#SKINCARE101 – CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC SHEET MASK

….That is such a long title

SO I am obsessed with sheet face masks at the moment and nearly had a heart attack when I saw that Charlotte Tilbury was releasing one this year, because like everything she does, it’s going to be amazing. I was presuming an ordinary wet sheet mask, but no, she went hella extra and decided to create a whole new concept… a DRY sheet mask!

Priced at £18 for one, it is pricy. But then it’s also reusable?! As the mask is totally dry, it doesn’t hold any bacteria. Charlotte claims you can use it up to 3 times so really its £6 per mask if you break it down.

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What I really loved about this mask was the way the mask fits, it loops over your ears so it actually fits and stays on your face. To use, you just gently massage the mask into your skin to activate the product, then sit back for 15 minutes! I didn’t take any photos of myself in the mask because it looks terrifying, it reminds me of something in Doctor Who.

So the mask claims to hydrate, lift, reduce wrinkles, smooth & brighten. Afterwards my face definitely felt hydrated and had a gorgeous glow to it. I wouldn’t say that it lifted or reduced any wrinkles (not that I have many, yet!) but I’m presuming thats something that would come with continued use. However the next morning (I used it before bed) my skin didn’t look any different, if anything it was worse! My skin had a weird texture to it and my makeup just wouldn’t apply nicely on my skin.

Overall, I think as this is a dry mask its fascinating how it works and it’s a great piece of cosmetic science. But, because it’s dry I think I was amazed that it actually worked whereas realistically it has the same outcome as any other wet sheet mask. What its perfect for is when your skin is looking dull and needs a quick pick me up before you apply makeup, e.g. every Monday morning!

I’ve added in 2 YouTuber reviews on the sheet mask as these guys had a whole PR pack on the mask so can go into all the little bits of detail x

 

 

 

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#TRIED’N’TESTED – L’ORÉAL CLAY MASK

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I mentioned somewhere previously that I was after a cream face mask that fully gets into your pores and cleanses your face, similar to the likes of GlamGlow. Well, L’Oréal came thru and answered my prayers.

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Quite a while back they released 3 clay masks, one to brighten the skin, a charcoal one and I’m not really sure about the other one. I went straight for the charcoal as it was most similar to the GlamGlow super mud one that I’ve previously used. Pricing was decent, I think it’s £7.99? I got it on offer for £6, so can’t go wrong.

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I apply mine with a flat foundation brush just so I can be more precise with my application. Otherwise I just end up getting it in my eyebrows and all sorts. It smells of soap, like bars of soap you used to get in school toilets, which is quite pleasent on your face (ish). The box says to leave on for 5-10 minutes but I think I did it until it was dry/15-20 minutes. The mini mouse ears are ESSENTIAL! They just keep my hair off my face whilst reminding me of DisneyLand.

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It tightens and you cant move your face, it also gets really deep into your pores as you can see on the photo. I ended up seeing a really funny meme on Facebook mid application and laughed and it actually really hurt my face cause it was so tight! I decided to just not use filters on the photos so you could see it in all its glory.

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Washing it off was easy, I just used warm water followed by cold water to close the pores, then patted dry with a towel. You might want to try wash it off with a face wash afterwards as some of the charcoal really got stuck into my pores, yuck. (Obviously I wear fake tan so my face is going to be considerably more pale than my body)

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Afterwards my skin felt so much smoother and less irritated! I had a spot appearing next to my lip which is why I applied it so close to my lip and it got rid of that which I was happy about. My pores didn’t really seem smaller but I have read with continued use this does help. Overall my skin felt smoother and looked visibly brighter and fresher.

I’ve continued using this since the post and I love it. The box says to use 2-3 times a week but I think that’s a bit excessive?? I use it once a week, twice only if my skin is having a hissy fit. It’s definitely a great dupe for the GlamGlow Supermud. At night I follow this with a sheet mask. You can purchase the L’Oréal mask clay masks here.

 

#SKINCARE101 – NIGHT ROUTINE

Since my previous post about skin care was in May 2016, I thought an updated post was needed. Just so it wasn’t a lengthy one, I’m going to post the day and night routines separately, starting with my night routine, as it’s slightly more longer as it isn’t the same each night because I alternate between days.

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I remove my makeup with the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. I just find the ingredients in this really calming and gentle on my face. I start with my eye make up first, then face and then face again just to make sure all the dirt is off my face. Don’t forget to do your neck too!

