#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!

 

#GETTHELOOK – CHILL BEAT

One of my fave YouTuber’s, Holly Boon, invented this whole ‘Chill Beat’ situation. Essentially its just when your face is glam AF (beat) and your outfit is chill, i.e. a tracksuit.

I sat down to do my makeup yesterday and just felt like using products which I hadn’t used in a while, or never before, and actually fell back in love with some products!

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Face:

Too Faced Hangover X Primer, Too Faced Born This Way foundation in natural beige, Maybeline Fit Me concealer shade 10, Laura Mercier translucent powder for under the eye, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in medium for the face, Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour, Bobbi Brown blush in Coral Sugar, Makeup Revolution pink highlight from the Highlight Palette.

Eyes: 

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette, shades ‘flamingo and ‘pink’ on the eye. Shade ‘smarty pants’ from Tarte In Bloom palette used as transition shade, shade ‘leader’ used in the outer corner to darken, finally shade ‘funny girl’ in the inner corner. Maybeline Brow Drama for the brows.

Lips:

NYX lipliner in shade ‘London‘ and KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Kimberley liquid lipstick.

Tracksuit is Pretty Little Thing.

So my overall verdict and some standouts are, Too Faced foundation has always been a fave of mine, the coverage is so buildable and never looked cakey on the face, it really gives off such a airbrushed finish. The Boujous bronzer I hadn’t used in about a year! Very warm toned and similar to MAC Give Me Sun, plus is smells of chocolate. The Huda Beauty palette I’m still very ‘hmmmm’ about, you can read my review here, however I must admit that the pink shades are crazy pigmented! The NYX lipliner and Kylie Cosmetics combo is my favourite nude lip situation at the minute, full KKW X Kylie Cosmetics review to come soon! The Makeup Revolution highlight is POPPIN, I can’t even remember how much this palette was but I’m pretty sure it was under £10 from Superdrug, it’s so smooth and glowy I’m VERY impressed.

P.s. #NoFilter xo

 

 

 

 

 

#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.

#GETTHELOOK – NO FILTER


I’d been going off 3-4 hours sleep for about 10 days because of my second year hand in at uni. I managed to spill a Starbucks over my MacBook and loose every piece of work 2 weeks before hand in. My amazing dad sent me his laptop to use to get shit done and the night before hand in that also decided to cave in. Majorly like WTF how I managed to break 2 MacBooks in a month I don’t know. But learning from my mistakes the first time, I’d saved all my work on a USB so I didn’t loose a thing! Lesson learnt, ALWAYS back up your work. It may seem like effort but it’s so worth doing.

Anyway so I’d had 3 hours sleep and had to hand in my work at uni first thing in the morning and then go off to work til 10.30pm yay me. I was EXHAUSTED. My bags under my eyes were on a whole new level I was literally living off coffee. Tbh can’t complain cause anyone who goes to uni will understand.

ANYWAY- FACE DEETS

EYES: theBalm Voyage palette, I used the soft browns in this pallete and stared lightly and blended them up. I then used the copper shade from the Sleek idivine palette on my lid. Finished with Maybelline mascara and Topshop gel eyeliner.

BROWS: OBVI my fave Topshop brow gel in Form and Cresent Moon highlighter under the brow.

FACE: Too Faced Born This Way foundation. TO COVER UP THE DARK CIRCLES UNDER MY EYE I used LA Girl Pro concealer in the red shade. Now you literally need the tiniest amount to do this. Just pop it under your eye and blend out with your finger. I then used LA Girl Pro Concealer in my normal shade over the top to eliminate the redness. Make Up Forever HD transulecent powder on face and under eyes. Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk, NYX contour palette, Zoeva blush, Topshop Cresent Moon Highlighter mixed with theBalm Mary Loumanizer.

LIPS: Topshop lip contour in outline and NYX soft matte in London.

Then all set with LA Girl Pro matte finish setting spray!

#TRIED’N’TESTED – KYLIE COSMETICS LIP GLOSSES 

Kylie Jenner has our money, and she’s laughing her way to the bank.

Skip this if you’re a die hard Kylie Jenner fan or don’t care about the background story to these glosses.

