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Review: Tarte’s ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ Palette + Swatches

5 Sep

Hi lovelies!

After picking up the Poppy Picnic palette from Tarte a few weeks ago, I found myself stalking the QVC UK website in order to see whether any new Tarte goodies were coming their way, when I saw the Miracles from the Amazon giftset pop up. The set includes a few other products (watch out for reviews if I love them or hate them), but what really caught my eye was the ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ palette.

IMG_3876It has the exact same layout as the Poppy Picnic palette, but isn’t quite all matte. It does have four matte shadows, and the blush is totally matte, but there are two shimmery shadows included.

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The shades are t-b,l-r, Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True, Talented (blush), Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day and Paint The Brown.

Taupe For The Best and Out Of This Pearl both have a shimmery finish, but not glittery or frosty at all. They are firm to touch but still swatch beautifully in one swipe. I think the one weak point of this palette is the plum shade Dreams Plum True. The texture of the shadow is drier than the others, and Tarte’s mattes are really lovely, so it’s quite noticeable. I can definitely make it work as a liner, but I think it might be a little difficult to blend.

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Once again, sucked in by the packaging, impressed by the actual product! Win win, right?
You can pick up this palette as part of a set on QVC UK for £34 (£38 inc. postage).

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night, wherever you are!
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Review: Tarte’s ‘Poppy Picnic’ Palette + Swatches

19 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Another day, another beauty post! Buuuut this time it’s something really exciting. IT’S TARTE!

As a UK based beauty blogger, Tarte is really pretty difficult to come by. About a year ago, QVC started to sell Tarte, but their product range is quite limited and varies from month to month as they sell out and get new stock, so you can’t quite rely on the website. Also, ordering from Sephora US poses a few challeneges as some items don’t ship and the tax and shipping costs come to almost £20 on any order.

So a few months ago, when I saw the Poppy Picnic palette pop up on QVC’s Beauty section, I literally jumped at the chance to get my mitts on it. It was on advanced orders, which basically means you’re in limbo until they’ve shipped out all the orders before you. After over a month of waiting, I finally got the email confirmation…it was on the way. *screams*

It’s pretty obvious why I wanted it.

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*drools*

It has six shadow shades that all are matte, and one shimmery blush. And when I say shimmery, I mean glitterball shimmery. This is a summer or a night-time bush for me. It does make you glow though, and I’m partial to a coral cheek. 😉 I would say that it lasts a good amount longer than some other blush formulas I’ve tried, like Rimmel or Maybelline’s new Creme Puffs. It’s comparable to Nars blushes.

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The swatches are absolutely representative of the quality of these shadows. They are PHENOM. Genuinely. I’d say the formula is a mix of Lorac shadows and maybe Estée Lauder shadows, or the benefit singles. If you’ve swatched a Lorac shadow, then you’ll know that they’re soft to the point of breaking apart when you tap them with a flat shader. This makes them gorgeous over the top of a silicone primer, or beautiful to blend, but when it comes to pigment, sometimes the matte shades can suffer.

The shadows in the palette are smooth and silky, but pack a good old pigment wallop, and they blend SO well. I was so chuffed when I realised that the beautiful flowery outside was just hiding a smooth, blendable shadowy centre.

So you can probably tell, it’s a thumbs up from me!

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!

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Glow For It

25 Jun

Hello lovelies!

Summer’s now in full swing in the UK, we see a smidgen of sunshine and everyone whips their legs out and slaps on the SPF. I’ve been obsessed with the ‘lit from within’ look recently and thought I would share my favourite products for the job.

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Estée Lauder Blush in ‘Witty Peach’ – £25 at boots.com

This blush is the perfect peach for a pop of colour. Just subtle enough that it doesn’t give you awkward sun-tan cheeks and just pigmented enough so that it leaves a beautiful tint on the apples. I like to start really far up and out on my cheeks because I have a little chubby face, but everyone is different. I’ve heard it’s best to start at least two finger widths away from your nose and that that’s a good estimation. This blush is matte, but the lighter apricot colour gives it a glowing finish.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder – £13 at thebodyshop.co.uk

This bronzer is universally flattering. I mean it. I always think that uber-pigmented bronzers have no place on my skin. Even if I blend perfectly, I always end up looking like a muddy mess. This formula is silky smooth, easy to buff out and it’s not too OOT. Do people still say that? OOT? Oh well. Just did. This is one of the only products that i can use on my temples as well due to it not being too intense.