Continuing the cleansing process, I’ll wash my face but depending on the day I’ll use either The Body Shop Tea Tree foaming cleanser, St Ives apricot face scrub or La Roche Posay Effaclar cleansing gel. If you have oily skin a gel based cleanser its best suited for your skin, and if you have dry skin then a foam cleanser is more suitable for your skin. So if my skin feels a bit textured and my make up has been clinging to dry patches then I’ll exfoliate, I only really do this once a week, at a push twice. Just as if you over exfoliate then your skin will end up producing more oil which is just not ideal. If my skin just needs a refresh then I’ll use The Body Shop Tea Tree foam cleanser. Finally, if my skin is looking really blemish like/my pores look huge then I’ll use la Roche Posay Effaclar gel cleanser as it does have a noticeable effect.

Up next is toner, before bed I always use the La Roche Posay Effaclar toner. I feel it helps my pores close and tighten over night. I only use this at night as it’s more chemical based and possibly harsher so I don’t want to use it in the morning on my face where I apply make up after incase that irritates my skin. Using it at night gives it time to work overnight on my skin.

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Following this I’ll use a serum also depending on how my skin is looking. If it’s dry, then I’ll use Hylamide Hydrating Boost serum, if it’s looking red and blemish like then I’ll use Hylamide Sensitive Fix serum, then finally if it’s normal/blemished (it’s never bloody not blemished) then I’ll use The Body Shop Tea Tree Daily Solution. The Tea Tree solution is really good for blemishes and problem skin, just the Hylamide helps support with red ness and irritation on my face.

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Finally moisturiser, every other night I alternate moisturiser. I only started doing this in the winter as it got colder my skin got dryer and basically just shit. On night 1 I use La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo cream. This is great for acne, and you can really notice the difference after one use, but I don’t feel like it REALLY moisturises my skin as it has a matte finish. If you’re oily this is will be absolutely perfect. On night 2 I use the Embryolisse cream from France, which Boots now sell!. This just adds a bit of radiance and really helps improve the elasticity of my face. So one night I’ll do one and another night I’ll do the other! I get all of my La Roche Posay Effaclar products in the 3 Step Anti Blemish System. If you suffer from blemishes then I honestly really do recommend this.

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I do a face mask probably twice a week. I have a huge collection of sheet masks I I’ll dedicate a whole post to them. I’m a big fan of sheet masks at the moment, however I’m looking for a cream mask that’ll really get deep into my skin. I’ve used GlamGlow before but I accidentally left the lid off and it dried out (fuming), but it really was amazing I will most likely repurchase. Anyway, I aim to go for a sheet mask for tired skin that radiates and hydrates, something along those lines anyway. I’ll pop this on my face for about 45minutes or until I feel the sheet going dry, then I’ll massage the remaining serum into my face.

And that is it! Sorry it was a long one. Any recommendations for a cream face mask let me know.

#HAUL – FRENCH PHARMACY LUVIN

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So for New Year myself and my boyfriend went on a dreamy 5 day trip to Paris. The best part may of possibly been 2 days in Disneyland. It was amazing I had the best time! Whilst I was there obviously I had to check out every Sephora in sight and I’ve found a new appreciation for French pharmacies.

Sephora EU isn’t as amazing as what I imagine the US ones to be, I just topped up on their own brand face masks as I absolutely love them. They had an Anastasia Beverley Hills counter however only the brow and contour products were in stock, all the glow kits and eye shadow palettes were sold out. They also had a Huda Beauty counter but you had to queue up, it was 2 people at a time only so the queue was so slow! I’m not that fussed about the lip collection, none of the shades are really suited to me. I would of had a swatch but you even had to queue to just swatch!

I’d read good things about French pharmacies as apparently they’re loved by make up artists and models during Paris Fashion Week… here’s what I picked up…

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Bioderma Micellar Water

Similar to the Garnier one, except this is the original. I double checked the ingredients and they’re not similar so I decided to give this one a try. It’s deffo a bit tougher at removing make up than the Garnier, I think I actually prefer it. I bought the bottle which has the pump on which pumps the product straight onto your cotton pad. After I take my make up off, I then was my face and then swipe this across my face to make sure extra dirt is picked up. You can buy it in the UK here. Just as it’s a french product, it’s cheaper in France!

