23.4.17

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder | Review & Swatches

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder | Review & Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow is the product that changed my brow game helping me achieve Cara Delevingne brows since circa 2015. Holy. Grail. Heck, I’ve tried a lot of brow products since and just when I thought nothing could convince me otherwise, Rimmel released a ton of new brow products. Now, I sifted through the run of the mill products in the collection, pencils, sculpting kits, waxes and gels, but it was Rimmel’s Brow Shake Filling Powder* that left me intrigued and pleasantly surprised.

After over-plucking in the noughties and few bad threading jobs, I’ve become protective over my brows and become a fan of the fuller bolder brow trend. And Rimmel’s Brow Shake Filling Powder isn’t for those who prefer a minimalist makeup look, but for those who already have shapely brows that lack volume. The product looks like a pot of liquid eyeliner (it actually doubles as an eyeliner if you fancy) and has a flexible sponge applicator that’s covered in a dusting of richly pigmented velvety powder. And it’s ridiculously easy to apply and in my opinion far easier to use in comparison to a brow pencil. You simply shake, unscrew the cap-wand and brush the colour onto the brows in short, light strokes. On occasion a teeny-tiny bit of powder drops onto my brow bone, but it brushes off and to avoid this I just tap off the excess powder if I shake a little too vigorously. And FYI a little goes a long way - the amount on the sponge applicator is enough for both brows. After first use I had a “holy brow” moment. In just a few swipes the colour had clung to my brow hairs instantly filling in sparse patches, creating fuller, thicker brows. And whilst the product isn’t accompanied by a brush or spoolie, I didn't feel the need to diffuse the pigment, blend, or worry about things looking even - not too shabby eh? But Rimmel's Brow Shaking Powder doesn’t manage unruly brows, so I still like to set them in place with a little Maybelline Brow Drama Gel.

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder | Review & Swatches
Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder | Review & Swatches

Overall, I was surprised to find the effect it gives, isn’t too dissimilar to my ABH Dip Brow, yet it’s less time consuming, easier to apply, doesn’t require an angled brush and is a third of the price. However, if precision is your thing, bear in mind you can’t draw on singular hairs and you can’t reshape your brows as accurately as you could with a pencil or brow brush but Rimmel's Brow Shaking Powder could be used as a secondary step in your brow routine. In terms of wear, I can vouch for the fact it doesn’t fade, smudge or transfer. It stays put all day up until the moment it's removed in the evening with a cotton pad doused in Garnier Micellar Water. Shade wise, there are four shades to choose from ranging from a light brown with an ashy undertone, to a true black. But if you have a head of very fair hair, you may struggle to find your perfect match. I'm in-between shades, so I customise and blend the two lightest colours together, or wear them alone and find I can use a light hand to build up the colour so they don't appear entirely unnatural looking.

Of course I still LOVE my ABH Dip Brow, but I’ve finally found a purse-friendly option for £5.99 that beefs up my brows without looking over done and simplifies my routine. And if you're not obsessing over bushy, bigger brows like me, Rimmel's new collection contains everything for every kinda brow enthusiast.
Have you tried the new brow filling powder from Rimmel? What's your favourite brow product?
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20.4.17

Non-Drying Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Non-Drying Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Two of the many (last I counted 11) lip products that currently occupy my handbag are the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks in ‘Chihuahua’ and ‘Chocolate Honey’. But unlike the majority of the lip products I’ve shared on the blog recently these aren’t matte. They’re straight up melted lipsticks in carmex-like squeezy tubes with a sponge-tip applicator and I kinda like them. And they’ll be a sigh of relief for anyone that despite the hype dislikes matte liquid lipsticks, prefer creamier formulations, or just has dry lips.

Like the NARS Velvet Lip Glides (another lipstick-lipgloss hybrid), they’ve got a light glossy finish meaning they don’t set like a matte liquid lipstick which generally speaking leave your lips crusty or dry (besides the rare few that have beaten the odds). They have a unique gel-like texture that’s smooth and glide onto the lips with ease. And the sponge-tip applicator dispenses just the right amount of product, which is ideal as they're intensely pigmented and have an opaque colour payoff in one application. But what I particularly like about the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks is their formulation isn’t heavy, filmy or sticky and although they’re certainly more glossy when initially applied, after a few hours wear, they wear down to a satin-finish, then to a stain that still has a little slip. Due to their finish they’re not touch-up free and the colour does transfer onto my coffee cup. But personally I’m happy to compromise on longevity in exchange for a more comfortable, relatively weightless and moisturising (dare I say moist!) lip product for day-to-day wear. But having said that 4 hours wear isn’t to be sniffed at it’s still a longer-wearing lip product than most - NARS Velvet Lip Glides included!

