#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.

#TRIED’N’TESTED – BEAUTY BLENDERS 

Paying £16 for a sponge has never appealed to me, so I’ve never bothered to splurge on a Beauty Blender. However, I have wanted to know the difference between the Beauty Blender and other brands. This post started off as a Real Techniques VS Beauty Blender post, but then I got sent a Spectrum Sponge in my Birchbox and it just needed to feature on this.


For those who don’t know, to use these sponges you dampen them. So put them under luke-warm/cold water and keep squeezing until they expand. Then squeeze all the water out and wrap them in a towel to get rid of excess water. You want your sponge to be damp not wet.

Ima start with the Real Techniques sponge, I’ve used this for about 2 years now and it’s fine it does the job whatever. I don’t use this to blend foundation, only to set/blend my under eye concealer. I haven’t used it to blend anything as I don’t do cream contour cause I’m just awful at it. The flat edge is really good for setting under eyes and the pointed edge allows you to get up in the corners.

My friend swears by the beauty blender and she said the Real Techniques one wasn’t as good so I was keen to try. But I just can not get my head round paying £16 for some sponge! When it’s expanded in water it seems slightly bigger than the RT one, it’s also a little less dense. I didn’t like this for setting my under eyes as I felt like it took a lot of the product away, but it was definitely better for blending out. If you do cream contour then I would recommend this at it really blends evenly. I might try doing cream contour with this and see if I’m any better at it. I bought the red beauty blender and I noticed that when I washed it, the colour was running, grim.


THEN my May Birchbox arrived and inside was a Spectrum Blender. Now I don’t really know much about Spectrum as a brand but I recognise the name from YouTube. The first thing I noticed about this blender was that it’s much more dense and larger than both other blenders. I LOVE this, it’s amazing at setting my under eyes as it doesn’t take the product away and it stops my concealer from creasing. It’s also really good at blending, it’s like the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques sponge mixed into one. I will Deffo be re purchasing this. It also comes in a cute lil packet which is perf for traveling.

However, anyone mastered a way of cleaning these sponges?

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES


PAYDAY PAYDAY PAYDAY! It was a 5 week month and it was a struggle, but I did have a lil help from my student loan obvs. Usually on payday I go hard and then by Monday I’m completely broke again, but I was good this time round. I just bought some treats from Topshop.


Topshop Highlight in Crescent Moon

You know the amazing holy saviour glow pot from Topshop? Well this is it but now in powder form! YES BISHES. Super excited to try this. Also, glow pot is sold out (not discontinued according to some bloggers), it’s back in stock later this month. I work better with powders than I do creams so I was super excited when I saw this. If you LOVE highlight then this will look gorgeous when used with the glow pot.

 

 

 

 

DHC Moisture Strips

These are one of my favourite skincare products of all time. They went out of stock for about 3 months and when they came back in stock the other day I stocked up and bought 3 boxes so I never have to go without them again. When I was suffering withdraw symptoms from these, I used Sephroa eye masks which are also amazing. I prefer the DHC ones because they contain aloe vera and soy.

I suffer from eczema under my eyes when I’m stressed, but whenever I feel like my eyes are going a bit dry I pop one of these on overnight and in the morning my eyes are moisturised and the signs of eczema are gone.

Topshop Brow Gel

FINALLY! This product is just slightly over due. I’ve used Maybelline Brow Drama for about 2 years now and swear by it. When this came out I was so eager to try it, it comes in 2 shades and I went for the darker shade as I have dark statement brows and the lighter shade wouldn’t do much for them. Only thing I’m a bit unsure about is the brush size, it’s so small for my big brows!

 

 

 

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liners

I don’t really know where to start with these really. They’re just the absolute shit. One thing that annoys me is that they’re called lip contour, like no let’s not complicate our contouring routine Im still trying to get my head around my cheekbones let alone lips. These are lip LINERS. Comparing them to MAC as per, they’re basically the cream stick liner, same texture, same mechanical pencil and same (if not better) pigment. But only priced at £6.50, amazing.

