#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.

SELFRIDGES 

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.

FEEL UNIQUE

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 💋

#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 – NYX MATTE LIP CREAM


After trying purchasing the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit I thought I’d try these NYX matte lip creams to compare as they’re only £5.

I ordered 2 shades, Athens and Stockholm. Athens from ASOS and Stockholm from Feel Unique. Being honest though, I don’t think I’m going to bother buying make up from ASOS again. A friend of mine purchased a NYX Mascara and it arrived all dried up as if it had been opened. It wasn’t until my lip cream from Feel Unique arrived did I realise how dried up my ASOS lip cream was. I don’t know if it’s cause it’s old stock they want rid of or what? Weird.


In the pictures the shades looked slightly different but when they arrived I realised how similar they were! Athens has more of a peachy under tone to it than Stockholm. They can be blended with so many different nude lip liners and brands to create a block colour or ombré effect on the lip.

On the lips they feel creamy and slightly moisturising. I always apply my NYX Lip Primer underneath to create a base and keep the product on longer. The pigment isn’t as good as the Kylie Lip Kit, if you apply a second layer you get slight streaks on your lips. But what I love about these is that they’re the perfect affordable everyday lippy. They do have a soft creamy texture which feels lightweight on the lips and doesn’t dry your lips out at all.

(Left ATHENS right STOCKHOLM) 

Since writing this I’ve purchased more, London and Abu Dhabi (both nudes) and Copenhagen (deep burgundy colour). London is my absolute favourite and I think it might be my perfect go to nude! Copenhagen is nice but it really doesn’t suit my skin tone, it would look beaut on a darker skin tone.

These are cheap and cheerful and an absolute bargain! Perfect to keep in your handbag of desk at work for a pop of colour on your lips.

#SKINCARE101 – MY NEW ROUTINE

If you read my post about my new skincare products from Lush, you’ll see what I tried ‘n’ tested. But about a month or so later my skin was just as spotty as what it was when I bought the products Although, I do love the Tea Tree Water, I do rate that. Just read that post and you’ll understand what I’m banging on about. So basically, nothing from lush really worked on my skin so I went on another search for perf skin… and here’s what I found.

Night Time Routine:

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Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is holy grail best make up remover on the market RN. Removing make up is SO important. I NEVER use make up wipes, they’re an absolute no go for my skin. Some people can get away with them but they’re so bad for you, they just drag the make up around your face. I used The Ultimelt by Soap & Glory for about 3 years as a cheaper Liz Earle dupe but I had to use it twice to remove all of the make up from my face, probably didn’t help that I was wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid all day either. I ran out of S&G and for some reason just didn’t bother repurchasing it as I think I was just bored of it. I used a Garnier cleanser for a while which was actually really good and moisturising but I just ended up going through cotton wool pads like there’s no tomorrow. My student loan had came in and I just thought, f*ck it I’m pushing the boat out and getting Liz Earle. For some reason I thought it was really expensive, but at £14 it was only £4 more than S&G and I ordered from Feel Unique so I had 20% student discount off it! It costs slightly more if you buy it with the muslin cloths, but I had loads from the S&G days so purchased without.

It removes my make up in one go and leaves my skin looking calm and refreshed, no mascara panda eyes or red irritated patches on my skin. Just make sure you thoroughly rinse the muslin cloth so you’re not trapping any dirt.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

La Roche had been recommended to me by a few people and I’d noticed that in Boots they had a set targeted towards acne prone skin. I was just a bit reluctant to try it as me and face wash don’t get on and I was sceptical if the toner would be too harsh on my face. But I thought it would be better than going to the doctors and prescribing to acne medication, and for £33 plus 20% student discount I thought I would give it a go, and I’m SO glad I did. I  only use this as part of my night time skincare routine. I didn’t want to over clean my face and I wasn’t sure how the products would sit under my make up. I take my make up off with the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, swipe over my face with Garnier Micellar Water and then shower. NEVER wash your face in the shower! In London especially. The power of the water is too hard on your face causing redness, and think about the temperature of your shower compared to washing your face.

Firstly I wash my face with the face wash, this was what I was sceptical about incase it ripped my face of natural oils causing spots and redness as my face is quite sensitive. It gently foams on your face and you can see the cleanliness straight away, it leaves your skin so soft, there’s no need to scrub with this product. I haven’t experienced any extra spots whatsoever from this, really rate it. I then follow with the toner which just helps remove any excess dirt off my face and tighten pores, you can kind of feel it tighten your skin after. Finally, I moisturise with the Effaclar Duo+. Just apply a thin layer on the face, you really don’t need a lot of this product. My skin feels baby bum smooth afterwards.

I’ve been using this for just over a week now and I just can’t express enough how much this works. I’m surprised that after a week I can see so much difference. My acne has visibly reduced and my skin is more even and smooth. I’m going to do a before and after review when I’ve been using this everyday for a month so you can see the difference.

Morning Routine:

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Garnier Moisture Match – Ultra Hydrating

My friend used one of these when on holiday and really rated them, so I added the hydrating one to my basket on Feel Unique as it was only £2.49. When I opened it to test it on my hand, it had the same smoothing texture as my Sephora primer so I thought this would be perfect to use as my morning moisturiser under my make up. I usually use MAC Comfort Cream but was getting bored of it and it was so expensive for a moisturiser.

