What’s in my everyday make up bag? 

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When you are fortunate enough to review a myriad of products from various brands – inevitably you end up with favourites. It says a lot about those products that you actually continue to use and would agree to buy again. 

Here are my current favourite products that I use daily (and yes that is a My Little Pony make up bag, isn’t it super cute?): 

1. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, £36 

This bronzing make up base is a godsend. Despite the hefty price tag, the quality is well worth the investment. I use it everyday before applying foundation, it provides a natural looking tan and a smooth base. 

2. NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in CW04, £6 

Great great value for money. This concealer even manages to hide my dark circles, which is the equivalent to an actual panda. Hugh coverage without being too heavy on the skin, has longevity also – after wearing it all day it doesn’t crack under your eyes. 

3. No7 Lash Impact Ultra Mascara, £13.50 

I am such a fusspot when it comes to mascara, I like them to be thick but not clumpy. And extra voluminous. This No7 mascara is an absolute beaut, in its glittery casing it looks the part – and performs just as well. After applying just two coats I have thick long natural looking lashes! 

4. No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush, £10 

I usually use powder blushers, so it’s a wonder I’ve been converted to cream blush. In actual fact it’s much easier to use, just smooth it on and blend it in to your own preference. Previously I was using a powder blush by Charlotte Tilbury which although I was happy using the product, it was so difficult to get it right. The blush was so highly pigmented that one swish too many and you ended up looking like Pennywise from IT. Not a look I would strongly recommend. 

5. No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio, £10 

This is possibly the cutest and most useful mini Eyeshadow palette I’ve ever owned. The colours are neutral yet striking, pigmented enough for a day look. However if you want to transition to a night time, more dramatic look you can layer up the darker brown colour. Love this palette. 

6. The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer, £3.90

An absolute steal for £3.90. I’ve mentioned this primer before, but it’s one I’ve been using religiously the last two months. And when it runs out I will be purchasing again. It provides a smooth base for make up, it isn’t greasy and it isn’t overly Matte either. The result is natural, fresh looking make up. 

7. High Definition Beauty Brow Highlighter, £16.50

The best brow neatener I’ve ever used. I will legit cry when this finishes. Makes my brows pop without any effort whatsoever. I outline my brows with this, smudge it with a brush and they look amazing. Real HD effect with little effort. 

8. L’Oréal Brow Artist Sculpt in 01 Blonde, £5.99 

Slightly difficult to get on with at first but I have grown to love this product. The blonde colour is perfect for my eyebrows, and the brush has a clever double side. One part you can use to add colour and definition, the other is an eyebrow brush which you can use to neaten the hairs. AND it lasts forever! 

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Nyx: brand mini-haul 

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I’ve heard amazing fantastic great things about this brand so I was sooooooooooooo excited to see if it was worth all the hype. 

Just about anything can be used as a justification for a make up haul. Had a long stressful week at work? Buy make up. Feeling down? Buy make up. Need the toilet? Buy make up. Pretty much anything…

In my local Boots store (aka my second home – it’s got to the point where staff are almost on first name terms with me) they have recently got a double stand full of mesmerising Nyx make up; as soon as I laid eyes on all the pretty products it was the perfect justification for this haul. 

The foundation, contour stick & hd finishing powder are out of this world. I was so impressed with the impeccable quality of the powder (gives a flawless finish, reduces pores and adds radiance to skin without being cakey). The contour stick is so conveniently small that you can bring it around everywhere with you, and comes in several shades. It is so easy to use, even for complete contour virgins. The packet also has simple instructions for best use. 

The lipglosses are fairly priced, they also smell and taste gorgeous (don’t judge me the wind blew my hair into my gloss and somehow I got a sneaky taste). 

Their angled brushes and eyebrow dip (not pictured) are ESSENTIAL for perfect brows (more to come on achieving perfect brows soon).

Their products seem to offer more than the bog standard drug store brand. 

Their brand tag line is : ‘professional make up’ and initially I thought this was a far fetched description. But, honestly Nyx make up (everything I’ve tried so far) is hard to match. The prices are competitive and the quality is, indeed, professional. It doesn’t feel like high street make up. It feels like what a professional make up artist would use, and having access to that is a real luxury. 
Final score: 9/10 

SuperDrug: the £10 challenge

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As we all know nowadays £10 is nothing. I mean, I remember the days I would casually saunter round my local convenience store and buy two Freddos, a Panda Pops (usually in ice cream and jelly flavour), a bag of mixed penny sweets – and still have change from £1. Oh how times have changed radically.

