#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!

 

#FULLYRATE – TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

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Tonight Josephine is the newest addition to bars in Waterloo, London. Except, it can quite literally only be described as an Instagram feed IRL (in real life, duh). Let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of choosing a location purely on the Instagramable aesthetic it offers. If it’s got marble tables it’s quite clearly a flat lay winner and you’ve spent a good 2 minutes photographing your food, or you’ve 100% taken your phone to the toilet incase the lighting and decor is perf for an outfit mirror selfie. Let’s get real, we’re all out here doing it for them gram.

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Tonight Josephine popped up early last month in Waterloo. I actually walked past one day and the baby pink (now millennial pink) Kate Moss quote tactically placed outside on the pavement caught my eye, Instagram opportunity number 1. When you peep in, there’s a giant neon peace out sign, also pink. Meet Instagram opportunity number 2, this makes a great Boomerang.

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Downstairs is just pure wonderland, it’s that sassy female empowering Pinterest board come to life. Neon pink lighting strips connect the holographic tinsel walls and the completely mirrored ceiling, Instagram op number 3. It doesn’t just stop on the dance floor, the toilets are completely pink too. Complete with the iconic mugshots of our fave A list Hollywood celebs + Bieber. Girls you can take your pick of Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. Men I’m afraid it’s just Bieber for you.

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Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetNow to the actual drinks, 99% of the cocktail menu is under £12. The menu describes perfectly what eat drink tastes like, I went for the Violet Femme which is legit like drinking a Parma Violet. Happy Hour runs everyday (yes) from 5pm – 7pm. Plus sign up to the mailing list on the website for £10 off, thank me later x

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#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

 

 

 

 

 

#FULLYRATE – BONDI SANDS TAN ERASER 

When I saw this on Twitter I thought it was fake, by far too good to be true! But then that Ibiza PR trip full of top influencers flooded my Insta feed and I realised it was true.

So the product is £14.99 and available NOW in Boots and Superdrug. When I went to Superdrug it was nowhere to be seen, however in Boots all the graphics were there but nothing on the shelves, I made the poor Sales Assistant search high and low to find me a bottle. 15 minutes later he appeared from the stockroom with one… #legend big up Boots Westfield Stratford.

So how does it actually work!? You start with applying it onto dry skin, so pump a generous amount of the foam into your hands then rub into your body. You do need a fair bit for your whole body so I don’t actually know how long the bottle will last me. You have to wait a minimum of 5 minutes, I think I did mine 5-6 I wasn’t really counting I got quite bored stood in my bathroom cold and naked smothered in this foam. I played music to try and time it to a song. After a while you can smell the tan coming off like you get an old tan smell, you’ll see what I mean if you use it.

The bottle says to shower off and rub off with a warm face towel, you may need an exfoliating mit for tougher areas. One of the key things that stood out to me was that it said to use on 3 day old tan. Now, not gonna lie, my tan was like a good week old 🙈. You can see on the photos that it looks like tiger bread, so I didn’t think this would work on my gross tan. I should also note that I was wearing Loving Tan and not Bondi! So you can actually use it with other brands. Because I knew my tan was stale, if that’s what we want to call it, I used an exfoliating mit not a face towel and it literally just glided off my skin! On my ankles I had to scrub a little harder but compared to my normal routine it’s such a game changer. This would usually leave me painfully scrubbing in the shower for 20-30 minutes! I am honestly baffled it is amazing! I’ll let the before and after photo speak for itself.

I did the process twice because the tan wasn’t fully off my skin on tough patches like ankles and knees, ughhhh. The before and after photo is after one use! The second time everything came off, kinda weird because I haven’t seen my actual skin tone in a while! I think if I used it on 3 day old tan it would come off in one go. I think it just melts away your tan making it easy for you to take off your skin.

So verdict on this? INCREDIBLE. I honestly wish this was available when I was like 14, because it would of totally had my back. Not 100% about the price though, £14.99 I feel is a bit steep but it falls within the same price range as their products so makes sense and you know this shit is always on offer! The whole Bondi range is 3 for 2 in Boots at the minute also, go cray. If you’re a constant tan wearer… you NEED this in your routine TRUUUUST.

#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

 

 

 

#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.

#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

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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.

#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.