 more matte shades and 2 of the foiled eye shadows, which I am planning on doing an in depth review and demo on!

Anyway… To create this eye look I used the Makeup Geek shades Peach Smoothie, Creme Brûlée and Bitten in combination with the BareMinerals eyeshadow loose pigments in the shades Sex Kitten and Nude Beach.
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Top row: Peach Smoothie, Creme Brûlée, Bitten. Bottom row: Nude Beach, Sex Kitten. 
To begin with I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and I then set this with my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I then took Peach Smoothie on my Mac 217 and started blending this through the crease, I continued to do this same step with the shade Creme Brûlée to create some dimension in the crease. Next, on a flat shader brush I took the shade Bitten and packed this on the lid. Taking the shade Creme Brûlée again on the Mac 217 I blended this in the with Bitten shade to get rid of any harsh lines. I then grabbed the shade bitten again and packed this really densely at the bottom of my lid with my finger as I found this is a good way to pack on a lot of product. I then sprayed a flat lid brush by Zoeva with my Mac Fix+ and picked up the BareMinerals pigment (Sex Kitten) and packed this on top of Bitten to add some sparkle. To add an inner corner highlight I applied the shade Nude Beach to the tear duct area.
To finish off the eyes I applied my Huda Beauty lashes in the style Samantha. These lashes are amaaaaaaazing! I’m going to do a review soon as these have become my favourite style of lashes.
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Huda Beauty, Samantha lashes.
Other products used:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz- Medium Brown
Benefit Gimme Brow- Dark Brown
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation- Punjab
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- Light Warm
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Anastasia Contour Kit- Light-Medium
Mac Skinfinish Natural- Give Me Sun
Mac Lipstick- Whirl
Mac Fix+
Thank you so much for reading x x

MOTD Sunset Smokey eye: Make Up Geek

Sooooo after Christmas I finally ordered some of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows after hearing many Youtubers and Bloggers rave about the amazing and pigmentation and blend-ability. Every wonderful you have heard about these eyeshadows is completely true and if you’re debating buying some I would say they’re more than worth the investment, retailing at just £4.95!! I purchased 4 of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows from Beauty Bay and they arrived within just 2 days AND the delivery was free- I was so impressed. The eyeshadows are very comparable to Mac eyeshadows, however in my opinion, are slightly more easy to work with due to how creamy they apply and blend. I highly recommend these eyeshadows!! The best I have ever used, I will definitely be purchasing more Makeup Geek products for sure.

http://www.beautybay.com

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Ignore my ridiculously hairy and overgrown eyebrows! But anyway, to create this look I used 4 Makeup Geek shadows:

  • Desert Sands
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Bitten
  • Morocco

To give the look more depth I added my Maybelline black gel liner to create a wing, some Ardell Demi Wispy lashes, Benefit roller lash mascara  and my Rimmel black liner to my upper and lower water line. To finish off the eyes I used my Mac Fix+ in conjuction with my Mary Louminizer by TheBalm and applied this to my brow bone and inner corner to highlight.

Products on the rest of my face:

  • Benefit Porefessional Primer
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Barcelona)
  • Urban Decay Naked Concealer (Light Warm)
  • Mac Prep and Prime Highlighting Pen (Light Boost)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • Mac Studio Fix Powder (NC25)
  • Mac Bronzer (Give Me Sun)
  • Mac Mineralise Skinfinish (Global Glow)
  • TheBalm Highlighter (Mary Louminizer)
  • Benefit blush (Dandylion)
  • Mac lipliner (Boldybare)
  • Mac lipstick (Whirl)
  • Mac Fix+

Thank you for reading xo

ZOEVA brushes review- new favourites!!

After reading and watching amazing reviews on these brushes I knew that a Zoeva brush set had to be an addition to my Christmas wish list! As I already own quite a large collection of brushes I decided that a set of 8 would be enough for me. I obviously went with the rose gold and black colour scheme- which looks amazing on my dressing table.