SO, I actually ordered these way back in April when they were first released, I ordered 1x Literally and 2x So Cute. I only meant to get 1 So Cute but I accidentally managed to add another into my basket somehow. I don’t actually know where to start with this because everything seemed to go wrong. 2-ish weeks passed and my Lip Kit which I ordered after this, arrived before my glosses. I got a notification from Royal Mail saying that I had to pay customs on my order, can I just note that on the delivery tracker that Kylie Cosmetics give you, they mark your order as delivered when it’s not, so I had no idea where my order was for 2-3 days until I got a card through my letterbox from Royal Mail. You can’t get in contact with USPS (the shipping service) because it’s American and you need to fill out details before sending an email, tragic. After an hour of frantic googling, I learnt that orders got delivered by Royal Mail or Parcel Force when they enter the UK. So anyway, my customs charge was about £14, which I thought fair enough I’m ordering from America it was bound to happen.

My order arrived in the usual box, but only one lipgloss was there. I had a receipt enclosed for all 3 lip glosses and the sticker on the box stated that 3 items were inside. I’ve never been so frustrated that I’d paid for 3 lip glosses and £14 customs for one lip gloss. By the time this happened, Jeffree Star had Snapchatted his faulty lip glosses which he received from Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie had responded saying that she had addressed the problem of the faulty wands and her new batch will be improved, and everyone who ordered the first time round will get sent replacements. Read more here. So I thought ‘OK maybe the other 2 were faulty and they’re coming later’. OH HELL NO. I opened up Literally, and the wand was fucked, it looked like a mini toilet scrubber it was awful. There was no way I could apply lipgloss with  it.

I emailed Kylie Cosmetics customer services to complain about my missing 2 lip glosses and the faulty brush. 2 days later I received an email asking for order number and details (even though I included this in my original email), just to then receive and automated response about the faulty brushes being replaced later that week. I don’t know if it’s because in England we’re overly polite and customer service is so important or because you’re and A-List celeb and you can get away with shit customer service. It was SO frustrating and they just kept ignoring the fact that they didn’t send my full order, eventually all I received was ‘your new order is on it’s way’. No apology, nothing. At least they could of marked my order as a ‘gift’ so that I would’t have to pay custom charges, but oh no I had to pay another £14, so nearly £30 was spent on customs for 3 lip glosses.

So today, over 2 months since I ordered my lip glosses I finally have them. They didn’t even arrive in the usual box, they were just wrapped in black bubble wrap. I opened up the bubble wrap and inside was the 3 glosses, shoved into their packaging looking as if someone had already opened them before me.

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(Left – First batch, Right – Second batch)

Okay so now about the actual glosses

The brush had 100% been improved since, thank god.

So Cute is much lighter than I thought, the formula is incredibly thick and it does go on patchy so I’d recommend wearing a lip stick under neath and outlining your lips with a slightly darker lip liner.

Literally is actually a really nice colour even worn alone. The pigment is stronger than So Cute and it’s also incredibly thick.

Overall, focusing on the product and not the brand, these glosses aren’t any different from elsewhere. They’re only ‘special’ because they have the Kylie name to them. You’re honestly just better sticking to MAC or even NYX. With approx £30 paid in customs for 3 lip glosses it makes each gloss worth £20. For a gloss? It’s a no from me, sorry Kylie. Stick to your lip kits and please improve your customer service.

 

 

 

#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!

#GETTHELOOK – WERK 2 BRUNCH


Having worked in retail for nearly 4 years now, getting called into a last min shift is nothing new. I don’t mind though, help the team out n all that. This Sunday I was called in for a 7am start (fresh) and I had plans for brunch after. I needed a glam look which wouldn’t take long in the morning but actually looked like I’d made effort. Whenever I’m tired, I avoid heavy eye make up and it just emphasises and draws attention to my sleepy eyes. Plus, I always go by either doing bold eyes or a bold lip, don’t do both.

Face: I mixed MAC Strobe Cream with my Sephora foundation to give my face a glow to eliminate fatigue. Then went in with Topshop Bronzer, NYX Contour Palette and Becca Highlighter.

Eyes: I used a fluffy blending brush to dust shades from the NYX Contour Palette over my eye to lightly contour the eye. Touched up with Maybelline Mascara and Brow Gel on the brows.

Lips: Dark lipsticks suit me much more now that I’ve died my hair back brown. I used a Topshop Lip Liner and Matte Lip Bullet. A great dupe of Diva from MAC.

Hair: I curled my hair the night before with a wand and then when I woke up the next day the curls had dropped out into a beachy look, I restyled it slightly in the morning with sea salt spray.

Outfit: I literally just went for my black Jamie jeans, Topshop Boutique grey vest and a leather jacket. Finished the look with my Saint Laurent scarf, you can get a Topshop dupe here.

For brunch I went to Bills on Wellington Street. V nice but Breakfast Club will always be my fave.

#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.