#FAVES – DRUGSTORE

It’s been forever since I did a favourites post, purely just because I haven’t bought new makeup since I went to Miami so I’ve actually been using what I’ve got. I’ve recently been loving drugstore/cheaper products because I really think this year the whole market has really come through and is so much more advanced than it used to be. I’ve rounded up my ultimate OG’s below, all of this is stuff I’ve been using religiously for the past 2-3 months.

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Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

I bought 2 of these when I went to Miami but have managed to smash my other one :))). This is the perfect shade of bronzer whether I’m tanned or not tanned, it always looks right. It’s got a beaut buttery smooth texture that really glides and blends into the skin. Plus it smells amaze.

Topshop Glow Drops

I don’t think they’re a thing anymore, or they may be in your local store. These are the perfect dupe for the Cover FX liquid highlighters. You can use them over foundation, under foundation, on your face with no makeup at all. They’re so multi purpose! I love to use mine under foundation all over the face when I’m tired AF and need a glow.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation

Okay, we need to discuss. I bought this foundation in September in Miami and I’ve been wearing it everyday since, I actually got my Boss to get her mum to bring me back 3 extra bottles when she went to LA because I didn’t know what to do when it ran out. However last week it launched on Amazon UK so you can finally get it in the UK! It’s a radiant finish, lightweight, medium to full coverage. You know when people want that perfect everyday foundation? This is it. I use shade 205 which is perfect for when I have my tan on. It lasts a full day at work for me too but goes so nicely will my Too Faced Hangover X primer!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

I know its wild that I’ve got 3 bloody concealers in a favourites post but I can’t choose one because I love them equally and alternate between them all the time! The Fit Me is my fave for when I don’t need as much coverage under eye and it’s quite radiant so I use it when I’m going for that kind of vibe on my face. It does crease but every single concealer creases on me because I’ve got fine lines under my eyes (sobs). But out of all 3 concealers this is the most light weight under the eye. Go for this if you’re more of a natural kinda gal.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

I’ve used this guy for like 3-4 years now and is always a fave. It’s a fantastic dupe of the NARS Creamy Concealer it’s just a shame the shade range is awful for darker skin tones, that’s the one thing I hate about drugstore product, they just forget about darker skin tones?! This is more of a matte, full coverage finish. My tip for this is take the sponge off, you get waaaay more product!

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer

This is a newbie in my collection after it went viral on YouTube for being a dupe to Tarte Shape Tape. It’s a full coverage concealer however only recently I’ve felt it’s quite heavy under the eyes so deffo more of a evening/full glam vibe. I originally bought shade C8 which is like my fake tan shade but I’ve discovered it’s a great eyeshadow base. I use C5 for a bright under eye. The only downside is that you get like 3ml of product which barely lasts so you’ll be going through 1-2 of these a month.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I’ve used this for over a year now and is always my go to Mascara. To be honest, I love all of the Maybelline mascaras and they’re so trusty but I just find that this one really lengthens AND thickens, and like doesn’t go clumpy and weird. I always buy by Mascasra’s in a brown shade, never black, the brown is less harsh on my face.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Got dark circles which no concealer can hide? You need this. I can’t go a day without it. The red undertones in the concealer counteract the dark circles to eliminate them, it’s something to do with the 2 colours being opposite each other on the colour wheel or something. But I just dab a bit of this under my eyes and then pop my concealer on top.

Topshop Lip Contour

One of my fave cheap lip liner formulas. Although I can’t find them on the website so I’m not sure if they exist anymore but you can get Topshop in TK Maxx and I found some in there! It’s just a great your lip colour but better in a pencil! Sometimes I use it all over the lips for a dark nude matte look.

NYX Suede Lip Liner 

The whole collection of these is fab but I love the shade London, it’s such a good dupe for MAC Stripdown which is one of my OGS. They have such a similar formula, if you like the pencil type vibe then you’ll love these. For only £4 you’ll end up going in for one and coming out with 5.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I’ve got tones of these and I legit think I have the shade London in every handbag I have because I can’t be without one. I always use London with the matching lip liner above, they work so well together. If you don’t like wearing matte because you find them drying then this is for you, they’re super creamy like a whipped texture and then set onto the lips and no drying or chapping!

 

#FAVES – BUT I’M ON YOUTUBE!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and festive period with your loved ones, and of course, ate sooo much food!

