Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick Review

The Kim Kardashian contour sticks have been everywhere at the minute, I've watched so many youtube videos on them! I decided not to buy them because they seem very expensive for the little product you get in them. I saw on Insta a couple of weeks ago a dupe for them which is the Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick, £6.99. They have apparently been out before the Kim K ones, but I've never heard anything about them before?! I thought I'd buy it and give it ago as I've really been into my cream contour and highlighting products recently.

The shade range of these duo contour sticks is really not big at all. They only come in Light, Medium, and Dark with not much difference between the shades. All the contour colours are warmed toned which is a bit annoying because I prefer to use a grey brown to contour with. I went with the Medium shade as the highlighter on the dark one looked a bit too dark for me.

The highlighter shade is such a nice champagne shimmery shade, I wasn't sure if this would suit me because I've been sticking to white highlight shades but it gives such a natural healthy glow to my skin. I think it is the perfect amount of glow for my nose, cupids bow, forehead, and chin but I prefer a more of a blinding glow on my cheeks. So I've been layering a powder highlight on top and it blends very nicely on top of the cream.

I've been using the 'contour shade' to bronze up my face and blending out the contour I wear which at the moment is from Makeup Revolution, you can read about that product here). I think it's great at adding a bit of warmth to my skin and when blended out defo does not look too orangey. One place I do use it for contouring is my nose as it is the perfect size for it.

Normally with cream contour products, you tend to put them on before powdering your foundation. But I've found it's better to use the sticks after powder because that way it doesn't make your foundation slide around. To blend in the products with the highlighter side I've just been patting it into my skin with my fingers. With the contour side, you can use your fingers too but I prefer to blend it in with a small fluffy brush.

What I was really suprised about was how long these cream products lasted on my face without being set in place with face powder. They lasted 8 hours!! Which is such a long time for cream products to stay in place and not slide around.

Overall, I do really like this product and I think it's great for summer as it makes skin look naturally radiant. It's a great one to throw into a travel makeup bag and do in a rush as it takes seconds to blend out nicely. This is defo one to check out if you are on the paler side, can pull off the orange undertones and like a really healthy glow. Have you tried out any contour sticks?


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L'Oreal Nudist Matte Lip Paint Review

I feel like when any makeup product, especially a lip product, has matte in the name I am drawn to it and have to give it a try. L'Oreal recently released their Nudist Matte Lip Paints, £6.99 in 6 shades; 4 of the shades are nude shades, there's one red shade and one purple shade. As you can see I went for the purple shade which is 212 Nude-ist. Don't be fooled by the name as it defo isn't anywhere near a nude shade, as you can see by the swatch, it is a proper purple shade.

The Lip Paints are described as having a velvety, matte finish that lasts up to 8 hours. With no flaking, no caking and no drying out. The slanted teardrop shaped applicator allows for precise application. 

I was surprised that the Lip Paints have a wand applicator from just looking at the packaging I thought it would be a squeezy tube like the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks have. But I am a big fan of the applicator as it makes it easy to apply onto the lips. The wand itself is soft as well, there is nothing worse than having a scratchy applicator applying your lip product!

It isn't the most opaque lipstick so you'll need a couple layers to build up the colour equally. Once it's on your lips it doesn't dry down at all and sits very comfortably on my lips. I feel like most drugstore lip products don't smell the best but this one surprisingly smells great. It stays really creamy on the lips so it does transfer whenever you eat or drink. Personally, I do prefer a matte lip product to dry down a bit so you can wear it throughout the day without having to bring the product with you and worrying about topping up.

So does it last for 8 hours? The answer to that is not really! Whenever I've worn it after a couple of hours I have to top it up again because I've eaten lunch and most of it has come off. Realistically most people are gonna come into contact with either food or drink before the 8-hour mark is up. I did try testing it out without eating or drinking and it does come fairly close to lasting 8 hours.