 

 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetThey come in 2 shades, Frame and Outline. Frame is the darker one out of the two, similar to Whirl/Spice/Deverish lip liners by MAC and Outline is on the same level as Honey Love… if it was to be a lip liner. Frame is also very very similar to Candy K from Kylie Jenner. Such a good dupe. Click here to read my review on the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

From top to bottom: 

Koko K – Kylie Jenner, Frame – Topshop, Outline – Topshop and Candy K- Kylie Jenner.

 

 

#FULLYRATE – NYX COSMETICS

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I’d heard about NYX on YouTube, and it wasn’t until my friend bought their liquid matte lipsticks did I realise the brand had launched in the UK. I’ve seen a lot of coverage on their Instagram about launching in Boots, but I still haven’t seen them in a Boots in London?! I bought some product from ASOS so I could use my student discount, but the majority of the good stuff is sold out. Therefore I bought some more in Selfridges as they have a pretty large and well stocked concession space which seems to be expanding.

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Powder Highlight & Contour Palette: I’ve used the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette for a few months now and if I’m honest I thought it was good, but not as amazing as everyones makes it out to be. I find the colours quite hard to blend out. There’s so much competition right now with contour palettes to the point where I don’t think you really need the Anastasia Beverly Hills one anymore to slay. The NYX palette had been doing the rounds on YouTube and it’s so cheap I thought I might as well try it. Well, I FULLY RATE IT. With 4 contour shades you can get a really good match to your skin tone. If you’re a contour beginner then I’d recommend you this, it blends out so easily. The highlights I’m not really fussed about however they have NAILED the dupe of banana. Available at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Primer Base: Never seen the point in lip primers as I thought there’s no way they could work. I added this to my basket as it’s cheap and if it doesn’t work then at least I tried it. I was proven so wrong! This makes such a difference, especially with matte lipstick! It definitely helped keep my lipstick on for an extra 2 hours or so. It’s a large pencil with a slightly tinted creamy formula which is available in 2 shades. Purchase at FeelUnique.com.

 

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Wonder Stick: In Paris my friend introduced me to this. She’s the kinda gal who doesn’t want to faff on with a whole palette just to get some cheekbones. She just drew 2 lines under her cheekbones and blended with a damp beauty blender, and then built up if necessary. Then used the highlight end to highlight her face. It was such a quick and easy way to contour. I bought mine in the shade ‘universal’ which is formulated for various skin tones. My skin tone changes weekly depending on how much fake tan I wear so this shade is perfect for me as I can build up the contour when needed. Available from Selfridges.

HD Primer: This works perfectly under my Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation! Both are formulated for your skin to look flawless on camera. I only wear these when I’m going on a night out or to somewhere where I know there’s going to be lots of pictures taken. However when using products like this, remember that your setting powder has to be HD based also, otherwise you will loose the HD effect. Available from ASOS.

Mineral Stick Foundation: Recently I’ve been LOVING foundations and I’ve never used a stick based foundation before so I’m eager to try. It was quite thick and creamy when I tested it on my arm, I feel like it might blend well with my Marc Jacobs brush. You can purchase this at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Liner: Super creamy texture similar to the Sephora ones. The pigment is AMAZING and they do great dupes of MAC shades. Purchased from Selfridges.

Full Coverage Concealer: This is very thick and I’m not planning to use it under my eyes! I’ve been on the lookout for a thick concealer to help hide the acne on my face. I know spots are textures on the face and you can still see them, but I have a lot of scaring that needs covering up. Available at ASOS.

Wonder Pencil: This caught my eye because it’s a gorgeous nude shade that would look beaut in the waterline of a brown smokey eye. It seems like it’s quite a multi purpose product that could be used to highlight under the brow or in the inner corner. Purchase this from FeelUnique.com.