Non-Drying Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Non-Drying Liquid Lipsticks: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

‘Chihuahua’ (I’m sure there is rhyme to their reason for this shade name) is described as a “dusty mauve”, but frankly it’s description and coloured packaging is deceptive and when applied to my lips, it’s more of a muted medium brown that draws similarities to one of my most reach for MAC lipsticks Velvet Teddy. But ‘Chocolate Honey’ from Too Faced's Melted Chocolate range is the shade I’ve been wearing most out of the two, as not only is it the best smelling lip product ever (if you like the smell of chocolate ice cream sauce, you’ll find it hard to resist squeezing the contents of the tube directly into your mouth) the shade is a gorgeous wearable brown with warm peachy undertones and comparable in colour to 'Venus' by Huda Beauty. Neither shade leaves me looking over done and I'm struggling to find fault in the formulation; they don't feather, settle into fine lines and they're more pigmented than the majority of the lip products I own. I might just have to buy another... don't mind if I do!

Have you tried the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks?
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17.4.17

High-End Highlighter Collection | Review & Swatches

High-End Highlighter Collection | Review & Swatches

It’s clear I have an unhealthy obsession with highlighters. The swoon-inducing products whether powder, cream or liquid, are undoubtedly the essential finishing touch to my daily makeup routine, adding a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to my favourite features; underneath the arch of my brow, the inner corner of my eyes, the high points of my cheeks and my cupids bow. So today I'm sharing all my high-end glow-givers (which of course were all necessary purchases). Highlighter addicts, take note...

Powders

If you live in fear of looking like you fell face first into a tub of glitter when using highlighter you'll love Laura Mercier's baked highlight in '01'. It's described as a 'golden nude' and is the perfect middle-of-the-road hue that's not too gold, white, or bronze. The universal shade imparts the most beautiful lit-from-within healthy glow without running the risk of looking sparkly. The formulation is buildable and ultra-smooth, so much so that when it's applied to the skin it’s undetectable and leaves my skin smoother in appearance. A great option if you have oily skin, or walking down the wedding aisle anytime soon. It's my go-to and one of the only high-highlighters I've repurchased. It's just that good.

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'So Hollywood' Illuminator is perfect for darker complexions and one of my favourites for a glam makeup look. The embossed powder highlight is a light-medium yellow-gold with warm undertones and has an intense metallic finish. 'So Hollywood' is highly pigmented (be warned, it's easy to over apply) and whilst it can be blended out for a less intense finish, it imparts a gorgeous high-shine without the sparkle. The powder is finely milled with a creamy, smooth and soft texture which doesn't emphasize my pores. It's no wonder this shade was a constant sell-out on its release.

Purchased by my boyfriend Benjamin when he was in Vegas (he's a good egg), the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in 'Devotion' is a cool, light rosy pink with a luminous sheen, similar to BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Rose Quartz'. It's slightly dry to touch in the pan, but this doesn't translate onto the skin and is buildable and blendable. The product itself is far too pretty to touch, appearing in the pan like a ruffled, satin bedsheet. And for that reason, I shamefully don't reach for it often.

Illamasqua’s Beyond Highlight in ‘OMG’ is not for the faint hearted. The domed baked highlighter makes my cheekbones go pow, delivering a polished champagne glow. The formulation is ultra-fine and well worth the extra pounds. It can be sheered out, or loaded on and can also be used wet if you're feeling really bold! It's not for the faint hearted, but for those who love a high-shine highlight.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in 'Nectar' £35.00
The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in 'Nectar' is a multitasker - and ya'll know I love that. The ombré highlight features five shades ranging from a warm cream, to a vibrant pink/peach all with a golden undertone, which can be worn alone on the eyes as eyeshadow, or worn together on the cheeks as a rose gold blusher/come highlighter. I find swirling the shades together works best, as together they have just the right amount of colour, shimmer and sheen. It can be applied with a light hand, or layered for a more intense look. This shimmer brick works best as a luminous blush on my complexion, but if you love coral tones, you'll love this. 