So in the morning I shower, then swipe a cotton wool pad of Garnier Micellar Water on my face, then again with Lush Tea Tree Water and then gently apply this moisturiser on my face and neck. I always wait a minimum of 5 minutes for my skin to absorb the moisturiser before I apply make up, so I go off and make breakfast or dry my hair in this time. If I apply make up straight away, I find that my foundation doesn’t sit right.

When I sat down to do my make up, I noticed that the moisturiser had given my face a blurring effect just like my primer usually does. So I thought I’d give my primer a miss and try this out. OMG, 10.30pm when I’d finished work, my make up was still in place. I got home and checked out the ingredients and realised that glycerin was the second ingredient. If you don’t know what glycerin (aka, glycerine or glycerol) is, It’s basically what sticks product to your face. Although, when I put it like that it sounds kinda grim. But anyway, even as a moisturiser this product is great. I don’t get any dry patches when wearing foundation and my skin looks glowy and moisturised. However, if you have oily skin I would avoid.

#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.

#TRIED’N’TESTED – MARC JACOBS THE FACE 3

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100% I am not the kind of gal who spends £37 on a make up brush, no way, but I did. When I was in Sephora this caught my eye and it felt amazing, it’s so thick and dense I thought it would be perfect for buffing and blending foundation. It’s also quite a big brush so I assumed the coverage would be on point.

Tbh I didn’t think a make up brush could bring so much disappointment. I use a very lightweight foundation and build it up to create coverage, I felt like this brush took away about 60% of my product and I was having to do 6 layers of foundation. It also made my foundation appear matte, it took away that glow and made my skin appear dull. However, I did use it with my Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation which is slightly thicker than my Sephora one, and I found that it did work slightly better with a thicker texture.

I’ve used the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush for nearly 2 years now. I bought it for about £16 on Amazon and I’ve never looked back. It builds up product so well on the face for any type of textured foundation. As soon as I used the Marc Jacobs brush I felt myself reaching for my Sigma brush instead. Honestly guys, I fully rate the Sigma one. Major regrets going on between me and my bank balance RN.

 

#TRIED’N’TESTED – FAKE TAN

Being from the North, fake tan is very much in my blood. I’ve rounded up my most rated fake tans for every type of tanner…

Always shave and exfoliate the day before you plan on tanning. I use Lush Ocean Salt to exfoliate my skin and Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff scrub on tough areas such as knees and elbows etc. Tough Stuff leaves your skin feeling silky and not like you’ve just erased off a layer, fully rate it. If you have sensitive skin, avoid a salt based scrub and use a sugar based one. Follow up by moisturising the skin, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter as that’s just my preferred moisturiser. Make sure your skin is free of moisturisers when you go to start tanning as this will encourage streaks, hence why this should be done the night before.

I use latex gloves to apply my fake tan, none of my friends seem to agree with this but I think it’s great. Personally I find that a tanning mit absorbs too much product and leaks through my hands. However Marissa Carter founder of Cocoa Brown has brought out a double sided mit, our prayers have been answered.

Best Instant Tan: Rimmel Sun Shimmer

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I’ve used this for years, it’s so perfect for last minute needs for tanning. Rimmel listened to peoples wants and needs and improved the formula to make it water resistant, so you’re safe if you knock a drink on yourself on a night out or get caught in the rain! It comes in matte or a shimmer, in shades light – medium – dark. Available at Boots.

 

 

Best Gradual Tan: St Tropez In Shower Lotion

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This is a fairly new tan which launched last summer, with such a unique concept I couldn’t not give it a try. Concept being you shower and wash your hair etc and then (with the shower off) apply this all over the body and wait for 3 minutes before showering it off. Standing in your shower naked in a lotion is a bit weird at first, I recommend using this time to do a hair mask, brush your teeth or do squats (legit yes I did this). This tan has a built in moisturiser so no need to moisturise after your shower. After your first application you wont notice much of a difference but if you use this every day, after about 3-4 days you’ll see you’re developing a gorgeous natural looking tan. It’s great for fair skin tones who don’t usually wear much fake tan. Also perfect for beginners as it is absolutely streak free. Available at Boots.

 

Best Natural Looking Tan: Bondi Sands Foam

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Recommended to me by my Australian bestie, this tan is quite new to the UK. It smells absolutely divine, I felt like a walking pina colada. I applied 2 coats in the shade Dark before I went to bed as I wanted a deep tan. I woke up still smelling of pina coladas but with a very dark tan, I showered off the excess and it really evened out the tan looking like I’d been on holiday overnight. I used this when I got back from holiday and received so many comments on how great my tan was… little did they know it was fake AF. The downside of this tan is that it takes ages to dry and feels sticky if you go to bed with it not fully dried. Weirdly it also stains your bedsheets pink? no idea where the pink comes from. However it does come off easy in the wash! Available at Boots.

 

 

Best Overall Tan: Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan

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No matter how many new tans I try, I always end up going back to this one. It’s easy to apply, not streaky, no biscuit smell, doesn’t stain bedsheets and dries super quick. It lasts for about a week and doesn’t do that patchy thing on your skin that other tans do when they flake off and leave your skin looking like you’ve got a liver infection, if you know you know. I fully rate this. Available at Feel Unique.