Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

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Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

Two major reasons why you need a lip mask for your pampering Sunday 

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Sunday is supposedly the day of rest, the day we get to do all those things that we neglect the rest of the busy working week. Quite often we can use Sundays to pamper ourselves. Have a lovely relaxing bath with candles, face mask on. Lip mask on? What? I hear you call, lip mask?? 

Yes. It’s a moisturising mask which you leave on your lips for up to 15 minutes, using powerful natural ingredients it rehydrates lips and leaves them looking plumper and younger. I tested out Sephoras rose water one. Of course, we don’t have Sephora in the U.K. So it’s Amazon to the rescue. 

Here’s why you need one;

1. Alternative treatment 

Although the lip masks have received mixed reviews by beauty bloggers alike, I really believe they are a staple item in our beauty routines. Why neglect our lips? Especially in the winter months where the weather can really take its toll. Plumper, younger looking lips can really enhance our overall aesthetic. After all, why is everyone obsessed with lip fillers? Exactly. If you can get similar results from natural products, it’s a win win sitch. 

2. Replenishment 

It’s a perfect excuse to have a pampering session. And what better way to feel disgustingly narcissistic than to sit back with a clear sheet over your lips, like the queen of beauty treatments. Glass of wine in hand. 

The mask contains natural ingredients guaranteed to moisturise lips, and after the 15 minute wait you moisturise excess product in. It leaves your lips feeling brand new. 

It’s important to remove dead skin cells and rehydrate your lips at least once a week, and the mask can really become part of your regime. Plus it smells divine. I’m not quite sure how I resisted the urge to not to eat it (I hadn’t eaten all day don’t judge me). 

Have a wonderful pampering Sunday everyone! 

The £3.99 product you need before Christmas 

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For months I have searched high and low for the ultimate concealer. For without concealer I am merely an ugly panda with black rimmed eyes, ready to pounce. Such has been a very difficult task; I’ve ended up with watery concoctions along the way, highlighters with zero coverage, followed by various days where I look like a complete make up rookie with so much cake under my eyes even a bakery would be envious. 

But finally the time has come where I have found the ultimate in concealing genius. This concealer gives even coverage, coverage which lasts allllllll day (and when I say all day I mean right through my 11 hour shift and beyond), a realistic colour & it’s cheap af. Who can argue with that?? 

I had been recommended collections concealer (available in Superdrug) by a good friend a while back. But in all honesty, I never believed that a £3.99 concealer would change my life the way it has. 

If you get one thing for yourself this Christmas. Make sure it is this concealer, it will take you through Christmas parties, dates, New Years clubbing. This baby is ready to take on anything life throws at it. Happy concealing girls! 
P.s mine is shake 2, cool medium and is perfect for hiding dark circles and imperfections

Simply the best 

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Blusher is one of those items which you use daily. But when it starts to break up and crumble into the distance and you are forced to buy another. It’s almost like a chore? No-one enjoys buying blusher. It’s like, will they still sell this shade? Do I have to spend £15 on blusher? Can’t I just use a pink eyeshadow instead? 

But blusher actually completes your look, and if applied correctly can also be used for contouring. So take blusher for granted no more people. 

On one of my silly splurges (they seem to happen only too often), I purchased Charlotte Tilburys cheek to chic blusher in ‘love is the drug’. Now, at £30 a pop you may have thought I’ve lost my marbles. But, it’s soooooo pretty – the packaging alone convinced me to buy it. 

Here are three simple reasons why you need this blusher in your life right now: 

1. Longevity 

At first I hated the hell out of this product, and I really thought I had wasted my money. I was even tempted to write the most rubbish, sarcastic review of it. But I soon realised, you have to know how to apply it. It’s very very VERY concentrated and pigmented, and this means if you get a little brush happy with your blusher brush. You will look like a clown. (Maybe not as bad as the ones that have been hiding in bushes with knives, but nevertheless quite clownified). The trick is to apply sparingly and dust excess blusher off of the brush before applying to your cheeks. The upside of this is that it lasts months upon months. I have had mine 4 months already, and it’s still like new. Brilliant! 

2. Don’t judge a book by its cover 

Well I definetly judged this blusher by its cover, and boyyyy was I right to do so. It looks so stunning, it comes with a lovely compact mirror – great for touch ups. A real compliment to your dressing table. I feel like a real life princess using this blusher 💅🏻 

3. Multi purpose 

Believe it or not this blusher is multi purpose. Firstly, it has two shades of blusher – which can be used for contouring. Secondly it is so pigmented that it can also be used as an eyeshadow (both shades). You can even add it to Vaseline on your lips for a rosy glow. The compact mirror is also (as mentioned above) handy to keep in your bag for hourly touch ups (maybe not hourly I’m not that vain am I??) 