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in 'Double-Gleam' £24.50
Left unsupervised in duty free on my way to Dublin it didn't take me long to gravitate towards the MAC counter and I would of been breaking the law if I left empty handed, right? So when the MAC MUA recommend I purchased one of the new MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes I obliged (of course). I opted for 'Double-Gleam', it was a no–brainer. It's a seriously beautiful 'beige that breaks silver'. The light gold highlight has subtle warm yellow undertones which when applied imparts a ridiculously luminous finish that shines without an ounce of sparkle. It is richly pigmented, but can easily be sheered out and has a soft, smooth and blendable consistency. TBH, I'm having a hard time finding any downsides.

‘Champagne Pop’ is the highlighter of 2015 that broke Sephora’s record for the most purchased product on the day of release. And believe the hype, ‘Champagne Pop’ is a unique light-medium gold, with a warm orange undertone. OTT on first impression, this highlight from BECCA is not for those who like a subtle highlight. Soft and smooth in consistency and a little bouncy in the compact ‘Champagne Pop’ can be blended out for a less intense finish opposed to a strong sheen. I prefer to use a fan brush for application, as it can emphasize pores when applied with a heavy hand or a dense brush.

Inspired by the colours of a Telluride sunset (a Colorado town and Bobbi Brown’s favoured holiday destination) the embossed limited edition highlighter is a beautiful rosy copper. ‘Afternoon Glow’ has a slightly metallic, almost wet-look finish. It’s super smooth, blendable and doesn’t accentuate pores. And whilst no longer available, the shade is reminiscent of Bobbi Brown’s best-selling Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick. 

The nostalgic highlight; MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish has been a favourite amongst bloggers for years. The peach bronze highlight has a sparkling, metallic finish and is soft and dusty in texture. Due to its dusty texture the baked highlight is prone to sheering out and therefore doesn’t last as long on the skin as other highlighters in my collection. Nevertheless, this highlighter is a classic. If you’re a die-hard MAC junkie I presume you already have your mitts on this, if not, it’s without a doubt one to try. 

Whilst inspired by their bestselling eyeshadow in ‘Sin’, Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in 'Sin' is not to be compared as it’s far from pink. ‘Sin’ is a light golden champagne and the people pleasing shade, is not too flat, or too flashy and has a frosted slightly metallic finish. The highlighter from Urban Decay is soft, smooth and blendable. Unfortunately I find it does on occasion empathise any uneven skin texture, so for that reason isn’t a highlighter I reach for often.


Liquid & Creams

The icy-pink light reflecting liquid from NARS is great for fair complexions. Housed in a squeezy tube, the product is icy-pink and has reflective finish without looking too harsh. The multi-purpose illuminator can be applied directly onto the cheekbones, mixed with foundation (just a drop or two will do!) and can be used to highlight the collarbone. The formulation is super silky to touch and concentrated, so use sparingly. There is a slight hint of micro fine shimmer, but this doesn't translate onto the skin. Don't be fooled by its pink exterior! 

Dramatic on paler complexions and great for golden, olive toned complexions Benefit Watts Up! (absolute pun gold) is a soft focus champagne that leaves a glowy sheen on the skin. The cream-to-powder highlighter isn't heavy, cakey, nor thick or greasy and doesn’t settle into pores. Whilst it comes in a handy stick, the sponge that’s included is pretty pointless. With cream highlighters, your fingers are your best friends for application. The warmth from my fingers helps melt the product into my skin and if you'd rather not use your fingers, a beauty blender works well too. Easy peasy.

‘Hush’ is a lovely peach-beige cream highlight. The cream colour base from MAC is gorgeous worn alone and works well layered with other products such as MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, helping intensify colour payoff and longevity. The lightweight cream is ever-so-sheer and blends so subtly into the skin, delivering a natural dewy finish. The multi-purpose product can also be used on the eyes, lids and cheeks. Its only drawback is its lasting power and if you have an oily complexion I'd recommend skipping this one. But when I do dabble in cream highlight, ‘Hush’ is my top pick.

The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops broke the internet and my heart when they sold out EVERYWHERE. I consequently freaked out, but it was clear why they were flying off the shelves. They're beautiful AF. The shade 'Moonlight' is a pale rose champagne with a high metallic sheen and a very fine shimmer that creates a luminous almost wet appearance on the skin. It's crazy pigmented (a.k.a not-so-subtle), but the liquid consistency makes the product easy to sheer out and blend, but once it's set it doesn't budge, so blend like a bad-ass. 

