Products You Need To Try From Makeup Revolution

Makeup Revolution seems to be killing it at the moment, they keep releasing good product after good product. If you read my Get To Know Me post, link here, then you know that it is the drugstore brand that I have most makeup products from. I thought it would be a bit much to do a post where I talk about all the products I have from them so I thought I would just do a post full of the ones that I really recommend trying out. All these products I really love and use almost every time that I do my makeup.

HD Pro Cream Contour - Light/Medium, £10:
I wanted to start off by talking about my fave discovery from Makeup Revolution. I used to be scared of using cream products because of how bad my skin was but now I've converted because they give a natural, healthy look to your base. I am really quite fair, for reference in Mac I wear NC15, but I went for the Light/Medium because I like wearing a really strong contour. If you prefer a more natural contour and you are as pale as me then me then I would suggest picking up the Light version. What I really like about the HD Pro Cream Contour kit is how creamy in texture it is, the cream products are so easy to blend onto the face and layer really nicely. I normally set everything with a translucent powder but I did test it out without setting it and the creams lasted all day!!

I want to give a little breakdown on all the shades in this palette and what I use them for. The first shade I use for an under eye highlight & I really like it as it's the palest cream highlight I own. The second shade I use under my cheek contour to sharpen it up and to add a bit of highlight. The third shade is one that I don't use as it's too dark for me. The last shade on the top row is an orange toned brown which I like to use to blend my contour out with and use to bronze up my face. I normally use this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. The first two shades on the bottom row I switch between as my contour shade. The one next to that is the darkest shade in the palette, it's too strong of a contour for me and that's saying a lot from me! I think I'll get use out of it when I have a bit more of a tan. Last in the palette is a banana shade which I don't really use as I prefer more of a white under eye highlight so I only use it when I'm mixing it with the white shade.

Brow Pomade in Dark Brown, £6:
I really love my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade but I've almost run out of it and it's a bit on the pricey side so the Makeup Revolution pomade is one of the dupes I have been testing out. I have both brow pomades in Dark Brown and they are spot on the same shade. When it comes to formulation the Makeup Revolution one is stiffer so you have to work with it more. It does take a little bit more of effort to fill in brows but it's only a fraction of the price of the ABH one. I defo recommend giving it ago if you're looking for a good dupe. Also the Makeup Revolution one comes with a little double-ended brush which is great because you don't have to worry about buying a brush to use the pomade with. One side is rounded, which I haven't used, and the other side is a standard angled brush. Surprisingly it works pretty well and is a perfect size to throw in a travel makeup bag.

Skin Kiss Highlighter in Ice Kiss, £5:
I saw some reviews on this highlighter before I bought it and they all said it was a massive highlighter but I was still shocked when I got this in the post with how big it is. This highlighter contains 14g of product!! I really love this highlighter as it is an icy white shade, perfect for us pale skinned girls and is super pigmented. If I use a stippling brush to apply it can come off as a stripe so I like to use a fan brush as it can be built up to give a blinding glow. I put this highlighter on my cheeks, cupids bow, chin, my brow bone and inner eye highlight. I have found if I put it on my forehead it's a bit too glowy and sometimes comes off as patchy which is weird because I don't find that it comes off as patchy anywhere else. For £5 I think it's a really good and one that I recommend trying if you like a blinding highlight. It comes in 3 different shades and there is one that will suit every skin tone.

Renaissance Lipstick in Greatest, £4:
In my 4 Go To Lip Products post, I included one from Makeup Revolution, link to post here. I had to include another one in this post as even though they aren't the most long lasting lipsticks they are the creamiest lipsticks I've ever tried out. I defo recommend you trying them out as I think they are great value for the price. This one is in Greatest which is a true pink shade. I've found it lasts around 3 to 4 hours on me because of how creamy they are they transfer quite a bit when you eat or drink. It does feel so good on the lips, you don't need to worry about the condition of your lips you can throw this lipstick on! The Renaissance lipsticks smell really lovely as they smell like vanilla. I really do think these lipsticks are a steal and the pretty rose gold packaging is quite weighty so feels like it costs more than £4. If you do pick these up I recommend going for the more nudey shades because they fade down nicely unlike the one I have in a deep dark purple shade. It is very obvious when that one starts to come off.

So those were the four products from Makeup Revolution that I really recommend giving a go. Have you tried anything out from this brand? I'd love to know what products you really like from them.


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Hitting 100 Followers and Brunch at Duck & Waffle

My little blog hit 100 followers on Bloglovin'!! I know that might seem like a tiny number to you but it means the world to me. When I first started blogging I had the thought that having 100 followers would be crazy because that's a lot of people to be interested in my ramblings about makeup products. I'm so happy that I've reached this number, it's just nice to know there are people out there that are reading my blog and interested in what I have to say. 

Anyways enough of me being soppy, to celebrate I really wanted to go to the Sky Garden for breakfast but unfortunately they were all booked up. So me, my sister, her boyfriend and a friend of mine managed to book a table for brunch at Duck & Waffle which is another place I've been waiting to try out for ages now. 

Duck & Waffle is located at 100 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY on the 40th floor and it is the highest restaurant in London that's open 24 hours a day. If you are travelling there by tube, we got off at Liverpool Street Station and it was only a short walk to get there from the station.