So, considering it’s nearly… erm well hump day. Why not treat yourself? 

Glow-getter 

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After last nights excessive Halloween make up you caked onto your face, what could be more refreshing than the perfect glow tonic? 

Pixis’ glow tonic with active ginseng and fructose ingredients has always received glowing (excuse the pun) reviews; by beauty bloggers and celebrities alike. 

Verdict? 

I have sensitive, acne prone rubbish skin. So when I find products which actually brighten my complexion, and give me the illusion of having great skin. I get hooked and I have to share. 

This glow tonic does just that. The smell is light, (some are very strong and astringent) and the effects are light too. A lot of toners and tonics can be abrasive to skin. The glow tonic is kind to skin, and works by removing dead skin cells, and has aloe-Vera for a calming after-effect. 

It leaves skin fully refreshed, it’s great for either a skin pick me up. Or to rejuvenate skin after a heavy night out. 

Glow get em girls! 

Fallin’ around: four beauty must-haves for Autumn

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The transition from Summer to Autumn can be somewhat awkward, especially in England. You can easily get caught off guard travelling without an umbrella, (rookie error), fooled by the warm-ish sun you observed throughout the day and ending the day looking like a drowned rat. Let’s face it, we never know what are we going to encounter with the weather in this country. But don’t let your make-up be as inconsistent as the weather.

autumn-cosmeticsHere are my 4 beauty essentials to help you through the colder season, amazingly all under £25:

  1. Mac matte lipstick in Russian Red, £15.50

This deep red shade is perfect for the winter months, it allows you to channel your inner Russian goddess. Frosty, matte, with plenty of colour. Best suited with natural eyebrows, lined eyes, and a natural base on your face.

2. Urban Decay make-up setting spray in Oil Control, £22

Although I must admit before fully committing myself to buying the full size version, I purchased the travel size bottle which is £9. I am far from disappointed. This spray will help your make-up fight the elements, and by the end of the day you’ll still look like the same person, instead of a melting greasy mess that resembles a kebab shop worker. Can be used everyday, and especially handy for nights out.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara, £19

I will start by shamelessly bursting everyone’s bubble, and stating that this mascara does not live up to it’s name. However, this waterproof version of the beauty industries favourite mascara is brilliant for showery, wet weather. This mascara is one that you need to build up, it’s quite thin and light – but looks great on your dressing table, and is worth buying purely to see your boyfriends reaction when he clocks the name on the mascara tube. (Would be perfect with the Russian Red lipstick, for natural lashes and a bold lip for Autumn).

4. Urban Decay moondust eyeshadow in Space Cowboy, £14

This picture does not do justice for this amazing eye-shadow. It is more pigmented than a Mac lipstick, and believe me they are like paint. The moon dust eye shadows literally look like moon dust; they are sparkly and make you feel like a princess. Gone are the days of trying to use eyelash glue to stick glitter to your eyes. No No Hun, this is pigmented as ever and so so easy to apply. Glide gently over eyes for a natural day look, or compliment with darker shades to create a beautiful smoky eye.

A new classic? Chanel No 5 L’eau: a review 

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The original Chanel No 5 has never been a favourite of mine. Infact, to put it rather bluntly – it reminds me of an old school m’am. A haggered bitter old woman, whose nose was always held up high as if where she existed there was better air to breathe.

It’s safe to say, the classic Chanel scents are not my cup of tea. I find them rather old fashioned (and not in a good way), and way too flowery. 

It’s uncanny because just last year I criticised Chanel for being complacent in product design, and suggested they reinvent some of their classic products, adding in a modern twist.  

So as soon as I saw that they had relaunched a new version of No 5; I could not wait to try it for myself. 

It is ridiculously hard to judge this perfume. The notes of the classic No 5 are so over powering as you first spray, and when the perfume dries you get a lighter fresher smell. Which, by the way, is divine. The after smell is great. 

I found myself sniffing at myself all day whilst wearing it. And this is usually a good sign. This usually means my nostrils are partial to whatever perfume I am wearing. So on that front it was a winner. 

I just can’t quite get over the initial smell, and how it repulsed me. And then shortly after I fell in love? Perhaps the strangest relationship with a perfume ever. 

I predict this perfume will be one of the new classics. It’s light, refreshing & who doesn’t love a reinvented classic? It’s what Chanel does best, after all. 

Overall rating: 

7.5/10