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This baffles me because it was 10€ in France and here in the UK its £20-£22! When I first saw it I was a bit taken a back as it had like 3 functions, a make up primer/moisturiser/face mask/make up remover ?? Like how can a primer and a remover be the same thing? Anyway, I bought it and because of the cold in Paris my face was so dry I decided to use it as a night time moisturiser first. In the morning my skin was 100% moisturised and just felt like it had a bit more life to it and elasticity.  I don’t think i’ll be using it as a make up remover, but it does actually do well at being a primer. However, I just use it when my skin needs a hydrating pick me up.  I’ll definitely be stocking up on this when I go back to Paris in April. However, you can purchase it on Feel Unique here.

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Homeoplasmine

This is quite hard to get ahold of in the UK. I bought it for 6€ but BeautyMart sell it for £14 however it sells out asap. It works as a lip balm for chapped lips, and apparently as an alternative to Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream? I haven’t tried it on my entire face yet, but it does deffo work wonders on your lips, it has a matte finish so you can easily apply lipstick on top.

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Avène Thermal Water Spray

This one isn’t the most exclusive buy as you can get ahold of the full French brand in Boots. I remember my mum using their products and I’d heard great things about this spray so thought I should try it. It’s really good at calming irritations and redness, I’m not sure if I’d repurchase as its not like essential if you like? You can try it for yourself here.

My skincare routine has updated slightly, let me know if you want to see an updated post!

#HAUL – BLACK FRIDAY TREATS

Okay this is like a mix of Black Friday treats and just repurchasing things I needed! FeelUnique.com had some amazing offers over the 3 days, Selfridges had 10% off beauty and MAC had freebies when you spend over £40 online. Here’s what I picked up.

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10% off beauty isn’t a lot but it doesn’t happen often so best to make the most of it when it happens! It still amazes me that they only offer up to 10% when cosmetics are the money maker for luxury brands because they’re so cheap to produce therefore so profitable. They can deffo afford to give us 20% off!

Anyway I picked up a new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation as I hadn’t repurchased mine since it ran out and I couldn’t find anything else that I LOVED as much because I remember fully raving about it. I also copped the concealer to match as I’d seen it on my social media. I have such good memories of this foundation and I remember loving it but this time around I just don’t like it as much? I don’t know why, it just isn’t sitting on my face right. If I do a full heavy face of make up it works well but when I try to do a natural day at uni look it just doesn’t blend and sits on my face weirdly? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been using the Boujous foundation mixed with the YSL one I’ve just got used to the texture of it. The concealer, I haven’t used it enough times yet as the lady gave me the total wrong shade (I asked for a shade lighter and got a strong 2 shades darker) so I had to go back and exchange it. I’ve recently been blending my concealer with a brush and not a beauty blender but this concealer I can tell will look better with a beauty blender not a brush.

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I ran out of my gorgeous Kerestase shampoo and then moved flat so just didn’t have time to pick up a new one so I’ve been using L’Oréal for the past 2 months and my hair hates me for it. I didn’t realise how nice Kerestase was until I stopped using it. L’Oréal is absolutely rammed full of sulphites and nastys and I could just feel them clogging up in my hair. After once wash of Kerestase my hair feels BEAUT.

I also got a new Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Cocoa Brown Tough Scrub. I’d just ran out and needed these both!

MAC

So Mac brought back their discontinued whisper of guilt highlighter for their holiday collection! I saw this in Mac Carnaby street and it was in stock but I just didn’t think at all to buy it! Then next thing I knew it was sold out everywhere. Even when I went to Rome I tried Stanstead airport and the 2 MACs in Rome but still had NO luck. I just kept refreshing the website twice a day everyday to see when it would come back in stock. I managed to grab it straight away! I haven’t even tried it yet as I’ve been waiting for a day to do a full face of glam. But for £29 you get a highlight and blush compact and I think that’s pretty well priced.


I saw they had a new lipstick called ‘Strip Me Down’ and both my friend and me thought it was to match stripdown the lip liner so I bought it to make my shopping basket £40 so I could get a free liquid liner. It’s deffo a lot warmer than stripdown it’s kind of simailr to Twig too. I’m not sure how to describe it really.


So free with my order I got 2 free mascara samples and a full size black liquid liner. I remember this eyeliner being amazing so I can’t wait to use it!

So that’s pretty much my payday beauty treats 💋

#GETTHELOOK – A GLAM LIBRARY DAY

I’m ill and exhausted from working Black Friday weekend at work, I usually don’t bother wearing make up for uni but I looked rough so needed a pick me up. I went for a natural glam look which would keep me looking alive and hide how ill I felt.