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The Rose Golden Luxury Set comes with a gorgeous brown and rose gold bag as well as 8 beautifully soft brushes. As stated on the website the set includes:

Face:
106 Powder: Apply loose and pressed powder
102 Silk Finish: Apply and blend foundation
110 Face Shape: Contour the face shape with cream and powder products
127 Luxe Sheer Cheek: Apply powder blush
142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend concealer

Eyes:
227 Luxe Soft Definer: Softly blend and smooth eyeshadow
231 Luxe Petit Crease: Accentuating and blending in the crease
317 Wing Liner: Detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing

https://www.zoeva-shop.de/en/makeup-brush-sets/theme-collection/rose-golden-luxury-set/a-8000382/

This set retails at £56.95 which is so reasonable considering the quality of these brushes. I was surprisingly impressed by how luxurious these brushes feel and how smoothly they apply the product. I actually prefer them to the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection brushes, which are my all time favourites. I was especially impressed with the 231 Luxe Petit Crease and the 227 Luxe Soft Definer brushes which blend the eyeshadows like a dream! My favourite face brush from this collection would have to be the 110 Face Shape which blends both cream and powder products and fits into the hollows of your cheekbones perfectly!

“Inspired by the dazzling explosion of pink and gold, our ROSE GOLDEN Luxury Set is downright divine. Stored in a sleek, classy clutch, the luxurious brush collection comes with eight essential handcrafted brushes for your everyday makeup routine or looks with extravagance. The kit comes with both, high quality natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, so it can be used with cream and powder based products.”

This set is an amazing addition to a makeup collection (especially beginners)… I highly recommend these brushes if you’re yet to try them out!

I hope everybody had an amazing Christmas! Thanks for reading xo

MOTD- My Go To Everyday Makeup Look

Recently on a day to day basis I have been going for a cat eye, winged liner, with glowy skin and of course a brown based nude lipstick.

  • Skin prep and foundation.

Firstly I like to moisturise my skin with the Simple Revitalising Night Cream. I have found that using a night cream day and night has helped to moisturise my skin. Due to its thicker consistency, I also find that it makes a nice primer as it leaves the skin feeling tacky, giving the foundation a surface it can cling to. This works well for dry skin, however I would avoid this method if you have oily skin as it will produce excess oils on the skin throughout the day. Off topic slightly but anyway… I then like to prime my skin just within the T-zone with the Benefit Pore-fessional Primer, as i like this area to have a smooth finish. Onto foundation, of course I use my Nars Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Barcelona and buff this in with a Real Techniques 100 brush. Using the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade Light Medium I conceal my under eye dark circles and highlight in between my eyebrows, the tops of my cheek bones and my cupids bow. To blend this in I just use my damp Real Techniques complexion sponge. I use the Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC25, I’m actually on the hunt for a new setting powder, one that keeps my under eyes looking bright and awake!! (Any suggestions??) IMG_8405.jpg

  • Contour, highlight and blush.

To add some dimension to my face I like to use the Mac Global Glow in combination with Clarins Colours of Brazil bronzing powder, which I think was limited edition but gives a beautiful natural tan to the skin. Using my Real Techniques 301 brush, I use the bronzing powder to lightly contour my cheekbones and the top of my forehead. I’m not a huge blush fan however, I have been loving Mac Margin blush as it has a more Mauve/brown undertone and fine gold shimmer running through which gives the skin a lovely glow. I apply this with an Eco Tools blush brush. To highlight, I have been using a fan shaped brush to apply my new holy grail highlight- Mary-Lou Manizer, which every blogger/makeup fanatic/YouTuber knows is amazing. The pigmentation of this highlight is like no other!IMG_8397

  • Eyes.

To prime my eyes I use the Creme De Nude Colour Tattoo by Maybelline and set this with the eyeshadow Foxy which is in the Naked 2 palette. This just creates a nice smooth and skin coloured base. To add definition to my crease I have recently been using my Real Techniques 201 brush and Benefit’s Hoola, a matte bronzer- I LOVE this product, it is so versatile and works great as a crease colour. I then move straight onto my eyeliner, as I like to keep the eyeshadows looking simple when i’m creating a winged out look. To begin with I draw a simple thin line using the Soap and Glory Super Cat Eye liner in black. I the go in with an Eco Tools Angled Liner brush and my Maybelline Gel Liner to create the wing, drawing the outline first and filling it in once I’m happy with the shape. I like to line my upper water line with a black eyeliner, any will do, I tend to use the Essence eyeliner in 01 Black, which was £1.99 and is surprisingly impressive. I use the same Essence eyeliner but in a dark brown (08 Teddy) just below my lower lash line to give the impression of thicker eyelashes. I then smudge this out with Benefit’s Hoola again, using a Bare Minerals Tapered Shadow brush (again any smallish brush will do). To finish the eyes off I use a generous amount of the Benefit Roller Lash, which is my all time favourite mascara. I have seen so many mixed reviews on this mascara but it just works amazingly for me.