Overall, I do like that it's really creamy on so I don't have to worry about the condition of my lips while I wear it and it is a really pretty purple shade. I do prefer my lip products more drying just because they last a bit longer so that's why I'm probably not going to pick up any more of the colours up in the range. I do recommend giving the Matte Lip Paints a go if you don't like drying liquid lipsticks but still, want to wear matte shades and don't mind topping up throughout the day.

I have seen that L'Oreal have released the Lip Paints in two more formulations; metallics and lacquers. The Metallics have really caught my eye as they come in a couple striking shades. Have you tried out any of the L'Oreal Lip Paints?


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Chirp Body 100% Natural Softest Hair Mask Review

I went to my first blogger's event back at the beginning of July, it was a brunch hosted by Beauty at Brunch and was so much fun to talk to bloggers in real life. We got a little goodie bag and this Chirp Body Softest Hair Mask, £17.95 was one of the products that were included in it. I hadn't heard of this brand before but Chirp Body is a natural cosmetics brand that is Cruelty-Free & Vegan.

The hair mask is designed to make hair softer, shinier, stronger and smoother so there is less frizz. It also hydrates & rejuvenates stressed hair. There are 13 key ingredients that are oils in this mask; coconut oil, grapeseed oil, castor seed oil, olive fruit oil, argan kernel oil, jojoba fruit oil, avocado oil, grapefruit oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil, tea tree oil, vanilla oil and yiang ylang flower oil. 

The mask contains 100ml which is on average 5 treatments, this obvs depends on the length and thickness of your hair. I personally have really thick hair that goes down to just about boob level. I've been using it all over my head as I have dried out hair from over dying and straightening it so I managed to get 4 treatments out of the pack. If you have thinner hair or only wanna use it on the ends of your hair you'll get so much more treatments out of this pack.

All you have to do is put the mask onto dry hair and leave it for 25 mins then wash your hair twice with shampoo afterwards. You don't have to use conditioner afterwards but I used my normal conditioner afterwards just out of habit. I quickly want to mention the packaging because I really liked the easy pour spout that it has, it made it so much easier to directly apply the mask to my scalp.

I really loved the results!! The mask made my hair feel so soft until I next washed my hair which is normally a week after. This is something really shocking to me just because my hair is so dry and normally throughout the week I notice the ends of my hair do dry out. I did notice my hair was shinier too! The only thing I didn't notice was that it didn't help to tame my frizzy hair, my hair after I washed it still had about the same frizz as it normally does after I wash it.

I've used it both when it was more solid and then when it turned into a proper oil in that massive heat wave we had. I enjoyed using the mask in both forms and both had the same results. What I really love is the smell of the mask, it smells really citrusy which is one of my fave scents for products to have. Also what I really love is that it sits really comfortably in your hair. The last time I put this in my hair I left it for 7 hours and it really didn't bother me. I just put my hair up in a bun and went about my day. My hair didn't feel really weighed down with product at all it just felt like my hair was really greasy. So you can defo leave this treatment in for long periods of time without it really inconviencing you.

Overall, I was really impressed with the results of this all natural hair mask. It actually made my hair silky soft and hair shiner too. It was great using a treatment that actually worked and knowing that it was made from all natual ingriendents. If any of you are interested in trying out this hair mask for yourself you can enter the discount code: VERONICA at checkout to get 15% off.



Superdrug Own Brand Pamper Bits Review

I hunted down the Superdrug own brand pore strips after hearing Jasmine McRae, link to her here, rave about them on her blog and youtube channel. While I was picking up a couple packs I noticed that Superdrug has their own version of hydrating eye patches which I thought I would give a go as well as they were super cheap too. Honestly, my pores recently have been screaming out to have the dirt ripped out of them and I love trying out any product that wants to inject a bit more hydration into my skin. Both these skincare bits are under £1.50 and I was really interested to see if they would have any effect on my skin.

Superdrug Ultra-Purifying Nose Pore Strips, £1.29:
These pore strips gently draw out dirt and grime. They help to remove dead skin cells, leaving behind visibly cleaner pores. Charcoal and Volcanic Ash to help absorb excess sebum. You are supposed to wet your nose before applying the strip, then apply for 10-12 mins and remove slowly when the strip goes stiff. You get 2 nose strips, in the resealable packet, which smell really good and are easy to apply as they are really sticky.

