Fenty Beauty by Rihanna x Killawatt highlighter in Trophy Wife review 

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I don’t know about you but I like my highlighter to be visible from space, man I want to be more flourescent than a WH Smith highlighter in yellow. So when I saw Fenty Beauty’s luminescent highlighters I instantly fell in love. It’s perfectly justifiable to purchase – because there is nothing quite like them currently on the market. 

I wanted to be extra daring and chose the shade Trophy Wife, which is a bold gold as shown. 

My thoughts & first impressions 

Honest, photos do not even do it justice. It’s pigmented to death…it’s glittery, it’s shimmery and it’s super light on the skin. Even one swatch will leave you glittering like a unicorn – so I can only imagine the drama if you tried layering the highlighter. 

Another great element which I really love is that Rihanna has created the range without any exclusivity. All the products suit all skin tones, her range of 40 colours of foundation has received untold media attention. And rightly so, If Rihanna can launch such diversity in her first range – established brands could and should be doing even more. But they just aren’t, the lack of diversity in the beauty range has been an issue for decades. It’s great that a figure with such prominence is drawing attention to the issue, and actively launching steps towards change. 

 Even the casing screams class, I’m so impressed at the quality of the product; considering that the price is relatively cheap. The  highlighter (in all shades) is available online now for £26. 

Top tip : Apply the highlighter not only to your cheekbones, but also on the eyes too. This highlighter is more pigmented than most of my eyesjwdows, ironically. 

Get your glow on girl! 

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Urban Decay Naked Heat palette review & swatches 

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It’s THE palette that everyone has been talking about. Urban Decay are infamous for their pigmented, cult eyeshadow palettes. The naked heat palette has a lot to live up to. 

So let’s crack straight down to business and talk about whether this palette is worth the major hype surrounding it? 

 
The colours 

As you can view above in the swatches, there is a good mix of matte and shimmer shades. The colours epitomise autumnal feels, and fiery warm nights by the bonfire. There is a combination of reds, browns and Metallic golds. However, these colours stand out against other brands and palettes. If I see someone wearing this palette, I can tell straight away. I think that distinguishable pigmentation and colours will ensure that this is a cult palette. They are colours I wouldn’t necessarily chose, but they work so well together. 

This will be the ultimate palette to transition your make up looks into autumn. 

Quality 

I love the fiery design, it adds real depth and personality to the eyeshadow palette. 

The brush provided is better than the one in naked 3, the latest brush provides a soft blend. Making it easier for eyeshadow novices to create Insta-worthy looks! 

Overall 

Great colours, great design, and utterly unique in all its fabulousness. Would highly recommend, as I can guarantee you don’t own another palette like it. And that is why everyone needs this. 

Written in collaboration with Elizabeth May Wilkins 

Photo creds to: Elizabeth May Wilkins 

Is it worth investing in a liquid highlighter / Illuminator? 

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All over my Instagram and further afield, I have picked up on everybody’s Illuminator drops obsession. So I decided to see what all the hype was about. I’ve purchased Collection’s illuminating touch liquid radiance, which retails at £5.99. 

I love reviewing budget brand products, because the feeling of satisfaction when you discover a new cult product – or better still, a brill dupe, is amazing. 
The collection illuminating touch comes in a pump bottle (I was hoping to find drops but nevermind), and contains gold pearl. 

I was completely under the impression that liquid highlighters were that bit more pigmented, and that was probably the fundamental reason I purchased this. I used it as I would my normal powder highlighter, it’s easier to glide on, being fluid. It’s not as gold or as pigmented as I would have liked (I like to shine to the high heavens). But it is buildable; you got to give it a minute to dry, then you can view its luminous qualities. 

I layered it with my usual powder highlighter and it worked a treat. It’s safe to say that my everyday Primark highlighter is not going to be replaced. However, this product is great for those who want a natural dewy glow, and because it’s liquid it will last forever. 

Happy glowing! 💦

Best of budget: Aldi’s caviar cream review 

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This little baby here, costing a mere £6.99 from popular budget supermarket Aldi is a real game changer. The caviar cream has already been compared as a dupe for La Prairies skin caviar luxe cream, which is a staggering £299.95 (prices may vary slightly depending on website retailer). 

How does the Aldi version perform? 

I have been using the cream daily for around 1 month. It has improved the radiance of my skin, and the moisturisation has longevity. 

Moreover, according to scientific studies the cream decreases the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 35% and has a 24 hour moisturising effect. 

The cream has a luxuriant feel. It’s thick without being cloggy (think I just invented a word there, but it sounds great if you ask me?). It contains an spf, so you don’t need a seperately product to protect against sun damage. And the packaging also scream elegance and class. 

Let’s talk ingredients 

Surely if the La Prairie version is so much more expensive, it must contain exclusive ingredients right?! RIGHT? 

Actually, not really. Both the creams contain algae extract and caviar extract. 