I'm not going to lie to you, riding up 40 floors in a glass evaluator was pretty scary and it did make my ears pop. But being that high up was great as we got to see the incredible views surrounding us across parts of Central London. As you can see from the photo the building was right next to the Gherkin. It was such a shame that on the day we went it was super cloudy as I imagine looking out onto London from there when it's sunny would be beautiful.

Once we got to the 40th floor we walked through the bar bit to get to the restaurant, it was a pretty cool bar and I think it would be good to have a cocktail there while watching the sun set over London. The restaurant was open on three sides so wherever you sit you can catch a glimpse of the view. If you want to get a seat with the best view then you need to grab a table of two as they line the perimeter of the restaurant.

Before my visit, I scrolled through Instagram looking at all of Duck & Waffle's yummy food. The waffles, in particular, looked incredible but I'm not a massive waffle fan or was feeling adventurous enough to try out the Egg, Duck & Waffle combo. The three of us opted for the House Breakfast while my sister went for the Colombian Eggs.

The House Breakfast came with Lincolnshire sausage, two eggs, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash brown, Scottish black pudding and a Cheddar & buttermilk scone. Overall it was a really well done full English. A highlight for me was the hash browns that were made into a ball, I could have eaten about 10 of them! I thought I hated poached eggs because the one's I tried tasted like rubber but I tried some of these poached eggs and they were some of the best eggs I've ever tasted!! It was so nice to have a lovely cup of proper coffee along with my meal and the only thing I didn't like was the cheesy scone.

My sister had avocado, sourdough toast, scrambled eggs and added a side of smoked salmon. She really liked the added touch of salt flakes on her food but wasn't really a fan of the eggs. I think it was because the scrambled eggs were made with tomato and spring onions.

It is on the pricer end for normal breakfast and brunch things but Duck & Waffle is defo worth a visit if you're around London. The customer service we got was amazing, it wasn't a long wait to get our food at all and our waiter was always around our table in case we needed anything. I defo want to go back and so I can enjoy more food and drink while I'm 40 floors up above London.

So there was my little review of Duck & Waffle, I had such a great time celebrating my little blog's milestone. Have any of you been before or know of any cool brunch spots I should try next?



My 4 Go To Lip Products

I need to start this blog post off with a little bit of an apology. I feel so bad that I haven't posted for a whole two weeks now. I don't know what happened but these last couple of weeks I haven't really felt like blogging at all. That was until last night when I felt super motivated and I wrote two new posts. I'm really excited that I got my motivation back and I can get back into blogging.

So in this blog post, I'm going to give you a rundown of the lip products that I am always reaching for at the minute. I normally stick to the same products that I love when I do my makeup until I find new products that I like. So I've noticed for almost 2 months now these are the lip products I'm always wearing. There's two lipsticks that I have been wearing during the day, a liquid lipstick I normally wear on nights out and a lip liner that I normally pair with all of these lip products.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Vow, £4:
I need to start off by talking about how gorgeous the packaging of this lipstick is! I love the rose gold packaging and how weighty it feels. It's an obvious dupe of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks but it has the same luxurious feel to it and for £4 it is an utter steal! Moving on to talk about the lipstick, Vow is a proper true brown shade. What I love about this lipstick is how creamy it is on the lips, it is defo the creamiest lipstick I've ever tried. That's why it's one of my go to lip products because I never need to worry about the condition of my lips when I wear this. There is a downside to how creamy it is though and that is it does transfer a lot. I find it lasts on me for like 3-4 hours. This is defo one that you have to keep topping up throughout the day especially if you are gonna eat or drink a lot. I do find that this shade does fade down nicely and doesn't leave a noticeable ring where the product has worn off which is nice as it's not as obvious when it comes off.

Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter, £6.99:
Trendsetter is a dusty rose lipstick that I really like the colour of as it isn't too overly pink. It's a non-drying lipstick that will sit comfortably on your lips during the day which is why I have been wearing it a lot recently. It does feel creamy on but is nowhere as creamy as the Makeup Revolution one. As it isn't transfer proof it lasts around 5 hours on me which I think is pretty good for a lipstick. I just need to mention the one little thing I don't like about this lipstick which is the smell! It has that overly fake watermelon smell to it but luckily once it has been applied you can't smell it anymore.

Nyx Lip Lingerie Lipstick in Corset, £7:
Out of the bunch, this is defo my fave and I've been loving it since December!! I did mention in my Get To Know Me post, link herethat the Nyx Lip Lingerie is my fave product to wear on my lips at the moment. It's a nude brown liquid lipstick which applies really nicely as the wand is really long. Once on it dries down super matte and can settle into the lines on the lip. I don't mind it drying down really matte because I know once I've put it on it's not going anywhere. This is my go-to lip product for a night out when I do a very dark brown/black smokey eye as I never wear proper nudes during the day anymore. I have found this lasts on my lips 6/7 + hours.

Mac Cork Lip Liner, £13:
I'm a sucker for a lip liner, my lip liner collection is always growing and I never do a lip without one! This is the lip liner that if I could only have one then this is what it would be. I really like that it is the perfect brown shade where it can be worn with nudes but it is also dark enough to be worn with brown lips too. I wear Cork with Vow, Trendsetter & Corset and it compliments the different shades really well.