This weekend in SuperDrug I decided to see what I could buy with just a tenner. Surprisingly if you shop smart you can get a lot for little money. And there’s no need to skim on quality either.

Focusing on two brands both homegrown at SuperDrug, MUA and Make-up Revolution. MUA I have briefly mentioned before, as I have reviewed their amazing products. Make-up revolution, I am a complete rookie. Judging by their impeccably aesthetic stall – I was already sold on first impressions.

What did I buy?

1). The must-have eyeshadow palette

Make-up revolution eyeshadow palette in Redemption, Iconic 1, £4

Wow. For only £4 this palette is an absolute bargain. It comes with 12 shades (you can pick matte or shimmery palettes, in various shades), and the eye shadows are very pigmented. This is serious, serious competition for the high-brow cosmetic brands. I mean, I never want to pay more than £4 for a palette now I am aware I can purchase one this great for such little money. A real game changer.

2). The iconic eyebrow pencil 

MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde, £1

Believe me when I say I have searched high and low for a perfect eyebrow pencil. As much as I love my Chanel eyebrow pencil, for just £1 this has got to be worth a try. It’s extra long (excuse the pun) so should theoretically last longer through sharpening. It comes in various shades – it isn’t as pigmented as the more expensive brand eyebrow pencils. But, it’s decent and a lot better than other high street ones which are almost 9 times the price of this (a prime example is the Maybeilline one – DON’T EVER BUY THIS, EVER EVEN IN DESPERATION. It is like using my three year old nieces crayola crayons on my brows. Just no).

3). The highest highlighter

Make-up revolution Vivid baked highlighter in Peach lights, £3

This is perfect for me as I usually mix my highlighter with a pink blush, now I have a product which is 2 in 1. I also prefer powder highlighters – they are the easiest to apply in my opinion. This product is also highly pigmented – and comes in three shades. I’m sorry but if you don’t already have this in your life what the hell are you doing with your life???

4). The penultimate pink/nude lipstick

MUA lipstick in Tulip, £1

Just in time for spring, this pretty pink ticks all the boxes. This amazing £1 lipstick comes in a variety of appealing shades. It stays on throughout the day, and again, there is no lack of pigmentation.

 

Go on, treat yourself. After all – all that make-up and I only spent a tenner!

 

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Spring has sprung: the 4 best lipstick shades for the season

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with nosA time typically known for new beginnings, a fresh horizon, awakening, blossoming…

Whatever you believe, there is no better time to brighten your make-up then when spring arrives. We look forward to longer, brighter days and we are one step closer to Summer! (which in England means perhaps two sunny days out of the whole year? or warm rain? – usually the latter is more consistent).

Here are my four favourite spring lipstick shades; as you can see I have opted for nudes (I don’t mean the type which Kim K constantly uploads either) which I think are appropriate. They give a fresh, warm and ,somewhat, natural look. The bright pink tones featured compare to a flower- both eye-catching and bold.

1). Gosh velvet touch matt in 003 antique, £6.99

This is perfect for those of you who enjoy a natural lip, but want to try something a little more bold. Quite a dark brown nude shade, it is a perfect dupe for Kylie Jenner’s lip kits and Mac Whirl/Dervish. Great value lipstick from a reputable high street brand.

2). Chanel rouge allure luminous matte lip colour in 50 la romanesque, £26

A dark fuchsia which really makes a statement, a great alternative to a classic red matte lip. Bang on trend as pinks and peaches were spotted on the runway this season at brands such as Rodarte and Dior. Channel your inner Bridget Bardot with timeless Chanel.

3). Mac cremesheen lip colour in peach blossom, £15.50

I know your thinking this is a more expensive version of the Gosh lipstick. But it really isn’t, as any make-up junkie knows very well, you can never have too many lipsticks of the same shade (and no they aren’t actually the same, they vary slightly – it takes a trained eye to spot this/an OCD make-up freak). But the texture on this Mac lipstick is dewy and shiny, as opposed to giving a matte finish. The colour is also lighter and sheer – the perfect natural lip.

4). Mac lustre lip colour in lustering, £15.50

50 shades of pink right? You got it. This fuchsia is a coral variation, with a matte finish. Not one for the faint-hearted, gives a rich girly pink colour guaranteed to make the boys wink.