I'm really glad I picked up two packs because the first couple of times I tried the pore strips I was really disappointed because they didn't seem to remove any of the dirt from my pores. The only thing it did seem to do was make my nose feel really smooth. A tip to get them to work properly is you have to make your nose really wet before putting it on. Then after it's on dampen the top of the pore strip and that will help it to harden and remove all the impurities from your nose. After I did it this way I found I removed so much gross stuff from my pores, they looked clean and was so smooth. I really don't have a high tolerance for pain so I find these sting quite a bit when you slowly take them off.

Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches, £1.49:
These eye patches are designed to instantly refresh and moisturise the eye area, helping to minimise signs of fatigue and puffiness. With mineral-rich Sea Algae, Gardenia Extract & Caffeine. The pack only comes with one set of patches which you are supposed to apply for 10-15 mins then rub in any residue left behind.

I decided not to put the eye patches in the fridge before I used them because I wanted to see how cooling they are naturally and they do have a bit of a cooling sensation to them! My under eyes did look and feel more hydrated throughout the day. I did expect for them to be a bit more hydrating as when I removed the patches there wasn't any extra serum to rub in. I can't comment on whether or not they help with puffiness because I don't really suffer from that. But I had an irritated eye from getting something stuck in my eye and it helped to reduce redness and calmed down my eye a bit.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with these two bits from the Superdrug Own Brand range. I'll defo be repurchasing these two again in the future as they are great pamper bits. The Nose Pore Strips really helped to draw out the impurities from my nose. Even though I do wish the Eye Patches had a bit more serum on them I really want to try them again when I've put them in the fridge first as they would be even more cooling. Do give them a go if you see them in your local Superdrug, they are great to do a pamper sesh with. Leave a comment if theres any skincare products you've tried lately that you think I should try out next!

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The Hot Cloth Cleanser I Prefer Over Liz Earle

My fave way to take off makeup is by using a hot cloth cleanser as it's a really quick way to remove a full face. What I normally do is smother my face in the cleanser then use a wet muslin cloth to wipe it away and I do this twice. First, to remove makeup and the second time to make sure my face is properly cleansed. Skin is always left feeling clean and refreshed afterwards. I wanted to share with you this Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser and it might shock you as I like it way more than the OG Liz Earle one.

This cleanser is ideal for removing dirt and makeup whilst providing gentle exfoliation. It will help improve circulation, leaving skin deeply cleansed, soft and radiant. Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. The rich and creamy formula also contains vitamins A, B, F and H, which combined with Horse Chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

I really like that when you put this cleanser on it feels like you have just put on a really, super thick, creamy moisturiser. It defo has a way thicker consistency than the Liz Earle one. I find the Superdrug version is great at removing makeup even tough waterproof mascara. It is incredible for dry skin because not only does it not dry skin out, it leaves your face feeling really nourished. Also, I totally agree that skin looks radiant and feels soft after using it. The product description does say it gently exfoliates but you really can't feel that.

The cleanser comes in a 200ml tube which is a very generous amount for a hot cloth cleanser. There's no need to worry about finding a muslin cloth as each tube comes with one!! The Vitamin E cleanser works out as a good deal as you get both bits for £4.99.  Honestly, I really didn't have high hopes for the cloth because the product is so cheap but it is actually surprisingly soft. Liz Earle muslin cloths are softer but you always have to buy them separately to the cleanser or get them in a bundle.

The thing that I didn't like about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser was the scent and that's what has really put me off from repurchasing it again. To me, it smelt like lemon cough medicine and it put me off from using it because it was quite overpowering. That's why I like this hot cloth cleanser better because it smells amazing and super summery.

I really recommend you trying out this cleanser if you loved the OG Liz Earle one. I honestly don't see myself going back to the Liz Earle one. The Superdrug version is way creamier and works so well with nourishing dry skin, it doesn't have an overpowering smell and is a bargain at just under a fiver.


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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. It is the drugstore brand that I have the 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!! 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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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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