The Sculpting Highlight by Clinique is essentially a pearly pink, fat illuminating creamy crayon. It's oh-so-easy to apply. The stick allows me to apply the highlight exactly where I want. I just swipe a line above my contour and tap it in using my fingertips. It's finish is natural and very subtle without glitter and sparkle. It can disrupt my base if I get a little stick happy. But the portable stick packaging is an easy one to throw into my bag for on the go so I can reapply. And it ain't too bad on the eyelids either - especially when I don't get enough sleep!


Palettes

ABH Glow Kit in ‘Gleam’ is an absolutely gorgeous quad of pearlescent highlighters. The cool toned, wintery highlighters are soft, apply beautifully are long lasting and easy to blend. They’re far softer and silkier than the ABH illuminators and can be layered together or worn separately. The shades vary from a light champagne to a dark copper and are great for fair to medium skin tones. ‘Hard Candy’ is a light yellowed peach with an iridescent, frosted finish. The shade is very similar to Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in 'Fireball'. ‘Mimosa’ is a gold-shimmered brown and is the most metallic shade in the kit. ‘Starburst’ is a peachy-pink with a metallic finish and is intensely pigmented. ‘Crushed Pearl’ is a light champagne with golden undertones and isn’t as smooth as the other three shades.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow is a classic compact duo featuring a bronzer and highlight. Both powders are soft and finely milled and the highlight shade ‘Glow’ is a pale champagne beige that initially looks a little frosty on the skin, but blends out to luminous finish with an ultra-fine shimmer. It's as pretty as its posh packaging. A standout option if you’re after a soft candlelit glow.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in 'Ultimate Glow' £44.00
I wish I loved this palette from ABH, but it just doesn't tick all the boxes in terms of pigmentation, texture and application. That's not to say this palette doesn't work well, it's just not my cuppa tea. But if you like a shimmery, sparkly gold highlights then you won't be disappointed. 'Snow' is the only exception and is a stunning pearly white with an equally pleasing formulation. It's near enough opaque, with a soft, smooth creamy consistency that wears well without emphasising my pores. It's a pity it's not sold separately, or removable from the palette.

Have you tried any of these highlighters? What's your favourite high-end highlighter? 
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14.4.17

The 3-Minute Glow

The 3-Minute Glow

I’ve found a convenient and quick combination to brighten my complexion on the dullest of days; mixing an illuminating liquid with my foundation. Whilst this beauty hack is nothing new, I’ve been having a crisis come morning. Not only have I become good friends with snooze, my skin just doesn’t glow like it used to without a little help. I blame the current climate and indoor heating for sucking the life out of my skin. But, BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter has become the ultimate quick fix and has been a favourite of mine for a few months now. 

After letting my moisturiser sink in for a few minutes, I pump equal parts of BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter £32.00 and foundation onto the back of my hand, mix and use a buffing brush to apply it all over my face. Mixing the priming filter with my foundation instantly adds that lit-from-within glow I’m trying to achieve, leaving my skin subtly glowy without putting in too much time and effort. And on good skin days (which are a rarity at the moment) I skip foundation all together and apply the Backlight Priming Filter with my fingers to make my skin look fresh, plumped and dewy without a hint of greasiness. 

The priming filter doesn’t scream disco ball and has just the right amount of refined shimmer, it’s not sparkly – an important distinction! It doesn’t alter the colour of my foundation, has a light consistency, is easy to apply and anything that follows blends seamlessly and lasts just that bit longer (note: I wouldn’t count on this primer to extend the wear of your foundation alone!). If BECCA isn’t appealing to your purse L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer is a great high street buy and scores big beauty points for the luminosity and radiance it adds to my skin for all of £9.99 (similar to MAC Strobe Cream £18.50 – another great product). It’s a pearlescent white so may run a little light for some complexions. But it’s super-wearable as it has very fine reflective particles that get the job done. 

All in all, BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter creates that instant glow when I’m short of time (#iwokeuplikethis) and tricks the eye away from anything I’m trying to disguise. It’s become my favourite primer for an all over glow for sure. And did I mention when wearing this magic mixture friends have told me “your skin looks so glowy today” and like most, I’m awful at receiving compliments. But in that moment, I felt pretty great. Thanks BECCA, you're a total bae. 
What's your go-to liquid illuminator for an all over glow?
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22.2.17

New To My Skincare Stash: The Ordinary

New To My Skincare Stash: The Ordinary
My skincare stash up until recently was spilling out of a large drawer under my bed. It had become home to the skincare products that I’d tried and tested that hadn’t quite met the criteria to take place on my skincare shelf. But I’d store them in there ‘just in case’. But I've had a clear out and up until now, no new purchases had been made. But the New Year and cold weather have given me the ideal opportunity (or excuse...) to add a new crop of products to help freshen up my skincare routine. 