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The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – £16 at feelunique.com

Well, well, well. This little baby is finally mine. I actually put this in a wish-list this time a year ago, and finally made an order on Feel Unique. Believe the hype, this champagne-hued highlight is seriously amazeballs. I tried it for the first time a week ago and have worn it every day since. A teeny-tiny bit of this goes a loooooooonnnggg way, and your skin looks so healthy after you use it. For oily-skinned gals, I would warn you to use a light hand, as I know it can be difficult to balance between luminous goddess and disco ball, but us dry-skinned ladies need all the glow we can get. Am I right ladies? (I’ve always wanted to type that, it didn’t disappoint haha)

So there we go. My little formula that results in a lotta H2Glow. Oh yeah.
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I hope you are enjoying your day/evening, wherever you are!
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October Favourites + Swatches

10 Nov

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ve got a bunch of products to show you, plus swatches and a little bit of a daring FOTD for me. Stay tuned for that…

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Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in ‘Lace’ – £10

I finally put this palette to use – I love the shade ‘Chantilly’, a gorgeous matte hot coral. Wow wow wow. You have to be careful with these blushes, as they’re so pigmented. This blush palette is going to last me forever. It’s great value and quality. Can’t wait to check out the other Blush By 3 palettes.

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Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder – £12
This stuff has been so so good to me (you can probably tell from the major pan that you’re seeing) – but during October it just shone as a holy grail product. Living without this just doesn’t seem plausible to me, could I possibly go on if I lost it?! Who can tell? It’s totally translucent, works on loadsa skin colours and types, and is affordable. Run to Boots. Run.

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BareMinerals The Next Big Thing Palette (LE) – £29

I first spotted this on Temptalia around six months ago, promptly fell in love and then discovered it was limited edition! I searched high and low for it, including on the Bare Minerals website, and than randomly stumbled across it in the Debenhams sale. I’m pretty sure it was 13.50, which is incredible for a palette of this quality, and the brand’s reputable image only helped me to snap it up. The colours are never usually what I would wear on my lids, but that coral drew me in and ever since, I’ve been falling further and further in love. The gold-y shades are beautifully pigmented, the coral is so so unique on the eyes, and the blackened plum makes a gorgeous liner. I must have used shades from this palette at least ten times during October, and for me, that’s pretty good.

DSCN2306Benefit Posietint – full size £24.50

Just a long-time fave of mine, it’s on my Christmas list and this little deluxe sample has lasted me forever. I love it on my lips the most, but it gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks too.

DSCN2309ModelCo More Brows in Medium/Dark – £10

This is an exact dupe for Gimme Brow except that it doesn’t get all gross after a couple of uses. It distributes product nice and evenly along the brow and is inexpensive in comparison to the Benefit version. Big ole thumbs up from me!

DSCN2311Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter – £23.50
I purchased this on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it a great mutipurpose concealer/corrector/highlighter, but I’ve honestly used it since April EVERY single day (minus lazy days) and it’s still going strong. This is the never-ending product. It’s glowy, long lasting and although it’s a little pricy, I think it’s well worth it.

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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – full size £18
The smell of this product is incredible, I just can’t get over it. I heard the hype, I listened, I put it off. Then I saw a little value set in Sephora with a mini for a minimal price. I jumped at the chance. These are so so comfortable, this colour is flattering and the line is well worth the hype.

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So those were my October favourites. Is there anything you’ve been loving lately? Please let me know in the comments and fuel my addiction.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

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FOTD: Forward Pink-ing

19 Oct

Hello lovelies!

Long time no speak! I’ve been crazy busy at university and work, and I really have missed this little blog, even though it’s only been two week. A quick FOTD for you today while I get things up and running again. I’ve been loving bright lips lately, and I never thought I would. Managed to pick up a few Clinique products today (shhhh!) and can right home at lunchtime and applied the freebie(!!!) that I got for Debenhams BonusTime. I’ll explain some of the other things I got in an upcoming haul, but head to my Instagram for a sneaky-peek! I’m very low-maintenance these days…let’s see how long that lasts!