So those were the lip products that I am constantly reaching for at the moment. What your go-to lip products? It would be good to get some new recommendations of which lip products I should try out next.



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Urban Outfitters Home Wishlist

If you read my Get To Know Me post, link here, then you know that I'm moving from a flat into a house soon. I'm really starting to get excited about decorating a house and making it totally my own. Urban Outfitters have some of the best home stuff so I thought I'd do a wishlist post showing you some of the stuff I like from their website.

Urban do some pretty cool prints for bedding. I already have picked up Cactus bedding from them and next, I wanna get the Marble Print Duvet Set. I saw this Cactus Cushion and thought it was so cute!! I really like the strips and the tassels coming off of it. I think it would look nice as a statement pillow along a couple of other scatter pillows on a bed or sofa. The Diya Spotted Fringe Bolster Cushion also caught my eye. I really like the fringe on it and it's that lovely shade of pink that is everywhere at the moment.

I bought a couple of prints off Etsy, including a cool Kendrick Lamar one, like a year ago but haven't had anywhere to put them up. I thought the Wire Wall Grid would be a great way to display the prints with other mementoes like postcards from trips I've been on. These Knotted Linen Curtain Panel look so unique I've never seen knotted curtains like this before and I imagine they look great when they are hanging up. They used to have them in white online but not anymore so I'll have to have a look on some other websites to see if they have anything similar. The Galaxy Fairy Lights look really pretty they have silver wire and I like how they don't have lightbulbs that stick out like how normal fairy lights do. They light up and it looks like it's just coming out of the wire!

So the next item is very unlikely that I will buy because I have no idea how you would hang these from the ceiling, but it's the Iris Macrame Hanging Planter. I've seen planters like this on Pinterest that hang from the ceiling and I always thought it would be cool to have floating plants throughout the house. I have a couple of cactus' and succulents in my room at the moment and I've been looking for concrete plant pots for them to go in. There is something about the concrete look that I really like the look of so I got excited when I saw these Paddywax Small Concrete Candles because they come in concrete jars. The Alexia Line Jewellery Storage Hanging Mirror is a nice way to have your necklaces on display with a nice added bonus of having a mirror attached.

There's something great about clear light bulbs that you can see inside of, like the Straight Table Lamp, you can see it working which is really fascinating to look at. Okay, so the two last bits are kitchen bits that are a bit random but would be handy. I've never seen an Avocado Slicer before!! I wonder how good it would be at cutting an avocado. Last on my Urban Outfitters Wishlist is this Copper Measuring Spoon Set which I thought would look pretty using whenever I baked.

Do you get excited at buying bits for your home? Let me know of any good places to check out to get some new home bits from.


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Get To Know Me: A-Z Tag

I realised that there is very little information about me on here. So I thought it would be fun to do the A-Z Tag that I've seen floating around so you can get to know me a bit better. Some of the facts are a bit random as I really struggled to think up things for some of the letters.

A - Age. I am 23 years old. My birthday is February 16th so that makes me an Aquarius!

B - Blog. I started blogging back in 2015 with a different website name and then moved onto blogging on here in October of 2015. Since then I have been blogging on and off until I took the plunge and bought my domain and relaunched this blog in April of this year.

C - Cat. Recently I don't know what it is but I have been really wanting to get a pet cat. I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at all the cute kittens and Cats of Instagram is a great insta to scroll through and watch cute cat videos on. I live in a flat at the minute so can't get one but I'm moving into a house soon and I'm quite tempted to get one once I've settled in.

D - Drugstore Brand that I have the most products from is Makeup Revolution! They have been killing it recently with all the new products that they've been releasing. My fave thing from them at the minute is their cream contour kit!

E - Eyeliner. I rarely wear eyeliner anymore! I'm just so awful at applying it and I can never get my eyes to look the same. I only wear it occasionally when I put fake eyelashes on to help them blend in better.

F - Favourite step of doing my makeup is definately contouring! I'm a sucker for a strong contoured look and do it everytime I apply makeup.

G - Goats. They are one of my favourite animals, this year I went to the Oxford Vs. Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields Farm. It was such a great day out with two very cute goats and I'll defo be going back next year.

H - High-end Makeup Brand that I have most products from is Mac! I haven't bought Mac products in ages but I feel like everyone goes through that stage of buying quite a lot of products from there.

I - Iceland is at the top of all the places that I want to travel too. Seeing the Northern Lights and swimming in the Blue Lagoon are on my bucket list!

J - Jaffa Cakes. This one was a really hard one for me to think up something for so I'm going with Jaffa Cakes. They are one of my fave snack foods and I always finish off a pack in one sitting.

K - Korean Skincare. This was one that I really struggled to think of something for but I hear there are some really great Korean skincare bits of the market so I am keen to try some out.

L - London is my home town! I love that there are so many different things to do here. I'm always stumbling on a new fave pub or a great place to get some food.

M - Makeup. I started wearing makeup when I was around about 14 or 15. The first thing that I bought was the Dream Matte Mousse Foundation that was definitely not my shade!

N - Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks. This is my favourite product to wear on my lips at the moment, look forward to a post soon that includes my fave shade.

O - OITNB. I've just finished watching season 5 of Orange is the New Black and I think it's my fave season so far. This season they mixed it up a bit so I'm really looking forward to seeing what's gonna happen in the next season.