Let me introduce you to The Ordinary: one of nine skincare product ranges from Deciem (which includes NIOD, Hylamide and The Chemistry Brand). The Ordinary is kinda like a no BS skincare range (no marketing frills, unnecessary scents and luxurious packaging) that consists of 24 oils and serums. The formulations are simple with each product containing just 1-2 active ingredients, such as vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic acid and zinc, but cost a mere £3.90 - £14.90. Which is madness, as I’ve spent over £35 on facial oil before and I've been very tempted to part with £85 for a bottle of Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I purchased The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£5.90) and The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8.00) in the hope they would address my skin concerns, which were dehydration and dullness at the time. And as I’ve been using these products consistently for the past two weeks, I thought I’d share my initial thoughts.

AM (post-cleanse) I've been applying The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I get a little pipette-happy with this one; it's hard not to over-apply! But as a rule of thumb I press 4-5 drops onto my skin and increase the amount depending on how much my skin needs and follow up with a moisturiser. It doesn't have as much slip as the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, as it's a little thicker in texture and is a tad sticky. But nevertheless it doesn't interfere with my makeup and plumps and smooth's flaky patches without leaving a greasy residue on my skin. However, whilst this serum plumps my face leaving it soft and supple, I'm unsure as to whether it helps retain moisture and keep those pesky flaky patches at bay as well as my Vichy serum, only time will tell...

PM, The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% has given my skincare regime the anti-ageing upgrade it required. Retinoid is a skincare ingredient known for improving fine lines, acne, skin texture and tone and helps improve pore quality, so they're less prominent and clogged. Retinoid is usually associated with irritation, flakiness and redness, but I find The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin instantaneously, unlike La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Anti-Ageing Concentrate. And unlike The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 it has a slicker, lighter and tack-free consistency which I much prefer. Once pressed into the skin my complexion glows and is smooth to the touch. With continued use, I've noticed it's quickly helping tackle textural issues. But whilst it's a hard working product, be warned, apply too much too frequently your skin will have a mass freak out, resulting in blemishes and dry patches (as overuse strips away the skin's protective layer of natural oils). I learnt the hard way, so be patient! 

I thought this range was a little too good to be true, but these products from The Ordinary are beauty bargains - under £10? I'm not going to argue with that! Having used both products for two weeks, I can confirm they appear to work just as effectively as more expensive products I've tried. I'm interested to see how they fare over the next few weeks and see if they take place under the bed, or take pride and place my skincare shelf! Caroline Hirons has given the brand her nod of approval. You can check out her interview with Brandon Truaxe The Ordinary founder on her blog here. I'll be sure to check back in with a full skincare update soon. But in the meantime there's no doubt I'll be continuing to slather these on...

Will you be adding a few of these power-packed goodies to your beauty regime? 
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16.2.17

You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone: Laura Mercier Highlight 01

You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone: Laura Mercier Highlight 01

As I have an upcoming high-end highlighter edit on its way, I wasn't going to share this post. But this post is entirely warranted. During 2016 my makeup stash saw an onslaught of highlighters, but the one highlighter I could always rely on to deliver pigment, longevity and a downright gorgeous glow on the daily, was the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 (£28.50). And it wasn't until I polished it off that I discovered no matter what back-up highlighter I wore in it's place, nothing compared and as a result a repurchase HAD to be made. 

A single sweep of this stuff using my Morphe M501 Pointed Blender Brush (£8.00) imparts the most beautiful lit-from-within glow without running the risk of looking sparkly and that's half the battle right? It's everything I need in an everyday highlight and one that I can admire all day long. The shade isn't too gold, white or bronze, which is perfect for my neutral/borderline cool undertone. TBH the best highlighters I've tried and tested have that beautiful opalescent finish. Its featherweight formula is faultless. The texture is incredibly silky, soft and smooth and blends beautifully on the skin and never emphasise my pores, no matter how much I apply. It's simply perfection and one underrated beauty product to add to your arsenal of Holy Grail's. Trust me, it's a good'un.
  