As always, messy hair, don’t care.

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Face: No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Light’
Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in ‘Witty Peach’

Eyes: Maybelline ‘The Rocket Waterproof’

Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in ‘Plushest Punch’

After trying this lip product, I’m gonna be racing back for more. WHY DID I NOT TRY THEM BEFORE?!

Tomorrow I’m off to work for a full day of Halloween fun. Oh, and good news! My contract was extended until January, so happy days for me. Most people finish at the end of the season, which is the 4th of November, but I applied for Christiemas (Freudian slip?) work, and I got it! Can’t wait for the holiday season. We all need a bit of joy this time of year.

Have a wonderful rest of your day or night, wherever you are…and tell someone that thee look beautiful today, it might be just what they need!
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Lust Haves – Summer 2013 2.0

27 Jun

Hello lovelies!
I’m going shopping tomorrow, and plan to return with many beautiful things, as I got my first ever full month’s wages the other day! These are what I’ve been lusting over for a few busy (and blog-less) few weeks.
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1. Revlon’s Nail Enamel in ‘Bare Bones’
I saw this a few months back on essiebutton’s blog and as I’m a big lover of nude nail polish, I wanted it instantly. It slipped to the back of my mind, but as I was sorting through my collection the other day, I realised that a. I didn’t have it and b.I really wanted it. 

2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
This is a holy grail product for so many people, but I have never had any interest in Elizabeth Arden products. However, I break out around my chin all the time and I’m hoping this might solve dry skin and spots around there. Probably not but it’s worth a go!

3. Bourjois Vintage Little Round Blush Pot in Rose d’Or
These are so cute, and that’s basically my reasoning behind wanting this! Also, as a French student, anything with French-esque packaging is basically a compulsory buy.

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately guys! Hoping to get some more posts in soon! 🙂

Also thought I’d share this gem with you.
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How NOT To Apply Blusher!

31 May

Hello lovelies!

I was definitely a late bloomer, and I actually didn’t start wearing ANY make-up until I was about 15, and not consistently until 16/17. I don’t know about you, but most things came naturally to me. Mascara, lipgloss, foundation. The one thing that stumped me was blush, and where to apply it, and how to apply it, and what to do once it was on your face.

I ended most attempts like this. 

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1. Everyone’s face shape is different.
I started trying to learn to apply blush by watching YouTube videos. I found that I just couldn’t copy the ‘gurus’, as I have a very round face and they just…don’t. Practice and you’ll find what looks good on you. It might take a while!

2. Less is more.
Start with a light blush that’s peachy or rosy, and perhaps that doesn’t have a lot of pigment. Remember, you can’t take away without starting your whole face over! And very often, you need less on your brush than you think. Build up.

3. Don’t smile!
It doesn’t work! I smiled for a LONNNG time when I applied blush, and I get more compliments/a more natural face now that I don’t plop the product on the apples of my cheeks, but blend it upwards.

 

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Saved it!

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Just to let you know, I used MUA’s Shade 6 Blush, which is £1. They’ve just brought out six NEW shades, so run run run to Superdrug and grab’em!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/evening! I’m off to test out some new shampoos and hair masks! 🙂

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HAUL! Soap & Glory, Revlon and Maybelline!

8 Apr
Hello lovelies!

I’ve been home for the last week and a bit, and it has been SO RELAXING! I’m a first year uni student, so this time is supposed to be ‘revision’ time, but of course I HAD to go to Boots while the 3 for 2 offer is on (it’s still on for a little while, so run RUN to the shops and take advantage!!) Oh I do love it when they do that!

The very first thing I bought was the much-hyped Nearly Naked Foundation from Revlon. I was so intrigued by it, and did succumb to the hype! Very impressed so far, if you’d like a review then let me know. 🙂 I have the shade ‘Ivory’, which I THINK is the lightest shade. (I just don’t like that screw top!)

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is available at Boots and Superdrug and is priced at £8.99.