P - Poo Emoji. The poo emoji is my most used emoji.

Q - Queen. I am obsessed with Ru Paul's Drag Race and my fave queen from this season was Valentina. She created some really strong looks and has the nicest persoanlity!

R - Ronnie. My name's Veronica but I prefer to go by Ronnie.

S - Septum Piercing. I've had my Septum pierced twice now and I miss having the piercing but I can't be asked to go back a third time to get pierced again.

T - Twitter. Twitter is my fave out of all social media. I love joining in on Twitter chats as it's a great way to interact with bloggers and it's also where I find great new blogs to follow too.

U - Urban Outfitters. Like I said in this post I'm moving into a house in a couple of months. I really can't wait to decorate it exactly how I want it to look like. I defo will be getting a lot of things from UO home they have some of the best homeware!

V - Vanessa. I have a non-identical twin sister and i'm two minutes older!

X - X-Ray. I'm sorry I couldn't think of anything else for this one! I have never had an x-ray and never have broken a bone.

W - When Harry Met Sally is my all time favourite movie. It's the one movie that I can always watch without ever getting bored of it. There's a big scene that happens on New Years so I always find myself watching it a couple days before New Years.

Y - Youtube. I start off watching youtube videos and that's where I got product reccomendations on which makeup products to buy but now I mostly get them from reading blogs.

Z - Zoeva. I really want to try out this brand this year as I haven't tried out anything from them before. The only problem is they have so many pretty palettes it will be hard not to buy them all.

I hope you enjoyed my break from beauty posts to learn a little bit more about me. Leave me a comment letting me know a couple facts about youself!



Boots Haul & First Impressions

I popped into Boots the other day, only meaning to pick up a foundation as my Kat Von D one ran out suddenly. There were a couple of offers on, so I got a bit sucked in and ended up walking out with a good-sized amount for a haul post. Two of the products I picked up were repeat purchases but the rest I hadn't tried out before. As I've tried out everything a couple of times now I thought I'd include a little first impressions to let you know what I think about them so far.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation, in 52 Vanilla, £10.99
I picked up this foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, as I ran out of foundation just before a night out and needed to go to the shops quickly to pick up one. I've read so many great reviews on it recently and heard it's great for people with dry skin. Every time I've worn it I've been so surprised with how my skin looks! It makes skin look natural, radiant, and it builds up to quite a good coverage. I feel like I've come across a winner as after a couple of hours it doesn't settle into my dry skin which so many other foundations do. A nice added bonus is it smells really nice and fruity. The only downside I've found so far is when I've used it with my Spectrum Wonder Sponge & Spectrum Buffing Brush I've noticed it eats up a lot of product so I'm trying to find a brush that won't absorb it as much.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in 01 Ivory, £7.99
So this one isn't a new product for me, I've almost finished one up and liked it so much I wanted to get another one before it ran out. This concealer gives such a great, bright, under eye highlight. The consistency of this is a bit on the thick side but it gives high coverage and it covers up dark circles really well. The only thing to note about this concealer is it has pinky undertones to it and my skin has more of a yellow undertone to it. Once it's on the face blended out and set with powder I think it works though and it doesn't look weird that it isn't yellow toned like the rest of my face.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, in 07 Nude-ist, £8.99
Boots were having a 3 for 2 on Bourjois products and I've never tried any lip products out from them before so thought I'd give this product a go. I'm a total nude with brown undertones kind of a lip girl and was trying to look for a colour like that but when I was swatching the lipsticks in the store the nudes came off as too orangey for my likings. So I went for this reddish pink shade which is a bit different from what I normally go for. When I first tried it on I noticed that it comes off way as a pink than a red shade. I really like how smooth and creamy this feels on my lips. It takes a while to dry but it doesn't have an overly drying formula at all. I have found this lipstick transfers a bit when eating or drinking but it turns into a pretty stain look throughout the day.

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara, £7.99
If you read my Beauty Wishlist post, link here, then you would have seen that this was one of the beauty products that I wanted to try out. It's got a pretty interesting wand, as you can see from the picture, it is in the shape of a twirl. I haven't seen a mascara wand like this before! From the first time I used this I really liked this mascara, it makes my lashes really long while giving them a great boost of volume.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow,  in Creme de Nude, £5.99
I recently ran out of the eye primer I was using which was Mac's Soft Ochre and to be honest I've been a bit lazy and just been using concealer to prime my eyes. I've seen on a couple of blogs people comparing it to the Mac paint pot I was using before and decided to give it a go as you can literally buy almost 3 of these for the price of 1 Mac one. Unlike the Mac version it doesn't blend out nicely on my eyelid with a brush, it came off as patchy. But when I warm up the product with my fingers and apply it with my fingers it creates an even base. Eyeshadows layer well on top of this so I'm pretty happy with this dupe.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, £5.99
Boots were having a buy one get one half price on Maybelline so I decided to pick up this concealer up. I'm a bit disappointed with it because I picked up the lightest shade and it's a shade too dark for me. First impressions of this concealer, it does have a pretty high coverage to it. I found that it did a good job of covering my acne scarring. Hopefully, I will get a bit of a tan this summer so I can try this out properly.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser, £13
I've just run out of the moisturiser I was using so I decided to go back to an old favourite. This multi-use product can be used as primer, moisturiser and makeup remover among other things. I normally just use it as a moisturiser as it is really hydrating. I think it's perfect for anyone that suffers from really dry skin. If I'm wearing makeup I'll always put on a primer on top just to make sure my makeup doesn't sink into any dry patches during the day. But if you have normal to combo skin this might work well as a primer for you.