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I’ve just got the iPhone 7 and seriously struggling to get used to how good the front camera is… it’s almost like ‘too good’. It shows all of my spots and open pores it’s gross! It’s deffo ruined my selfie game but managed to crack it today.

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FACE 
Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in shade Natural Beige

Concealer: Maybeline Fit Me in shade 10

Under eye powder: Make Up Forever HD Translucent

Face powder: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in shade Medium

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Highlight: MAC Soft & Gentle

Blush: Milani flower blush in Flora Passion

EYES

Shadow: Morphe 35K palette

Mascara: MaxFactor Clump Defy in shade Black/Brown

Brows: Benefit clear brow gel

LIPS

Liner: MAC Lip Liner in shade Whirl

Lipstick: Gerard Cosmetics in shade Buttercup

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#TRIED’N’TESTED – HUDA BEAUTY ROSE GOLD PALETTE


I managed to bag this on Cult Beauty as I’d signed up for email updates as to when this would be in stock. I imagined it would be out of stock by the time I got onto the website but it was still there! The palette was £56 which was a lot more than I thought it would be and I don’t know how I feel about it. But I kept looking at the glitter shades and was like look I’ll just buy it. As it was my first time ordering from Cult Beauty I was really impressed with the delivery time, it arrived the day after next in perfect packaging!

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I personally don’t like the packaging of this palette, it’s cheap for the price you pay. It arrives with a cardboard sleeve and then the palette is also made from cardboard within a plastic transparent lid, similar to a Z Palette. For £56 I was definitely expecting more, like think about how the Naked palettes and Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette are packaged. That was my vision. Plus once you have to keep opening and sliding on the sleeve, the corners of the palette just get scuffed.

So as I was a bit miffed at the packaging I wasn’t that excited for the shadows. They’re all talc free so there shouldn’t be much kick back and I was intrigued to see how they would blend. See below for my swatches, I didn’t add filters just so you can see the true colour.

The glitter was what I was most excited for, and you’re supposed to only apply these with your fingers. You can obvi use a brush if you want to but Huda suggested that the formula works better with fingers. The idea being you press firmly on the shade and then swipe on your lid and it glides on like a dream full of pigment. I prefer using my fingers sometimes for glitter lids but I also like spraying my brush with a bit of Fix+. Anyway I just couldn’t seem to get the glitters to swatch on my hand like I wanted them to! They seem quite flakey and you have to press down a couple of times to get the flakes to blend. A fantastic dupe of these shadows would be the Topshop singles, for £7-£9.50 they’re very similar.

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When I went to use this on my eyes I realised that this wasn’t an everyday palette, definitely more for occasions and going out. The shadows perform so much better on the eyes than in the swatches. They blend like and absolute dream. In the red toned colours there’s some kick back but I know that the formula on red shades is particularly difficult to make without kickback. The glitters work with a finger but I still went in with a brush to tidy it up, I also did my classic fix+ technique and that also works. I did have to press down firmly more than once to build up the desired amount of glitter on my lid.

Overall is this with it? I’m unsure, the price is so damn expensive and the matte shades are similar to other palettes. The shimmers could pass for Morphe shimmers once they’re on the lid. Plus I feel like you can only create a certain amount of looks with this palette, unlike a Morphe or Anastasia Beverly Hills where you can go for days. After this, I bought the Violet Voss palette Holy Grail and I’ve been reaching for that more often. It’s cute but the packaging really devalues it.

#TRIED’N’TESTED – STYLIST LIVE

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAs I’m a member of the Stylist Beauty Council I very kindly got 2 tickets to Stylist Live! This was my second year going as I also went last year.

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So the concept of the day is that you book yourself onto 1 workshop, 1 talk and 1 catwalk show. By the time I got round to doing this the workshops I wanted were fully booked so I just decided to do a talk and the catwalk show. As I went the year before I had a rough idea about what the catwalk would be like. I booked myself onto a trend forecasting talk as my current unit at uni is based on forecasting. One of the guest speakers was from WGSN (major global forecasting site) which was really interesting. I learnt a lot from the talk but some of it was what I learn at uni, plus the audience could do a Q&A at the end which I enjoyed as it broadened the topic.

The catwalk is built up of 5 trends for A/W all of which are high street looks you can buy now. In my personal opinion, it’s just naff. I’d much rather a edit which you can actually shop at the event built up of some personal shoppers and stylists to help you find the look which is best for you. However the main thing which I disliked about the catwalk show, was that in the trend talk the fashion editor talked about tailoring everything for the Stylist reader. Now, this should of been filtered onto the catwalk show. The Stylist reader isn’t all a size 6 tall skinny early 20’s female. It would be much more exciting if we had a range of body sizes up on the catwalk to reflect the range of readers. You can say the same for all fashion shows I know, but Stylist is that magazine you get for free on the tube to read in on your commute and really reaches out to the reader.