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Next up is a cream blush from Revlon called ‘Pinched’. I saw the YouTuber essiebutton talking about this blush a couple of months ago, and seeing as she has a similar skintone/skin type to me and she loved it, I decided I had to have it. I love the sleek circular pot, and I think that the product itself is good. I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks, so once I neutralise that, I don’t always want to add blush, but this muted coral-coloured one does the trick. It’s quite sheer, incredibly easy to blend with a brush or your fingers and is from Revlon, whose face products rarely disappoint.

Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched is available at Boots or Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

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The next thing I got was Soap & Glory’s answer to a high-end, world-famous lip and cheek tint, Cheekmate. It caught my eye a few months ago and although I’ve been lusting after Benefit’s Benetint for aaggggeeesss, it’s just not in my price-range for one product. This was in the 3 for 2 and is a nifty little £8. I actually bought two, one for me and one for my mum, as she doesn’t have many brushes and like to apply make-up with her fingers, plus she’s a huge fan of Soap and Glory in general. Believe it or not, she has all but one of their eye products! Shades and all! She loves it, and I have to say I do too. This has raspberry seed and kiwi extract, as well as Vitamin C in it, and it’s also supposed to improve circulation in your facial capillaries. I’m not sure I need that in my cheeks, but in your lips it sounds like a fab thing!

Soap & Glory’s Cheekmate is available from Boots exclusively and is priced at £7.99.

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While browsing around the Soap & Glory stand (seriously the best looking stand in any Boots shop!), I saw the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss sticks. I live for Soap & Glory’s punny names for their products, don’t you just love ’em! There are only three shades of this, Fuschia-ristic (which I own and love), Nudist (ooo-errr!), and Plum Jam, which I picked up! I loved my first one, it smells like marshmallows and feels lovely on the lips. This is a burgundy-plummy shade would have been lovely for Autumn/Winter, but to be honest, I’ll wear it at any time of the year, I don’t care! I like how it’s a twist-up pecil type product even though it’s a lip gloss/stick. It’s a perfect dupe for the Revlon Kissable Balm stains, but smells better in my opinion! Lasts for a good few hours too! I definitely recommend these!

Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are available from Boots exclusively and are priced at £8.

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The very last thing I picked up was a quad from Maybelline in ‘Bronze Drama’. I got this a little earlier in the month, from Superdrug, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online. It’s an Eyestudio quad though, which has a large highlight champagne shade, an orange-gold, a gorgeous khaki, and a deep green that’s allmmmost black. It’s a gorgeous selection of colour, if a little random. I love the champagne and khaki. All four shades are nicely pigmented and buttery.
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So that’s my cheeky little haul for you! This is the first time I’ve been shopping to Boots and Superdrug in months, believe it or not!

Do you prefer applying make-up with or without brushes? Is foundation best applied with fingers?

Hope you’re all having wonderful days/evenings!

Christie xoxo

Review: Topshop’s ‘Desert Sun’ Bronzer/Blush Duo

1 Apr

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be reviewing a product I’ve actually owned for a while, but have only started really using recently, and that’s Topshop’s Bronzer/Blush Duo in ‘Desert Sun’.

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Doesn’t the blank space where the mirror *should* be annoy you?!

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

The product itself is raised up into a dome, not unlike the Mac Beauty Powders. It’s roughly half blush, half bronzer. The blush is a coral colour, whereas the bronzer is absolutely a golden shimmer. The great thing about this product is that it’s a 3-in-1 job. You’ve got a blush, bronzer and a highlight type colour when you mix them together.

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

ImageI think this product performs best when it’s mixed together and used as either a blush or a highlight. The blush alone isn’t pigmented enough, and the bronzer is too yellow/orange-tones to work well for me, but could be nice on more tanned skin. Bearing in mind I always buy the lightest foundation to match my skin, this possibly would suit many skin tones. I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can get some use of the bronzer as a lone product in the summer.


This is actually advertised on Topshop’s website as solely a bronzer, but I really think it’s more of a combo product. 

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This product definitely didn’t blow me away, but it’s gonna be a nice addition to my summer make-up choices, and it’s a good hit for Topshop, who don’t get a lot of hype surrounding their face products. It’s also a bit pricy, at £12.50, you could buy a face palette from Sleek, or 12 cream blushes from MUA!

‘Desert Sun’ is available at Topshop stores and the Topshop website.

Have you tried any of Topshop’s make-up? What are your favourite summer face products? I can feel it approaching!