  • Eyebrows.

I’m thinking of posting step by step photos of how I do my eyebrows as I struggle to describe how I do them but  I will try my best for now. Firstly I use the Collection clear mascara to position my eyebrows how I would like them. I always find it easier to do this first, although I’m aware most people do this last. Anyway, I then go in with my HD Brows palette in the dark brown shade, using a clean Eco Tools Angled brush and using light strokes I fill in my eyebrows. I always make sure to use less product at the start of my eyebrows to make sure they look more natural. Once I am happy with the shape of my brows, I go back in with a brow gel, but this time I use the Loreal Brow Artist in Dark Brown. I love this product, it instantly makes your eyebrows look so much thicker, due to the fibres in it. IMG_8401

  • Lips.

I Begin by lining my lips with Mac’s Nice ‘N’ Spicy lipliner and then I alternate between one of the many nude lipsticks I own. Today I went for Viva Glam II, which has a lovely satin finish.

Finally to set I use the trusty Mac Prep and Prime Fix+ spray!

Sorry its a bit of a ramble but I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading xo

Recent Favourites…

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I figured it was a little late to post my November favourites, but I really wanted to share with you guys the things I have been loving in the past month or so!

  • Mac ‘Boldly Bare’ lipliner
  • Mac ‘Honey Love’ lipstick
  • Soleil Tan De Chanel
  • The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer
  • Real Techniques 200 powder brush
  • Real Techniques 301 contour brush
  • Real Techniques 201 crease brush

 

Throughout the past month I have been obsessed with this lip combination! Mac’s Honey Love lipstick and Boldly Bare lipliner create the perfect warm/brown toned nude lip. I personally prefer and suit a more browny toned nude as opposed to a pinky nude so I was thrilled when I discovered these products. The colour payoff is quite similar to Mac’s Velvet Teddy lipstick but slightly lighter. As we all know Mac lip products are amazing and the Matte range is extremely long-lasting. I will definitely need to repurchase as I use these products almost everyday.

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I won’t ramble too much about this product as I did a full review on it last week. However I have fallen in love with this bronzer!! Again I wear this almost everyday, as it is perfect for a minimal makeup and full glam makeup look. On a day to day basis I will just pair this with the Urban Decay Naked concealer to highlight and I will be good to go without the need for any foundation. This product gives a glowy bronzed finish to the skin and can also be used as a natural contour. LOVE… try if you haven’t already!

This is one of the most raved about highlighting products around and it totally deserves all of the credit it gets. The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by TheBalm is an amazing and fairly inexpensive product. I bought this from FeelUnique for around £12 in the Black Friday sales and have loved it ever since. It is incredibly versatile, as it can be used for an eyeshadow or highlight. Gives a nice golden glow to the skin and can be used for a natural look or built up for an extreme glow. It has a nice smooth texture and I find it works best with a fan brush and set with Mac Prep and Prime Fix+ to ensure the excess powder sets into your skin. I think this product would be great for all skin types due to its golden/neutral undertones. New favourite highlighter.

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The final beauty related items I have been loving are the brushes from the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection. These brushes are soooo soft and such great quality, I couldn’t recommend them enough. The gold one which you can see in the picture is the 100 powder brush, and i like to use this to buff in my foundation, it gives a really natural flawless finish. The bronze one is the number 301, and I like to use this to contour and bronze up my face, it blends everything out effortlessly. Lastly, the silver one is the 201 crease brush and is amazing for blessing out eyeshadows- especially for beginners when creating a smokey eye etc. I will definitely be purchasing more of these brushes, they are worth every penny!

Again sorry for the rubbish quality, I will hopefully be getting a better camera for blogging over Christmas xo

 

SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL

After the Black Friday Sales, I decided to finally bite the bullet and by this amazing bronzing product. This is honestly one of the most natural looking bronzers I have tried. The concept of a cream bronzer sounds daunting but its sooo easy to apply! I apply mine with a Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 brush (a densely packed contour brush) and it seems to do the trick perfectly. I’ve tried to capture it the best I can in the picture above, this bronzer smooths out any imperfections and blends amazingly. Great for a natural contour. Although the price is steep, retailing at £32, the luxurious packaging and large quantity makes it all worth while. Seen as though I have nothing like this in my collection, it was a necessary addition. The colour is very universal, not too orange or ashy etc. so i would recommend this for any skin type, although you may have to build up the colour more, if you have a deeper complexion. Very happy with this purchase! xo