13.9.17

My Most Reached for High-End Foundations

My Most Reached for High-End Foundations
I'm a daily foundation wearer through and through, whether its full coverage, light coverage, mattifying or dewy I've got a foundation for the job. Needless to say, picking a foundation out isn’t easy, shade matching and finding a formulation that doesn’t oxidise, or cake come 3pm can seem impossible. But I have a few high-end foundations I fall back on daily that are mainstays in my collection. So here’s a rundown of my favourites.
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11.9.17

It's a Sell-Out: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara | Before & After

It's a sell-out: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara | Before & After
Drop the falsies and lash curlers, there's a new mascara on the block and its a sell-out. I spent two weeks trying to snag a tube of L'Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara £11.99, it was clearly a popular product as it flew off the shelves and consequently sold.out.everywhere. Tbh, I always want what I can't have, especially when it comes to beauty products and although I was disappointed, I felt reassured it would be worth the wait, because if the masses were buying it, it must be good. But does this new release live up to the hype? In short yes. I was blown away by, well, everything.
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6.9.17

4 Beauty Products to Try

4 Beauty Products to Try
My love for beauty products runs deep. No matter how hard I resist I always want to try more, see what's new and discover real beauty gems. Last month my spending was restrained as I got a lil debit card happy during a few too many social occasions including a very boozy bank holiday weekend. But this didn't stop me from reviving an old eyeshadow palette from within the deep depths of my IKEA Alex drawers and dropping a few pounds in my local Boots. And I've found four you-need-to-try beauty products, all tried, tested, loved and recommend by moi. 
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4.9.17

Hormonal Breakouts: My Go-To Routine

Hormonal Breakouts: My Go-To Routine
It's a fact of life that we all at some point get spots, regardless of how regimented our skincare routines are. Generally speaking day to-day I have relatively blemish free skin, my biggest skincare woes are redness and uneven texture. BUT, once a month my skin has a hormonal orgy where all participants (blackheads, whiteheads and those pesky red bumps) are invited (not on my behalf) to gather around my chin and jaw line. I have zero self-control when it comes to popping blemishes and I know its best to leave them alone. Frustrating but true. And whilst I can't prevent the natural from occurring, I can treat them and prevent scaring. So here's my go-to routine for hormonal breakouts.
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30.8.17

How to Achieve the Natural 'No Makeup Makeup' Look

How to Achieve the Natural No Makeup Makeup Look

‘No-makeup makeup’ is a contradiction I know. But as much as I love makeup I don’t always want to wear a smoky eye, cut crease and bold lip. Day to day, natural(ish) makeup is my thing. The kind of makeup that’s soft, fresh and flattering, playing up to my favourite features without using a heap of makeup products, just the bare necessities. So I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite products to add to your bag to achieve a no-makeup look. 
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28.8.17

Warm Weather Summer Scents


Perfume was my first foray into beauty, I can faintly remember pushing open the heavy door of the little fragrance shop in my local town for the first time when I was just 11. I instantaneously became overwhelmed with excitement at the beautiful glass bottles that lined the walls. I left with a bottle of perfume that day Lolita Lempicka to be precise (which so happened to be the prettiest bottle I could find) and that’s where my love for fragrance began. 
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26.8.17

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation | Review

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation | Review

Foundation. I have enough bottles of the stuff to cover my entire body and then some. And while over the summer months I've been gravitating towards lightweight, barely there bases, one new release has quickly become a favourite having lasted until after-work drinks (tested, on multiple occasions). The foundation in question is Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation, a full coverage, almost weightless foundation with the added bonus of SPF.
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16.8.17

Too Faced's Sweet Peach Eyeshadow & Glow Palette | Review & Swatches

Too Faced's Sweet Peach Eyeshadow & Glow Palette

The Sweet Peach Collection from Too Faced has gained a loyal following of editors, celebs, bloggers and beauty addicts alike since its release back in March. And it's popularity is not surprising, I mean it’s not every day your makeup both looks and smells delicious. The collection includes a slew of fruity fragranced peach-inspired products; eyeshadows, blush and highlighter palette, and seven creamy lip oils. And as peach is a hue I wear on the regular, I simply couldn't resist. Now I'm well aware the world wide web is saturated with Too Faced reviews (#sweetpeachpalette has racked up over 66,000 mentions on Insta alone), but is this collection worth the hype? Well, without further ado, here's my thoughts, swatches and all the sweet deets...
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6.7.17

Cream Of The Crop | Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I’ll try to keep things short and sweet, but forewarning you, this may be a lengthy love letter. Now I don’t know about you, but during the winter months I very rarely use skincare past my collarbone (awful, I know), but June saw a major heatwave with blistering sunshine and in short, my legs weren’t ready to see the light of day. Introducing Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream the body cream that’s inspired by the Brazilian’s favourite feature - their derrières and currently residing in every beauty editors bathroom cabinets. I can’t remember the last time a body cream caused such a stir. I was skeptical at first, as a pert derrière doesn’t come cheap, priced from £18 for 75ml. But(t) I couldn’t wait to try it and revive my limbs. 
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4.7.17