Christie xoxo

bareMinerals ‘Bright and Beautiful Kit’ in ‘Light’.

27 Mar

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I recently ordered for the first time from feelunique.com and picked up this bareMinerals kit that included a huge 8 FULL SIZE products from bareMinerals for….£22.85. Oh yes. 8 full sized high-end products for £23. I was shocked too. Let’s get into the products! (This will be a picture heavy post!)

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Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer – £17.85 for 30ml
feelunique.com

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Swatched in natural daylight.

This primer is nice, it reminds me of a thinner version of Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’. I do have a problem with the packaging though, as the nozzle squirts product out at such a force that it actually went all over my face as I was trying to swatch it. I know it’s going to go there eventually, but I want to control the amount a bit better! This could just be my bottle though.

Total so far: £17.85

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Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer – Roughly £60 for 8ml
All websites offer only 3ml for £16, which comes out to £5.33 per ml.

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Swatched in natural daylight.

I LOVE this primer. It’s beautiful! It’s a champagne colour, easy to blend out and in lovely packaging. bareMinerals doesn’t actually sell this in the size it came to me in. This is 8ml, and the ‘full size’ on the website and feelunique is apparently 3ml. I don’t have a problem with that! The amount you get is amazing. This is gonna last me a while! 🙂

Total so far: £77.85 (!!!!!!)

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Original Foundation SPF15 in ‘light w15’ – £25 for 8g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Okay, this is not my skintone. I don’t think that the company thought this through, because this is INCREDIBLY yellow and not really light at all. I don’t mind though, as I do my friends’ make-up a lot and my friend Emily has more yellow-toned skin that’s a little darker than mine. However, beware if you only need this for yourself. Try to pop into a Boots that sells bareMinerals and do some swatching. If you have pink tones in your skin though, this probably won’t be for you. It’s nice to blend though, and very finely milled and soft.

Total so far: £102.85

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Mineral Blush in ‘Vivacious’ – £19 for 0.85g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Oh this is yummy! This is a perfect rosy pink blush, very nice to apply and would probably suit all skin tones. It has shimmer, not glitter, and again, is very finely milled. I love the packaging too.

Total so far: £121.85.

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Eyecolour in ‘Alive’ – £14 for 0.57g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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Okay well this is ridiculous. Definitely not a shade I would use all over my eyes, like they are suggesting. The ‘deep’ shade selection of the Bright and Beautiful kit actually had a beautiful bronzey coloured shadow, which I would have appreciated a lot more than a magenta-pink. That said, it’s the same situation as the other two, very soft and fine, nice to apply.

Total so far: £135.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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Big & Bright Eyeliner in ‘Plum’ – £13 for 0.35g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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This eyeliner is a lovely, creamy consistency and it glides on to the waterline or tightline and smudges nicely. I actually love the colour too! It’s a plum shade, but one that isn’t too far away from black, so only someone very close would notice. It’s a nice way to start experimenting with colour if you’re afraid to wear it around the eyes! I know that I’m a sucker for black liner and neutral shadows, but you never know what might work. This looks lovely.

Total so far: £148.85
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Lipgloss in ‘Lollipop’ – £14 for 4.2ml.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

This is so nice! It’s a very sheer, medium pink gloss with subtle silver flecks. I say flecks because they’re definitely not glitter, just shiny. I’m not too fond of the smell, but I like the feel of it on my lips. It’s quite sticky, not as sticky as a Bourjois or Mac lipgloss, but getting there. It also has a brush applicator, rather than I doefoot, which I like. I wish there were more brush applicators on lipglosses!

Total so far: £162.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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With flash at night.

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Limited edition dual-ended brush – not available.

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This is a nice brush. It’s not really anything special, but it’s nice. The pencil end is not as dense as I want it to be, and the shadow end is perhaps too dense, but they do a nice job, and I always love to add to my brush collection.

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So…for all of that separately it would have cost you £162.85.

THAT IS MENTAL.

I’m really glad that I picked this kit up. It’s still in the ‘Outlet’ section on feelunique.com, so if this caught your eye, run, and I mean RUN, and pick it up. You won’t be sorry.

Do you own anything from bareMinerals? What would you love from this kit?

Christie xoxo