Have you tried the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01?
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14.2.17

MAC Honeylove Lipstick | Review & Swatches

MAC Honeylove Lipstick | Review & Swatches
MAC Honeylove lipstick is the latest nude lipstick from MAC to find its way into my ever growing lipstick collection. Purchased in duty free on my way to Dublin last month, it was one of two shades on my duty-free shopping list. I had been eyeing up MAC Whirl, but having swatched the shade on my wrist I hesitated and realised I'm not quite ready to rock a full blown brown lip (all in good time...). And as my friend is a fan of the shade Honeylove, as is my latest favourite YouTuber Lydia Elise Millen, I would have been a fool not to pop it into my basket. 

Fast forward a few weeks MAC Honeylove £15.50 has become a happy resident in my handbag. The shade isn't quite matte, it's semi-matte and at first I thought the shade would be too light for my skintone and leave me looking as though I'd applied concealer to my lips, but I was wrong. The shade is a warm beige, with a subtle peach undertone that's comfortable to wear and easy to apply and has that sweet vanilla scent us beauty addicts know oh so well. In comparison to MAC Velvet Teddy, Honeylove isn't as brown and is far lighter in tone. Yet it has the same satin finish, that after a few hours wear, wears down to a more matte finish. 
MAC Honeylove Lipstick | Review & Swatches

Honeylove doesn't necessarily require a lip liner, but as MAC has just dropped their own lip kits and paired Honeylove with Subculture Lip Liner, I'm already contemplating popping back in store to pick it up. And admittedly Honeylove isn't the only nude lipstick I've purchased in the last month or so (I've got more to share!). I've become a woman obsessed with nude lip products. Send help... and more Muiji storage! 

Have you tried MAC Honeylove lipstick?
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12.2.17

Mococo Jewellery: Thomas Sabo Silver Pave Heart Necklace | GIVEAWAY

Mococo Jewellery: Thomas Sabo Silver Pave Heart Necklace | GIVEAWAY
With Valentines Day fast approaching I've been inundated with the advertisement of red roses, corny cards, boxes of chocolates and giant love heart bearing teddy bears. Now it may come across that I'm not a fan of Valentines Day, but I am. I just have a disdain for only expressing how you feel one day of the year. But having said that I actually quite like the corny cards and cliche valentines gifts and in all honesty no girl is disappointed with classic jewellery doused in diamonds...

Speaking of jewellery this Valentines I've teamed up with Mococo my favourite online retailers for shopping affordable designer jewellery and they've kindly gifted me a beautiful Thomas Sabo Silver Pave Heart Necklace RRP £70.00 and I'm going to give it away to one lucky BBA reader (as heart shaped jewellery isn't something a girl buys herself!). Personally I'm very selective when it comes to jewellery, but what I particularly like about this Thomas Sabo necklace is that not only is it simplistic, the heart pendant is delicate and dainty without looking or feeling cheap. 

To enter and be in the chance of winning, all you need to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. There are two compulsory entries; you must be following British Beauty Addict via Bloglovin' and Mococo Jewellery via Twitter. But I've also added a few additional entries, if you fancy increasing your chances of winning. The giveaway is open internationally and ends on 19/02/2017. One winner will be chosen at random and all entries will be checked.

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Good luck!
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9.2.17

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit | Review & Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit | Review & Swatches

When it comes to highlighters, Anastasia Beverly Hills has it nailed. From their Illuminators and four-pan palettes which are forever sold out, it will come as no surprise that everyone went into a tizzy when the Ultimate Glow Kit was released. And with such admiration for the brand and my weakness for highlighters, I swallowed the price tag, took the plunge and purchased the limited edition palette. But before I ramble on, I must admit I have mixed feelings about this palette. In short; it's a sparkly one! 

Each ABH palette has previously catered to different tastes and skin tones and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in 'Ultimate Glow' £44.00 is no exception and features 6 limited edition gold-hued highlights, bar the shade 'Snow' a true pearly white. It's the first Glow Kit with a mirror and has the same sleek cardboard packaging and outer sleeve as the previous Glow Kits. And like ABH's Glow Kit in 'Moonchild' the pans cannot be removed (which is a real bummer!). However, ABH doesn't skimp when it comes to their highlighters and each shade is 0.16 oz, meaning they'll easily work with your biggest powder brush and will last forever.