In between all of this, the business design centre is built up of pop up stalls. Clarins and Urban Decay having the biggest floor space. I wanted to see more exclusive discounts. Liz Earle only had 10% off which was a bit disappointing, you can get better on Feel Unique! It needs to be a lot more hands on, a lot of the brands are small businesses trying to sell product to you which kinda got annoying. I want to be able to learn about these new brands and get an experience. For example, Urban Decay was just like going into Debenhams… where as at an event like this they should be doing master classes, prize giveaways, discounts etc. Like really open up to the customer and promote themselves. This is something that Clarins did well, they had makeovers, back massages, neck massages and hand massages going on. Plus there should be a lot of variety of brands, I saw too many Pinterest inspired greetings cards, old news.

This is a really fun day out or something to do post work, it doesn’t last the whole day, only about 3 hours I’d say? So if you travel from outside London it’s nice to go and get food and cocktails afterwards and really make a day of it I’d day.

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So my overall opinion is, great girly day and something different to do. It needs to be less money making orientated and more hands on and part of an experience. Plus add some body shapes to that catwalk! Look at what the Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry and Topshop Unique are doing and have the catwalk edit ready to shop afterwards.

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES

I did a big Beauty Bay order when I got paid and it was the best order I’ve ever place. I also bought some bits from Beauty Mart and believe it or not, Amazon too.

Let’s start with the Makeup Geek shadows as I just don’t understand why it took me so long to try Makeup Geek?! These shadows are just tooooo good I can’t get over how good they are. I bought Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Coco Bear, Frappe, Peach Melba, Cherry Cola and 2 foiled ones which I can’t remember but you can see on the photo. I bought a Morphe palette to pop them in just cause I preferred this to the Z Palettes. The shadows are just so pigmented its crazy, if these were £15 a piece I would still fully justify buying them. The foiled ones are incredible. I usually spray Mac Fix+ onto my brush first but for these you don’t even need to do that. I’m 100% buying more next payday.

Bought from Beauty Bay here

Okay so I bought another morphe palette, I probably didn’t need it but I did. I really think everyone should own at least one morphe palette as there such amazing value. I went for the 35K as I needed a really smokey palette and this was a perf alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. Once again the pigment just exceeds itself and the foiled shadows are in a league of their own. The empty palette is also perfect for pan eyeshadows, my Makeup Geek shadows fit in perfectly.

Bought from Beauty Bay here and the empty palette here.

Milani blush was next on my list as I saw these in a Jaclyn Hill video waaaay back. I couldn’t decide what shade to do so I went for romantic rose as it was vegan even though I’m not vegan lol. I was just curious to see how vegan make up was as I’ve never used it knowingly! Such a gorgeous everyday blush which goes on well, I think I’m going to buy more of these as you get so much product for your money.

Bought from Beauty Bay here. 

I added a Gerad Cosmetics lippy to my basket and I’m unsure why, I think I was just going CRAY cause it’s cheap and I thought I was Jaclyn Hill. It’s nice but nothing major.

Bought from Beauty Bay here.

I HAD to try the EX1 foundation as people are going so mad for it I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I bought it in shades 100 and 300 as I tan a lot so needed to vary and mix up my shade when needed. However I wish I got 200 and 100 as 300 is actually really dark, well darker than I expected. EX1 is based around olive skin tones and the Arab women love it. But it just really reminds me of MAC Studio Fix Fluid, but for half the price. It has good days and bad days, if you know then you know. The texture is pretty similar too. I’ll still reach for it on my days off work but I do think the Too Faced Born This Way has my heart.

Bought from BeautyMart here.


I’m starting to get into the Korean skincare hype. BeautyMart were selling the TONY MOLY face masks and I was just intrigued by the randomness of the ingredients, like red wine face mask???? But for £6 a shot I was like nah. I found them on amazon, yes Amazon, for £11 for 11 masks (basically the whole set). So I popped them in my basket. I haven’t tried all of them yet but I don’t think I like them more than the Sephora ones. The pore control broke me out into really bad acne again, which some things do then it clears up but a week later and the spots aren’t shifting. However he radiance ones are nice. Cute for a pamper night.

Bought from Amazon here.

#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.