Over the Christmas period I went back up to Newcastle for a bit and visited my friend Yasmin, together we filmed a VERY chatty Best Of 2016 vlog for her YouTube Channel. I’ve never done a YouTube video before but this was so much fun to film! We go through our faves of 2016 and use the products as we go, it’s full of tricks and techniques too. Make a cup of tea and watch the video here! If you like it, please subscribe to Yasmin’s channel, she’s just set it up and is equally as passionate about make up as I am.

Stay tuned for January, I have lots of exciting posts and content planned! 2017 is deffo going to be a good year for my blog, I’ve got good vibes for this year. Make sure you never miss a post by adding your email for updates, or follow me on my social media channels.

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Can we just take a sec to admire Yasmin’s highlight…..

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#FAVES – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

As I spent half of August moving house, I lived on a small selection of beauty products from my make up bag so my glam looked the same everyday. And then I went on a make up ban… which obvs didn’t really last that long. So I’ve combined the 2 months together for my favourites post.

Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

Apparently this has some form of NASA technology in it? But it’s the first foundation that I’ve used that provides buildable coverage on my face but without feeling like I’m actually wearing anything on my face. I use the Morphe M442 to apply this, which is the first duo fibre brush I’ve used to apply foundation and I loveeee it. I’m not sure if the Saint Laurent foundation will beat the Too Faced Born This Way one, however this is a great alternative for oily skin.

Makeup Geek

I’m unsure after watching Jaclyn Hill on YouTube for years I’ve never tried Makeup Geek shadows. They are better than MAC, but for a fraction of the price. My personal faves are, Frappe, Beaches and Cream and Creme Brulee. The pigment is amazing, they have little kickback and they just blend like the ultimate dream. They come in a pan form, so I just bought an empty Morphe palette to put them in. This is THE worst photo to show as my poor palette is battered but it shows how much I use it. Plus I dropped it on the floor and smashed one of my foiled shadows waaaahhh.

Hoola Bronzer

I literally have NO idea why it took me YEARS to try this???? It’s AMAZING. This bronzer is the perfect in between of ashy and warm tan. It’s just perfect for every skin tone, everyone needs this in their makeup bag. Plus its fab for a gentle contour.

Welda Lavender Bath Milk

Since I moved into my new house and it has a bath (yay) I can now buy bath bombs from lush and relax. Lavender relaxes me so much so I knew I wanted a bath product with lavender in, I chose Welda because of the organicness of the brand. I didn’t way any harsh chemicals on my skin. I put about 3 cap fulls of this in my bath and I couldn’t believe how relaxed I felt afterwards it was dreamy. After a shit day, this works a treat. Use wisely and don’t fall asleep in the bath.

#FAVES – JUNE & JULY

I didn’t do a favourites for June just because there wasn’t really anything I was truly like WOW about. So thought I’d do a combined one instead!


SLEEK I DIVINE PALETTE

Okay, I don’t actually mean the whole palette, there’s just this one shade which is absolute holy grail! The bottom right cooper shade is just absolutely to die for. All the other shades are good but this one is in a league of its own. This month I’ve loved copper shades because they really bring out the blue in my eyes. I just use my favourite base colour MAC – Malt, and a few of my usual shades from theBalm Voyage pallete and then pat this copper shade onto my kid with my finger. It’s so beaut.

Bought from Boots here.


KYLIE COSMETICS METAL MATTE 

I bought this in the shade Reign and I mean despite the fact it arrived less than half empty (see Instagram) it’s actually the coolest colour. Whenever I wear this I get so many compliments. Obviously it doesn’t last as long as her liquid mattes do, but it really does stay on well. The only negative, also besides it arriving empty, is that the applicator is awful and makes it harder for you to apply smoothly on your lip. But the colour is banging. I know that NYX have really good metallic dupes so I’m going to give those a try instead of purchasing more of the Kylie metals as they’re so god damn expensive.

Bought from Kylie Cosmetics here.

MAC MINERIZLE POWDER

I used to use this when I was a die hard MAC gurl and then when off it when I started using other brands. But I was sorting out my make up and forgot I had it so started using it again and forgot how amazing it was as an everyday powder. During this absolute mega heatwave it really has helped keep my make up on and covered up my blemishes. I use this in shade Medium.

Bought from MAC here.

GERAD COSMETICS LIPGLOSS

Another one I forgot about! Jaclyn Hill used to rave about these when she started doing YouTube and I bought them but wasn’t really a gloss kinda gal at the time. Since trying the Kylie Cosmetics ones and just not really feeling it I decided to give these a go and really forgot how good they were! I can use them without any colour underneath cause the pigment is great, and they really have a nice shine to them. However, they are sticky so watch your hair.