So that was my little Boota haul with a bunch of first impressions.. Are there any products you've picked up recently?


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Skincare Products I've Been Testing Out

These skincare products were included in the goodie bag that I received from the Glamour Beauty Festival this year. I thought I would share with you these two cleansers and face mist as I've been really enjoying testing them out. I've been using these products for awhile now and only have a little amount left in each. What I like about these skincare bits is they work great with my dry skin, are very gentle and they don't dry out my skin any further.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, 50ml, £12.50
This cleanser is extra gentle, removes everyday impurities and makeup even mascara without stripping the skin of essential moisture. It also works to tone, soothe, and soften the skin for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion. This cleanser has a gel consistency so I've been using it in the shower. What I like about this is, the description is 100% right about not removing moisturise from your skin, it does not dry out my face at all! A lot of gel cleansers and face washes I've used in the past have so I'm really loving this one doesn't do that. It's very gentle and even when I use it on my eyes it didn't sting them at all. I'm not sure about the claim that it makes skin radiant though, I haven't seen a noticeable difference with that really.

Here's a little rundown of the ingredients; Amino acid-rich soy proteins that help maintain elasticity and healthy skin, Rosewater for its calming and balancing properties, Cucumber extract aids in soothing the skin and Borage seed oil helps to nourish. This cleanser is for all skin types but I've found it is especially kind if you are on the drier side. I completely agree that it's booth soothing and nourishing, after using this my face feels clean and left hydrated. The one thing I don't really like about this cleanser is the smell as the mixture of cucumber and rosewater is something I'm really not keen on. 

This product is my fave out of the bunch to use recently because of hot it has been lately. This face mist instantly refreshes skin and protects it from external aggressions that dehydrate skin: UV, pollution and oxidation. It's targeted for dehydrated skin and contains SPF 30. It can even be used over makeup. It combines antioxidant pomegranate, hydrating glycerin and UV filtersI really like how after using this spray it leaves skin feeling very soft. It doesn't leave a film over face, it's not sticky and it gives skin a boost of hydration and protects the skin which is great. One thing I wish about the product is that it would have more of a cooling effect to it as I feel like other ones on the market are. But I've been liking throwing this product into my handbag and using throughout the day as the bottle is quite small. I'm not a fan of floral smells normally but I actually like the smell of the pomegranate extract in this.

This cleanser traps impurities in the skin (sebum, pollution, oil & traces of makeup) so they can be wiped away easily. Moisturises and soothes the skin so it is clean and soft. The fragrance of orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I have been enjoying this micellar water to remove my makeup with because it literally makes makeup glide off my face really easily. I don't have to scrub to remove makeup even mascara! It is gentle on the skin and my face feels really clean after using it.  However, this is another one where I'm not too sure I like the scent. I like the bit of lemon that comes through but the watermelon scent overpowers it a bit too much.

So overall, they are lovely products and I'm actually quite sad that I'll be finishing the face mist soon. I am defo going to get another one of these when I run out to carry around this summer. One product that I do like switching up and trying lots of, is cleansers. I already have three on my beauty wish list so I will be trying out those instead of getting these again. I would love to know which skincare bits you've been trying out?


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Disappointing Products #1

While trying out some new beauty bits recently i've noticed that i've collected quite a few products that I didn't really get on well with. I thought I would share my disappointing products with you as I find these posts really interesting to read. I like seeing what products other people have tested and disliked because I feel like I can skip trying out things that probs wouldn't work for me either.

MUA Luxe Radiant Illumination Highlight Kit #1 £6.00
I picked this up on a whim when I was shopping in Superdrug and I couldn't see the shades inside of the palette. I was sucked in by the name, Radiant Illumination, and thought maybe I could use this to create some really glowy looks. This disappointed me because all the shades are matte which is not what I was expecting from an illuminating palette. Inside consists of a highlighter, a banana powder and 4 blush shades. The powders are quite powdery so there's a lot of kick back when you get them on your brush. The highlighter has the best pigmentation, out of the whole palette, but I don't wear matte highlighters so i'm thinking I can use it as an eyeshadow base. When i've used the banana shade it's too dark for me so it darkens my under eye concealer which is not what I want from an illuminating powder. The blushers are very subtle and you can layer them up to a pretty natural blush shade. So overall, not what I was expecting from a highlighting palette but the blush shades are wearable.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Palettes 1 - Nude £3.99
There was a point where I saw loads of people raving about the Collection eyeshadow palettes, they come in a couple different shades, so I picked up the one with the browny neutral shades. I really struggle wearing these eyeshadows because the pigmentation of them really isn't great. I scratched the top layer of the eyeshadow and the pigmentation only got a little bit better. The shades in the middle are quite hard to blend and come off as quite patchy. The only shades that I thought the pigmentation was okay and could work with was the lightest and darkest shade in the palette.