The ABH Ultimate Glow Kit doesn't match the quality and pigmentation of other ABH Glow Kits. Sadly, the formulation of this Glow Kit is a tad too glittery to make my love list and is better suited for someone who likes to sparkle. If you like a natural, lit-from-within kinda highlight this palette isn't the one for you. I also find a few of the shades are a little problematic, as they can accentuate my skin texture, especially the shades 'Golden Dawn' and 'Hot Sand' which has a copper sparkle. But the shade 'Snow' a beautiful pearly white, is the only shade in the palette that I find has a truly smooth creamy consistency that doesn't emphasise my pores or my skin's natural texture and looks flawless on the tops of my cheekbones. To be honest, it's unfortunate this shade isn't sold alone! Overall, I find the highlighters are a little dense and as a result I find the base colour doesn't translate onto my skin without a little extra work and the help of a flat synthetic brush. 

Personally I find these highlighters are easier to use on the eyes and work well mixed in with my blusher. But I'm not convinced it's worth purchasing the £44.00 kit alone for eyeshadow. If you have a medium to dark skin tone, I can imagine these highlights would look beautiful and are ideal for a night out. But it's not a palette I'd recommend for fair faces and I wouldn't class this product, as a definite makeup must have for all ABH obsessives. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit | Review & Swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit | Review & Swatches

Snow: a truly pearly white with a metallic sheen. 
White Sand: champagne gold with warm undertones and metallic finish. 
Golden Dawn: warm gold with a sparkly metallic finish. 
Sunray: peachy-bronze with a copper sparkle. 
Amber Gold: rosy gold with a yellow and gold sparkle and shimmer.
Hot Sand: medium-dark copper with orange undertones and copper sparkle. 

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit? 
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6.2.17

What's In My Makeup Bag: January

What's In My Makeup Bag: January

Its been yonks since I delved inside my makeup bag and shared its contents with you. And having spent the last few months welcoming new beauty products and disguising my pasty complexion, I thought I'd chat you through the makeup routine that has seen me through the first month of 2017...

L'Oreal foundations have always been some of my favourite drugstore foundations and for a light-medium coverage and finish that looks natural and feels bare, I've been opting for L'Oreal True Match Foundation in (N1) (£9.99). It's an old favourite and one of the few foundations that matches my current skin tone. 

Everyone needs a good concealer and one that's got the blogosphere talking is the Tarte Tape Shape Concealer (£19.00). If everyone's buying it, it's got to be good right? And it's true when they say, you always want what you can't have. So as soon as I saw Tarte offering free international shipping I'd checked out before you could utter the words Tape Shape (speaking of which, what does that even mean?!). It's on the thicker side, yet has a natural finish and works best with a beauty blender, doing a great job at concealing dark circles and discolouration without creasing or fading throughout the day. 

As I've been rotating a few newbies, I've been fickle when it comes to setting powder. But one powder I've been wearing daily is the shade 'Fawn' from the Anasatasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (£39.00). I like to apply it using the Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan Brush (£9.50). It's shaped perfectly, fitting right in the hollows of my cheeks, creating a flawless and clean contour quickly and effectively. It honestly makes applying contour an absolute breeze. And whatever is left on the brush, I sweep over my forehead, across my jawbone and down my neck. If I want to add a little warmth, I've been using Models Own Sculpt & Glow Contouring Bronzing Powder in Deep Tan (02) (£8.99)

I've been hooked on Makeup Geek's Duochrome Highlighter in 'Lit' (£19.25). The latest highlighter drop from Makeup Geek has gone completely under the radar?! Yet 'Lit' has become one of my favourite highlighters. It might not look particularly special in the pan, but a quick dusting imparts the most beautiful multi-tonal sheen, that's fit for everyday wear. If you're in the market for a new highlight, then you know what to do... 

Makeup Geek's Creme Brulee Eyeshadow (£6.00) is a one sweep wonder. There's no need to apply another shade into the crease. The light-medium brown has warm peachy undertones, which make my blue eyes pop. It has undeniably good colour payoff and is not at all powdery. It just looks so darn good on its own, so much so it's received a hella lot of public appreciation (thanks work colleagues!)
I love BIG lashes and I also love Maybelline's Lash Sensational Mascara, but for now it has taken a back seat whilst I put Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19.00)* through it's paces. Mascara for me can be a tricky one, as I already have pretty lengthy lashes that work well with most mascaras. But this mascara definitely performs well and gives outstanding volume. Better than sex? I'll let you decide! 

My lip product stash has grown considerably in recent months. So what happened? I was introduced to NYX Liquid Suede in 'Soft-Spoken'* a matte liquid lipstick that's comparable to both Kat Von D Lolita and MAC Velvet Teddy. 'Soft-Spoken' has reignited my love for brown, tawny mauves. The shade instantly transforms my look with ease and I don't find the formulation drying or hydrating. And did I mention it has the seal of approval from the Kardashian/Jenner clan? Not bad for £6.50 eh? 

