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. 

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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