Makeup Obsession Highlighter in Ice £3.00
If you read the post I did on the Makeup Obsession palette that I made, link here, then you know that I didn't get on with one of the highlighters. I thought I was really going to love Ice as the two other highlighters I tried from Makeup Obsession had amazing pigmentation. So much so, that they seriously have holy grail status from me. But unfortunately, this one comes off as patchy. I have tried to layer a little bit at a time but even so I can't get it to blend nicely onto my face.

Freedom Pro Contour Medium 01 £3.50
I picked up this contour kit because I wanted to try out other drugstore contour kits beside my Sleek one. Online it looked like it could pass as a perfect dupe for the Sleek one. This contour kit disappointed me because the highlight shade is a matte, i'm a bit confused does anyone use a matte highlighter? Also the bronzer is way too warm toned for me to use as a contour. I normally use more a grey/cool tone to contour with. But I have been using this to bronze up my face so it's great that I can use one of the shades in the kit.

Laila London Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder £10
I did a whole review on this powder in this post, link here. If you read my post then you know that I wasn't really impressed with this as a tooth whitening powder. I only noticed the tiniest bit of difference in the whiteness of my teeth and I couldn't justify the price for only a little difference. I have to say though this all natural powder does leave teeth feeling very clean after using it.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers £3.00
The shades I picked up were Harmony, which is a orangey nude shade, and Kooky which is the purple shade. I'm not a fan of Harmony as it pulls too orangey for me, I prefer my nudes to have more of a brown to them. Why I find these liquid lipsticks disappointing is because whenever I eat or drink with them on they transfer. Especially when eating they literally crumble off! I'm fine with reapplying lipsticks throughout the day but I don't like when my liquid lipsticks have to be constantly topped up. They dry down very matte so I expect them to have a longer staying power than a normal lipstick.

So there are all the products that i've found disappointing recently. I normally do a lot of research about a product before I buy it but because I love trying out makeup products I tend to find quite a few products that just don't do it for me. I'll do more posts like this in the future when I find more disappointing products. Do leave a comment letting me know if you've tried out any products recently that didn't quite work for you.


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Beauty Wishlist #1

I have a Beauty Wishlist where I write down all the makeup products that I want to try out. I keep the long list of them in the notes section on my phone. I thought I would share with you some of the makeup bits that I am keen on buying and trying out. Leave a comment on the products that are on your Beauty Wishlists atm!

After trying out the Pixi Glow Tonic and loving it, link to the post I wrote on it here, I want to try out some more skincare products out from Pixi. I've heard great things about the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, one side is a cleansing oil and the other is a cleansing creme. This sounds great for getting all makeup off from your face and making sure face is properly cleaned too. The Too Faced Hangover Primer is supposed to be amazing for us dry skin girls. I prefer more of a Silicone based primer usually but i'm interested to see if this will help my makeup look better when my skin is very dry. The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad is full of gorgeous shades, I especially like the top right eyeshadow which is a reddish brown colour.

Have you seen swatches of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows? They look insanely pigmented and look so cool on the eyes. They look like an easy way to wear glitter without having to go through the hassle of putting on glitter glue. In summer I like using a pot concealer and my fave one to use is the Mac Studio Finish concealer. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer looks like it has good coverage and I want to see how it will compare to the Mac one. I've been on the hunt for a foundation that is more suited to my skin type, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is apparently great for dry skin. It has a medium to full coverage which is what I look for in foundations.

I want to pick up the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer in White Out. I'm quite pale and it would be handy to have a white concealer to mix with my normal concealers so I can create really bright under eyes. Next up on my Beauty Wishlist is the Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter in Light. I'm slowly getting into using cream products on my cheeks and this illuminator looks like it would give a great glow perfect for the warmer months that are coming. The Custom FX Enhancer Drops in Halo have been on my Beauty Wishlist for so long now! The swatches i've seen of this holographic illuminator look stunning!

I'm really glad that Nip + Fab have started selling makeup products now. There are so many of their products that I want to try out including this Contour palette in Light. It has got a lot of similar shades as the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit. The packaging of the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette is so eye catching and I like how these holographic highlighters can be layered over eyeshadows and lipsticks too. I know everyone raves about Becca's Champagne Pop but I think the one in Pearl, which is white, will suit my pale complexion better.

Okay so I know by now you're probably sick of me talking about highlighters in this post but i've been loving testing out highlighters recently. The last one i'm going to talk about is the Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating powder in Twilight Tint. Blue is my fave coloured highlighter that i've tried out and I think it really suits people with fair skin. For lips, I really want to try out the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers. They are Iridescent Lip Toppers which can completely transform normal lipsticks to a glittery holographic lip. The shade I really like the look of is Trip which is a stunning bluey glitter. I think you could create some really fun looks with these lip toppers. Last thing on my wishlist is the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara. The wand on this looks super interesting, it has a mega curl roller brush that is supposed to give a lot of volume to lashes and keep them curled.

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What I Got In The Tam Beauty Easter Mystery Bag

Over Easter, Tam Beauty had an offer on where if you spent £30 you would get a free mystery bag worth £25. I ended up going a bit crazy on the website and picked up loads of bits i've wanted to try for awhile from Makeup Revolution & Freedom. I had a bit of a mix up and didn't receive the mystery bag in my order so had to wait another week for it arrive.  As I was waiting for my delivery to come I got a bit inpatient and watched youtube videos to see what other people got in their bags. It looked like everyone got slightly different products inside. So let's look at what I got..