Bought from Beauty Bay here.

#FAVES – MAY

I love it when it’s a new month purely because it means I get to do a favourites post!

TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION 

This foundation, oh my days. I think it’s the best I’ve ever used. On payday I was torn between this and Georgio Armani silk foundation but went for this as it was cheaper. When I tested it I was sceptical because it had the same texture as MAC Studio Fix, and that foundation scares me after having used it for so many years. It kind of baffles me because I only need 1 pump to cover my whole face, and then about half a pump extra for a fuller coverage, but it doesn’t feel thick at all. It really does make your skin look naturally flawless and I’ve got acne so it’s quite hard for my skin to look flawless. Majorly rate this guys!

TOPSHOP GLOW POT IN POLISHED

It’s back in stock and better than ever. I LOVE the Topshop glow pot, it’s the best cream highlight I’ve used. So over my foundation I dap a small amount with my fingers across the top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cuspids bow. I start of with a small amount and use my fingers to blend it out and then build it up. I find that it works best with fingers I don’t know why, I’ve used brushes and sponges but it maintains a beaut glow when blended with fingers. I then use a powdered highlight on the top cause I LOVE highlight.

SPECTRUM BRUSHES

After receiving the amazing beauty blender style sponge in my Birchbox last month, I decided to purchase some Spectrum brushes. I didn’t realise that they’re pink and so pretty!! The fact they’re pink made me want to buy more tbh, but I just settled for a fan brush and a shader brush because I actually needed one. They’re so fab! The fan brush makes highlight go on so well I love it and the shader brush I use for shadow under my eyes when doing a smokey eye and it blends the product out so well. I’m 100% going to purchase more of these, they’re so affordable too!

#FAVES – APRIL

This post is waaaaay over due cause I’ve been so busy with uni. But here it is, my April favourites!


LUMEE SELFIE LIGHT PHONE CASE 

I’ve wanted one of these for so long but just never got round to purchasing as you have to order them from America and the shipping is weeelllll expensive. You can get snide ones on eBay and stuff but I wanted the real deal, so I could get my selfie game as strong as Kim Kardashians. If you didn’t know, she has one of these. I ordered from the Lumee website and including shipping and everything it cost me £50, which yeah is ridic for a phone case. BUT ITS SO GOOD. Okay yeah it does make your phone look like an absolute brick, but the selfies are banging. It’s so good for drunk snapchats on a night out too. You can alter the strength of the light to suit you. It’s so perf. I fully recommend that everyone has one of these in their lives.


NYX SETTING SPRAY 

I usually use Urban Decay setting spray but I felt like it wasn’t doing much on my face for everyday use, but for nights out its somehow amazing. I use setting sprays everyday so I don’t have to touch up on my make up throughout the day. I saw this and it’s so cheap I thought I may aswell give it a go. ITS SO GOOD. If not better than the Urban Decay one, serious. If you have oily skin then avoid this and opt for the Matte finish version instead.


TOPSHOP BRONZER IN MOHAWKE

I love the feeling of going back to a product and it being amazing and you just forgot about how amazing it was. Cause that’s what happened with this. It’s matte so there’s no shimmer in this, so if you prefer shimmery bronzers then this ain’t the one for you. Since I’ve been loving highlight recently, this works perfectly as its matte so I don’t end up with a completely shimmery face. I use it on my cheekbones to help blend my contour and on the temples of my forehead. It really gives me a glow so my face matches with my orange fake tanned body.


TOPSHOP BROW GEL 

For real this stuff is so good. As you may know, I’ve used Maybelline Brow Drama for years now, but this has officially taken its place. I bought it in the darker shade but it’s actually really really dark so I have to apply it lightly so I don’t end up looking like Mr Bean. At first I was a bit worried about the brush size as its so small, but it’s perfect because it gets every detail so you can really accurately shape your brows. If you’re someone who has to fill in their brows (with pencil or gel) then use this over the top to hold the hairs in place.


GARNIER MICELLAR WATER WITH OIL

I love love love the normal (the one in the pink bottle) Garnier Micellar water, when I saw this in Boots I was like ooooh I need to try this. Must admit if you have oily skin then just skip this, this is your worst nightmare. This is 100% for dry skin. It doesn’t leave your skin greasy at all, it really does hydrate your face and give it a bit of a glow. Make sure you shake the bottle well before use though!