Quick Summer Body Beauty Fixes

The temperature has been rising over the last couple of weeks, as has my fear of showing some skin. I can no longer wear jeans to cover up my pasty *cough* hairy legs and hide my feet in my favourite pair of Forever 21 boots. We’ve all been there, dashing to the shops to buy a new maxi dress and a razor to replace the blunt blades collecting dust in our cupboards. But when a heatwave arrives announced we can be hard pushed to fix our body woes fast. So today I’ve rounded up a few summer beauty must-haves to help fix them fast. 
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2.7.17

5 Reasons To Love Your Body

5 Reasons To Love Your Body
I know from my own experience body positivity isn’t as simple as saying “You should just love your body!” It’s not an easy problem to solve. Personally I’ve struggled between loving and loathing my body for as long as I can remember. Bouts of anxiety trigger binge eating, which sees my body balloon several dress sizes leaving me feeling terribly insecure and frumpy. And yes, my body has broken down and failed me. In the last year I’ve suffered from more episodes of tonsillitis than Breaking Bad and have had a tonsillectomy and appendectomy. Ailments aside, it’s easy to forget all the amazing things about our bodies that make us beautiful. And blanket statements this post is not. It’s more a reminder to love the skin I'm in and become more accepting of myself.  
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29.6.17

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze | Review & Swatches

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze | Review & Swatches
It's no secret that I have quite a stash of eyeshadow palettes. But my current go-to palettes all have one thing in common; they're warm toned. Y'know, those orange, matte terracotta, warm brown, eyeshadows, I simply can't get enough. So it will come as no surprise that I took an instant liking to the Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze. Plus I adore it's pocket sized packaging (although it has got lost among the mess on my vanity!) and the fact it's been created in collaboration with my favourite Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell. 
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27.6.17

Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick & Monsieur Big Mascara | Review & Swatches

Among the latest beauty offerings that have hit the high street are two new launches from Lancôme. TBH myself and Lancôme had never truly been lovers until the release of their Grandiôse Liner which has been a staple in my makeup bag ever since. A year later, I have a handful of Lancôme products in my collection including Grandiôse mascara, Miracle Cushion Foundation and Juicy Shaker Lip Glosses, so I’ve welcomed their two new arrivals with open arms. But will they be added to their roster of best-sellers?
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25.6.17

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette | Review, Swatches & UK Release Date

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches Urban Decay Naked Heat is the eyeshadow palette to have in your beauty stash this summer. The fifth offering from the cult-fave UD Naked collection has a fiery assortment of shades and the gorgeous, summery palette has been met with much excitement. So much so, being the beauty addict and Urban Decay devotee that I am, I went batshit crazy and spent 45 minutes obsessively refreshing the UD website during the flash sale (deep breaths into a paper bag were useless). The pre-release set the internet on fire, but I managed to nab one after finding a direct link on Twitter before it sold out. I may have blindly bought Naked Heat, but it was a no brainer as I love warm toned eyeshadow palettes and I can confirm it’s bloody lovely.
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20.6.17

Three Everyday Foundations

Three Everyday Foundations
For the last four months I've been fussing over foundations, playing around with coverage, shades, blendability, thickness, liquids, sticks, powders, CC, BB, DD and EE (etc.) creams. I have amassed a large selection of foundations in the process, but I've found 3 needles in the haystack for everyday wear that don't break me out, are neither too pink, or too orange and have a finish I'm rather fond of.
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18.6.17

Lovin' Lately

Yes, I know long time no blog post! But no fear, I’ve not fallen off the edge of the earth. I’ve recently had my tonsils removed, so things have been a little up in the air. But that hasn’t stopped me from trying out new skincare, haircare and make up. So I thought I’d round up a few beauty products I can’t get enough of right now and give you the deats.
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15.6.17

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection | Review & Swatches

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection | Review & Swatches
Urban Decay has been dropping release after release in recent months, including their Liquid Aura, Naked Skin Shapeshifter and more recently they teased their Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette which sold out within hours during a limited pre-sale earlier this week. TBH it's difficult to keep up! But one limited edition launch that's still available to buy is their 12 piece Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection. A tribute to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat the collection is wrapped in Basquiat prints on canvas style packaging and they're even equipped with quirky hooks so they can be hung on a wall. Makeup is an art form after all, right? 
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30.4.17

I Finally Finished My Makeup Geek Palette | Review & Swatches

I Finally Finished My Makeup Geek Palette | Review & Swatches
I love eyeshadow, so I have a lot of love for Makeup Geek, a brand which has produced high-quality formulas and pigmented eyeshadows with an affordable price tag. And I've finally finished filling my Makeup Geek Palette. Now, it did take a little longer than expected to fill (an entire year to be precise), but it has quickly become the one eyeshadow palette I use most, as it now holds near enough every eyeshadow colour I need.
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26.4.17

4 New Beauty Buys | Review & Swatches

4 New Beauty Buys | Review & Swatches
Mules, denim jackets and bardot dresses - spring has arrived meaning not only is it time to update my wardrobe, it's time to swap out my bold makeup for the bare and ponder over new product debuts and lust-worthy collections. So when I read my horoscope and it said to treat myself this month, I thought I'd be damned if I didn't deserve it... so I did. And here's what I bought and my first thoughts.
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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.
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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.
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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...

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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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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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! 
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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...
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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...
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