Freedom Matte Bare Eyeshadow Palette
I love a good matte eyeshadow palette but this one doesn't really do it for me. The only colours I would use would be the lightest colour for a base colour and the two brown shades for transition colours. The eyeshadows feel quite soft, the shades i've swatched blended out nicely and the pigmentation in this palette is quite good. I'm going to be giving this palette to my sister as I think she would get more use out of it. I think the blue and purple shades will compliment her blue eyes really well.

Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadows £1
I'm really excited to try out these eyeshadows as i've heard really good things about the Mono eyeshadows and have never tried them out before. The first one I got is Sold Out which is the really pretty shimmery bronzy shade. This shade is right up my street, this would look nice all over the lid or as a highlight colour in the middle of the lid. The other shade is I Won't Be Alone which is the royal blue colour that when swatched looks a bit metallic. The bronzy shade feels more creamy then the blue shade and has slightly better pigmentation.

I Heart Makeup The WOW Stick in Sunday Girl £1.99
I've never tried anything from I Heart Makeup before and was really surprised with how pigmented this lip crayon is. Putting this on it dries instantly and is smudge proof which is really good. It is a bright pink colour, which is not really the type of colour I wear on my lips, so don't know how much wear I will get out of this.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Sheer Lip Gloss in Hush Hush
This is a baby pink lipgloss that kind of smells like watermelon. On the lips it's very pale so it just looks like you have a clear lipgloss on. I never wear lipgloss as i'm a matte lip kind of girl so I won't be using this.

Makeup Revolution The One Foundation in Shade 6
I think it's a bit weird they put a foundation in a mystery bag as it's very unlikely it's going to be someones exact shade. I have tried this out and it is a bit too dark for me so i'm going to keep it in my makeup drawer until summer and try it out again when i'm a bit darker. This foundation is very watery, when I put some drops onto my face it rolled down my face very quickly. The coverage is light which isn't what I normally go for.

I Heart Makeup Lip Geek in Lips That Won't Lie £1.99
The packaging of this lipstick is super fun! It has this metallic pink bullet with metallic purple inner packaging. The shade of this lipstick is a really nice dusty rose colour in the bullet but on the lips it comes of as a bit of a lighter pink. It goes on really sheer at first but it builds up nicely and feels very comfortable on as it doesn't dry down matte.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Game of Mystery Matte £2.49
This is my fave lipstick that I got in the mystery bag. It is a peachy nude colour and is very creamy on the lips. This lipstick is way more pigmented than the I Heart Makeup lipstick and only needs a couple of swipes to apply it. It is a matte lipstick that isn't overly drying and unfortunately isn't transfer proof. What's great about this lipstick is the bottom pops off and in it is a lip balm the same shade as the lipstick.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Flashing £1
Last of the lipsticks in the mystery bag is another lipstick from Makeup Revolution but in a different formulation. It's another lipstick that is quite sheer but builds up and into a hot pink colour. The bottom of this one pops off too and has a lip balm in it too. I've tried it on and I don't think it suits me at all.

I Heart Makeup Palette in Fast Love £8.99
This eyeshadow palette was the product that I was most excited to see when I first opened up this bag. There are so many eyeshadows in this palette!! It consists of 10 matte eyeshadows and 22 shimmer eyeshadows. I really like how build-able the matte shades are and there are some great transition colours in this palette. I don't have many different shimmery eyeshadows so i'm really excited to experiment with this palette. The shimmer eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented, most of them only need one swipe to get incredible payoff! Lastly I thought i'd mention the massive mirror in this palette, I love when palettes have big enough mirrors that you can see your whole face in them while you do your makeup.

Overall, there is only probably 4 products that I'm properly going to use. Seeing as it was a free mystery bag I think it's quite good as I get to test out loads of products i've never used before. Unfortunately a lot of these products aren't online anymore but I have linked the products that are still available. What do you guys think about the mystery bag?

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The Best Makeup Looks From The Met Gala 2017

I was one of those people that was up, hitting refresh on Twitter, trying to see all the fashion and makeup looks from the Met Gala as the celebs were walking the carpet. Every year the Met Gala is themed and this year they were honouring, Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo. It was really disappointing to see that not many guests chose to follow the theme especially as the Met Gala is the event that guests can showcase designers that create works of art. However, there was loads of makeup looks that caught my eye so I thought I would do a rundown of my fave looks from the night.

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I had to start this post with Rihanna, hand's down she had the best outfit and makeup look from the whole night! She looked flawless in her dress that was dead on the theme for this year and I really like how she incorporated the colours of her dress into her makeup. Rihanna wore pink all over her eyes, smoked onto her lower lash line and blended down onto her cheeks. Her highlighter is great at breaking up all the pink she's wearing on her face. I really love the look of the same colour on the cheeks and on the eyes. She finished off the look with a dark pink lip which I like as it stands out as it's a different tone from the rest of her makeup. This is defo giving me inspiration for spring!

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Katy Perry completely stunned me when I saw the videos and photos of her arriving at the event. I loved her gown and how much detailed was put into it. Katy had one of the best beauty looks from the night for me because of the bold eye and bold lip combo that she went for. She went for a purple glittery eye that was smoked out in the crease with a brown eyeshadow. She paired this with a red sparkly lip that was a couple shades darker than her dress. It's a stunning look and really makes her face stand out from underneath her veil.

