#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 – MAY

I love it when it’s a new month purely because it means I get to do a favourites post!

TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION 

This foundation, oh my days. I think it’s the best I’ve ever used. On payday I was torn between this and Georgio Armani silk foundation but went for this as it was cheaper. When I tested it I was sceptical because it had the same texture as MAC Studio Fix, and that foundation scares me after having used it for so many years. It kind of baffles me because I only need 1 pump to cover my whole face, and then about half a pump extra for a fuller coverage, but it doesn’t feel thick at all. It really does make your skin look naturally flawless and I’ve got acne so it’s quite hard for my skin to look flawless. Majorly rate this guys!

TOPSHOP GLOW POT IN POLISHED

It’s back in stock and better than ever. I LOVE the Topshop glow pot, it’s the best cream highlight I’ve used. So over my foundation I dap a small amount with my fingers across the top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cuspids bow. I start of with a small amount and use my fingers to blend it out and then build it up. I find that it works best with fingers I don’t know why, I’ve used brushes and sponges but it maintains a beaut glow when blended with fingers. I then use a powdered highlight on the top cause I LOVE highlight.

SPECTRUM BRUSHES

After receiving the amazing beauty blender style sponge in my Birchbox last month, I decided to purchase some Spectrum brushes. I didn’t realise that they’re pink and so pretty!! The fact they’re pink made me want to buy more tbh, but I just settled for a fan brush and a shader brush because I actually needed one. They’re so fab! The fan brush makes highlight go on so well I love it and the shader brush I use for shadow under my eyes when doing a smokey eye and it blends the product out so well. I’m 100% going to purchase more of these, they’re so affordable too!

#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?