The caviar extract is what gives skin an anti aging boost 

The algae extract is said to provide hydration 

The La Prairie cream does contain a few ingredients which the Aldi version does not. Gold extract, horsetail extract, and ginseng root extract. However gold extract is not scientifically proven to improve skins elasticity – so this could be just another marketing trick for the product to appeal more luxurious. And the horsetail extract is irritating to some skin types, so better left out. 

Overall the creams are completely on par which it comes to quality of ingredients. 

I have to ask myself, why is the skincare industry so behind with scientific ingredients? Why do brands like la prairie charge the earth for ingredients which can be found in a cream that costs £6.99? 

Before investing in luxury skincare, analyse the ingredients and the budget market. Because throwing away good money is pure idiocy! 

#StopTheFacade 

Why I’m embracing my pale colour and saying no to fake tan 

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Throughout high school I was that chick who looked like she had splashed her dad’s creosote on her face. Yes I was perma tanned, and for some reason (still unknown to me) I thought I looked great. But in reality I was probably a streaky orange mess. I become reliant on fake tan to feel good about myself. 

We are constantly told that a tan makes you look healthier, slimmer and more sexy. And that’s fine if you obtain a natural tan, or if you apply fake tan wanting a natural looking tan. I get it. Tans are beautiful. But we can’t all be naturally tanned. 

The fundamental with keeping up appearances is that you become addicted. Two or three years ago I probably would not have left the house without tan on. You start to believe it’s your natural colour, your brain becomes numbed to your pretense. 

About a year ago I decided I was going to embrace my natural colour. And I haven’t looked back since. I don’t mind if people tell me I’m really white, too pale or call me Casper. 

I will be conforming to others beauty ideals no longer. This is my colour. I’m going to embrace it and love it. 

Three key items for pure 70’s vibes 

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I think the pivotal moment for me to realise my innate love for 70’s styling; was watching Rihanna’s wild thoughts video. She just looks so good, retro good. And since that moment I have been trying to copy. 

I thought I’d break it down for you guys and pick out three key items you can purchase (that won’t cost the entire earth too btw), to allow you to be on trend. Trends can change from one season to the next, so conforming excessively and changing your entire wardrobe to suit is not economically feasible. 

Here’s my top picks 

1. Suede away 

Photography by Claudia Araujo Robles

Suede is a key texture in 70’s style, it epitomises the era. It is also super comfy and soft. If you don’t feel quite brave enough to venture outside in a suede top or skirt, an accesesory will be sufficient. (I was conscious of looking like an ABBA extra too). The skirt featured above is from Primark, and so isn’t available online. But I found another emerald green pretty suede skirt online for £8. Bargain

2. Bell sleeves 

Yes I was completely terrified of these sleeves at first too. They are huge. They could probably knock someone out in all fairness. But they have grown on me, grown all over me actually. I think they are so sexy now. 

The black off the shoulder top (as pictured) is from Zara, it was sadly purchased on sale. However you can find many more online of the same design. They are a key trend within the 70’s theme. Flamboyant and extravagant, they are guaranteed to make you stand out. 

Tops with these sleeves are so versatile, they can be worn with suede skirts as mentioned above. 

They can also be styled with jeans, denim skirts, high waisted shorts. For the full Austin Powers effect I would recommend wearing with flared jeans or a suede skirt 😍 

3. Elie Saabs Girl of Now perfume 

The new fragrance encapsulates vintage femininity. And from this perspective, I believe every girl needs this perfume. It’s vintage styling makes it a dressing table staple, and the fragrance makes you feel on top of the world. You are the girl of now. 

Go kill em girls! 

Mary Kay’s believe + wonder collection + gel semi-shine lipsticks review 

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On Wednesdays we wear pink 💅🏻

I’m so excited about Mary Kay’s new collection, the believe and wonder collection is based around inspiring positivity. What could be better than sweet pink products and positivity!? 

They are a new collection of bath and body items, each collection contains a shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist. I’ve got the paint the sky collection, they smell insanely sweet (which I love, all my go to fragrances are sickly sweet). There are notes of vanilla, velvet musk and pink grapefruit which provides a refreshing sweet smell perfect for summer. Because, in England we can’t guarantee the weather – but at least we can smell summery! 

Instantaneously I have been reviewing their new lipstick range, gel semi-shine lipsticks. I have been using a nude and red shade (perfect for me because I’m way too into my comfort zone to branch out to any other colours). Also perfect for me because my lips get insanely dry using matte lipsticks, it literally drives me insane on a daily basis. Most of the time my exterior looks normal, in my mind my lips feel like an actual sand pit. It’s hard being me. 

Gel has long been discovered for nails – but not so much for lips. So when I discovered these gel lipsticks I could not wait to try them out. 

Swatches of ‘Naturally Buff’ & ‘Red Smoulder’


These lipsticks are legit my new go to. Whilst they maintain colour throughout the day – they are moisturising without being overly glossy. You don’t want to look like a 90’s rendition of Lil Kim after all… 

These amazing lipsticks are available in 12 shades! Get yours now. 💋💅🏻💋💅🏻