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I think the makeup look that Lily Collins went for totally suits her. Just look how flawless her skin looks! The main focal point of this look is this gorgeous dark berry lip. I love a good dark vampy lip and think they look stunning on all year round. She paired her normal bold brows with barely anything on the lid and spidery lashes. I know loads of people hate spidery lashes but I kind of like the look they give. For her cheeks she didn't put a lot of colour on her porcelain complexion, which just warms up her face a bit, and really draws attention to her lips. 

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Zendaya wore this beautiful orange lipstick which matched the accents on her dress. I don't think I can rock an orange lip so I love seeing when other people can. I like that her cheeks have the same orangey tones as her lips and dress so really brought together her look well. Her eyes stand out thanks to the bronze colours she wore that were smoked out on her lower lash line too.
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Moving onto Emma Roberts who had one of the best makeup looks from the Met Gala for me as it's the look I would mostly likely to wear. The legendary Charlotte Tilbury did her makeup for the night and she looked very glamorous. A full rundown of all the makeup products that Charlotte Tilbury used is on her Instagram (link here). I like how her eyebrows are full but still like natural and i'm a big fan of the big fluttery lashes she wore. The eyeshadow that Charlotte used on Emma was a shimmery gold and bronze colour that was smoked out on the lower lash line too. Her skin looks flawless thanks to the subtle rosy cheeks and the highlighter combo. On her lips she wore, the famous, Pillow Talk. Her look makes me want to stock up on a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products!!

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Lupita Nyong'o wore a completely fun look and in every pic I saw her skin was literally glowing! I love that she wore so many colours on her eyes; yellow, green, purple and pink. I totally want to try recreating this look, mixing a combo of bright colours together on my eyes. She wore just a subtle hint of blush and colour on the lips to keep the main focus of her makeup on her eyes.

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Evan Rachel Woods gave off a black swan vibe with her makeup and I really like how eye-catching this look is. I love the mixture of structured eyeshadow mixed with smudgy lines. Her eyebrows are blended into her eyeshadow which makes her eyes stand out more as it's not broken up with bold brows. Lips were kept this pretty nude colour and a nice swipe of blush makes her cheekbones stand out.

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I'm finishing up this list of best makeup looks from the Met Gala with Mandy Moore. Mandy wore an all black dress so the injection of colour with this eyeshadow is great to see. I really like the swipe of purple all over her lids and under her eyes. It gives off a youthful, effortless look that is perfect for Spring. I like the little dot of silver highlighter, in her inner corners, which opens up her eyes. She kept this look fresh with glowy skin and just a subtle pink colour on the cheeks and lips. 

Did you watch the Met Gala? I'd love to know what your fave looks were from the night were! I really liked doing this different type of post on the best beauty looks from the night.. Let me know if you would like to see more posts like this in the future as I had a lot of fun writing this post.



What I Think About The Ordinary Primers

The Ordinary is the skincare brand that is on everyone's lips at the moment. If you don't know about The Ordinary, they are a skincare brand that have stripped back all the unnecessary filler ingredients, that are normally put in products, they just use ingredients that are proven to work. It's good to note also that the brand is Cruelty free & Vegan. They currently do two silicone based primers, I picked up both of them to try out, as the brand is very inexpensive and I didn't know which one i'd like more. I always tend to use silicone primers as makeup just glides on so easily when using them.

High-Adherence Silicone Primer, 30 ml, £3.90
This primer uses 'silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. It reduces the look of pores & imperfections.' I like wearing this primer on days that I feel like my skin is extra dry and I am in need of more hydration before putting on foundation. As you can see from the picture above it's got a cream-like consistency to it and is quite thick. On the skin it feels like a mix between a moisturiser and a primer. It doesn't feel overly like silicone and doesn't really smell like anything either. The primer takes awhile to sink into the skin, it does feel very hydrating and drys down to a matte. Last time I wore this primer I had no problems with my makeup after 8 hours which is shocking as the primer is under £4!!!

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, 30ml, £5.50
This primer has ' a lightweight serum-like formula that increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments especially around the eyes and on dry skin.' If you like silicone primers that feel velvety on the skin and act as a layer so makeup can sit on top of it, then this is this is the primer for you! I think I prefer using this primer as it doesn't dry down matte. This makes makeup glide on easily and look flawless. The dropper that it comes with is great as I tend to drop a couple drops on my fingers, rub my hands together then apply to my face. I wear this primer for 8+ hours and my face still looks pretty great still.

I love these products, they both come in under a tenner which is great value for money. I really recommend trying these primers out if you like silicone based primers. If you want a hydrating, pore minimising product go for the High-Adherence primer and if you prefer one that is more silicone go for the High-Spreadability one. I'm already half way through the High-Spreadability bottle and will be repurchasing it as it's one of my fave ever primers i've used. I'll also be repurchasing the more hydrating one as it's a great base for makeup as it gives a lot of hydration to skin. I've got my eye on a couple of other skincare bits from The Ordinary and also one of their foundations so you'll probs see another post on the Ordinary some time in the future. Let me know what primers you have been using lately?


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