The best beauty products for our recent heatwave 

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I don’t know about you guys but this heat is too much for me. I feel like I am slowly melting, my inner core is melting. Everything is melting. But one thing that doesn’t need to have a meltdown is your beauty routine.

Just recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of skincare products for ReallyRee, and coincidentally many of them have been natural products. I am fast becoming an advocate for nature. So the latest is Urban Veda and I just thought this purifying skin wash and polish will be perfect in this weather. The tee tree and mint makes them ultra refreshing, and they decongest the skin.

I also love the Hawaiian tropic dry oil, it really makes me feel like it helps accelerate the tanning process (although the spf deffo isn’t high enough for this weather, I tend to layer this with sun cream). It’s so important to remember to wear protection – just because we’re in England doesn’t mean we won’t burn. This oil is relative cheap and moisturising, plus it smells like coconut & guava!

Carmex has always been one of my faves when it comes to lipcare, I suffer from chapped lips and the hot weather can make this worse. Their lip balms are so affordable and seem to last forever. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a carmex pot?

Make sure if you wear any make up or lip balms that they also contain spf. Burned swollen lips will not be attractive.**(Not a cheap alternative to lip fillers)**

Happy tanning guys!

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] 

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 

The miracle product you never knew you needed until now

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As shown, the prep spray provides the quintessential base for flawless make-up

 

A vitamin prep spray!?!? Like, what even is that?

We’ve all heard of Urban Decay’s legendary make-up setting spray; the setting spray of all facial sprays. Supposedly lasts through 12 hour sessions of sex, probably last even through WW3. Hey – no matter what is going on externally, our faces must always be flawless right. *Regina George moment right thurrrrrr*

Honestly speaking, since I have had this vitamin prep spray from UD – it has changed not only my make-up regime – but my life. You apply it before your daily moisturiser, and it’s like a breathe of fresh air onto your mush. It closes pores, reduces redness and imperfections; but also, it feels so bloody refreshing. Imagine the rejuvenating feeling of splashing ice cold Evian on your face first thing in the morning, BUT with added vitamins to enhance your skin, and perfectly prep it for your make-up. Flawless!

Everyone needs it. Now, what are you waiting for?

 

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!

 

P.S Once I reach 100 followers I will be doing a fantastic giveaway, winner chosen at random. For the meantime you can follow my Facebook page – blondeghetto. Or my Instagram – versaceblonde xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

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.

 

Winter survival kit pt.2: back to basics

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IMG_5342I’m aware I already wrote up a winter survival kit, but now actually living through the dreaded season – I have some new additional items to help you survive the harsh elements.

The last few weeks have been crazy hectic, I am in my final year of uni (BA Journalism), plus working around 40 hours a week. So, consequently my beauty routine has to be versatile, fast and durable.

1). L’oreal triple action moisturiser £4.33

You can never get too much of a good ole’ moisturiser – especially during the winter months. I’ve recently started a new medication for acne which is especially drying to the skin, so this has helped me bundles. (Even before I started this meds I would cake on moisturiser, don’t wannabe a dry bitch). Honestly, for the little money it is, this cream is impressive. Presented in a glass pot, within a pretty box – you would think it is alot more expensive than it is. It doesn’t skimp on performance quality either. I use every morning and evening – it leaves skin soft and dewy, without being excessively greasy.

2). Vaseline sugar-coated limited edition £2.99

Cold weather makes me go through Vaseline like water. And what better excuse to purchase this tin, it’s pink and smells gorgeous. The great thing about Vaseline is that it’s so very versatile – handy in your make up bag; it can tame stray eyebrows, moisten lips & cheeks, create a glow on the cheeks, even helps eyelashes grow. Invest in your lips this winter!

3). L’oreal revitalift magic blur finishing cream £8.66

Another great value, low budget product. If, like me, you’ve searched low and high for a decent primer which doesn’t cost £789, I think I’ve finally cracked it. This primer smooths out any visible creases, and gives a lovely matte finish underneath your daily make-up.

4). The vintage cosmetic company tweezers £8.00

I’ve decided to embrace my caveman eyebrows, as I’ve had no time recently to go and get them threaded. So these slanted tweezers which I got from a glossy-box have been an absolute godsend (will discuss beauty subscription boxes and whether they are worth it, at a later date). Well worth investing in some decent slanted (better to pick up the hair) tweezers, for those messy in -between- salon visit periods.

5). Elizabeth Arden 3-in-1 cleanser exfoliator primer £7.90

For some unknown reason it’s also increasingly difficult to find a good face wash. It sounds like something so basic, but it can make all the difference to your skins health and appearance. This 3-in-1 cleanser is perfect. No need to cleanse, tone and prime – you got it all in one product. It’s not harsh like other facial washes, it leaves skin rejuvenated and fresh-feeling.

Now, after all this reading why don’t you treat yourself to some staple winter basics?