What makeup products have you been reaching for recently? 
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1.1.17

9 New Year Beauty Resolutions


January - the time of year where we all commit to cut out carbs and up our fitness regimens. But for many, it's a month full of broken promises and come February 1st all resolutions have fallen by the wayside - sound familiar? So this year, instead of depriving my body of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, I've compiled 9 attainable beauty goals that I'll actually want to keep. Here's to the prettiest year yet...

1. I will... get more sleep
Come 1am you'll usually find me clicking aimlessly around the World Wide Web. I love to sleep, but I also love to procrastinate. And the phrase "you look tired" is one I need to kick to the curb in 2017. A bedtime routine needs to come into play. Even going to bed one hour earlier makes a big difference, better mood, better motivation and younger looking skin. And they don't call it beauty sleep for nothing! Not getting enough hours sleep can exacerbate acne, dryness, and other skin problems. And if all goes to plan, I'll require less concealer and a smaller cup of caffeine come 9am. 

2. I will... book monthly waxes
Whilst I have a pretty decent at home-facial routine, waxing is a whole other ball game. And having another person carry out a bikini wax on you is difficult to replicate. Trust me. And without taking the TMI route, I've been getting waxed for a good few years now. Why? Because it simply makes me feel more pulled-together. But with 7 week intervals (the perfect amount of time required to almost forget the minor pain experienced), I would like to wax monthly, as it's the secret to less pain and better results. And to be honest, a razor just doesn't cut it! 

3. I will... detox my makeup bag 
The idea of starting a new year with a fresh, uncluttered makeup bag fills me with joy (the little things). So much so, I've even purchased a new makeup bag from ASOS. It's time to chuck out ancient mascaras and streamline its contents, as it seems I hoard multiple lip products, hairbands, tampons and things I've found, like Pret plastic spoons! And if your purse is a little dry this January, just pop it in the wash, or give it a good ol' wipe down with a Dettol wipe.

4. I will... use my clarisonic weekly
I love my Clarisonic. The device, which some have steered clear of (in fear it will break them out), is actually a brightening, acne-fighting machine that when used right, works wonders. Having said that, I don't use it enough and would like to use it at least twice a week. I notice a big improvement in my skin texture and tone. It also reduces clogged pores, blackheads, can be used on my bod, makes products work more effectively and quickly removes makeup. 

5. I will... treat my feet
Confession: During winter months I forget my feet exist until a girls night out when I slip my feet into heels and then realise (a little too late) that I'm in dire need of a pedicure. It's like they tut at me every time I take my socks off. But jokes aside, whilst it's natural for pedicures to be less of a priority during winter, I can't go on catching dry foot skin on my bed sheets - eww. So it's about time I treat myself to a professional pedi, plus I quite like the massage chair...

6. I will... religiously moisturise my body
Something I quite often forget to do is moisturise. And dry skin is never good, but nor is standing in the cold after a long hot shower! I really don't fancy cracked elbows and knees and I'm currently seeking a softer, silkier version of me. So I'm on a mission to invest in a lotion I love and moisture daily post-shower. 

7. I will... clean my makeup brushes regularly 
Brushes are high maintenance and washing them will forever be a tedious task (even if I a Simple bar of soap is all it takes). We are all well aware that bacteria can lead to possible breakouts and that brushes don't work half as well when coated in dirt. So here I am, making a promise to regularly deep clean my makeup brushes and use a spray mid-week even (if it is the lazy-girl solution). I know my skin will thank me!

8. I will... stop picking my face
Picking spots is BAD. But I can't stop the compulsion to pick. I've stood in front of the bathroom mirror many a time, prodding and poking my bare face to only have to answer the door to the postman five minutes later and resemble someone who has just put their head in a beehive. Picking blemishes (even when I've had none) has resulted in multiple scars and ugly red marks. I know if I don't touch they will clear up. I can do this... maybe. 

9. I will... upgrade my barnet
I'm not talking about weekly deep conditioning hair treatments (although that wouldn't go a miss!). I mean a good old hair overhaul. I've been rocking the same parting, style and hair colour for far too long. And I've lost count of how many times I discussed visiting a salon in 2016. I must shell out money and see a stylist. Any recommendations? 

Happy New Year beauty addicts! 
What are your beauty resolutions?
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