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Feeling high end, wanting low maintenance

3 Feb

Hi lovelies!

A quick product recommendation for you today, in the form of the smoothest, hydrating and glowy products I’ve found for that ultimate low-key lip.

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The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms are pretty much balmy perfection. I had the flu recently (that’s what you get when you work with kids) and it just about floored me. My skin suffered, but these guys kept me going and my lips didn’t get dry! Hoorah!

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Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re a glorified lip balm. They have a sheer tint, they smell ever so slightly spearmint-y, and they are, of course, ridiculously overpriced. Buuuut, they feel great to use. If you fancy feeling fancy, then the next time you’re near a Dior counter, have a swatch and see for yourselves!

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(t-b Lip Glow (Original), Lip Glow 004 (Coral))

You can find Dior at most department stores, and online at feelunique.com. The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms retail for £24.

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: Soap and Glory’s ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’

3 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Lately, I’ve really been looking at my makeup collection and really assessing the strong and weak points. Like a mid-year evaluation of some sort. The outcome was pretty surprising…I have over 20 foundations and BB/CC creams, but only three primers, none of which I’m particularly in love with.
So on a little trip to Boots the other day I picked up the Soap and Glory ‘One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer’, which I’m pretty sure is brand new, as I had a little google in Boots, and couldn’t find ANYTHING about this baby.

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The tube resembles a Clinique Superprimer tube, but it has a silky matte finish that makes it seem much more expensive than it was. It has a screw lid and a little pointy nib, like a TooFaced primer.

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Now, it says on the tube that you can wear it over makeup, but I’m not sure that’s the best way to use this product. It’s best used underneath a foundation or BB/CC cream. I’ve worn it for two whole days under a CC cream and then a foundation, and it’s really good value for money, in my opinion. When you apply it to the face, it has a really nice cooling effect, which makes me wish that Soap and Glory had released it just a bit earlier when the prospect of good weather was actually possible! 🙂 It’s immediately smoothing and leaves the skin ever ever so slightly tacky, but not at all uncomfortable. It claims to have a 12 Shine-Bloc technology, and I have to say that I agree with that claim. My dewy CC cream stayed pretty solid throughout the day, just slightly fading in the evening, and my T-Zone was only ever so slightly oily. With the foundation, I mostly noticed how the pores on my nose were reduced. It feels like the perfect mix of Benefit’s Porefessional and TooFaced’s Hangover RX primer. I sometimes can find that the Porefessional is a little too heavy for my face, and the TooFaced only will work when I’m going for a specific look, but the Soap and Glory is delightfully perfect for any base you want to pop on.

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Swatched on the back of my hand, it is translucent, a little like a Smashbox primer.

So it’s a thumbs up from me! I’m hoping that Soap and Glory release a tinted version, or maybe an illumating version next! That would probbably be amaaaazzing.

You can pick this up exclusively from Boots, and it’s priced at £10.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!

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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’ – Review + Swatches

23 Aug

Hi lovelies!

Just a quick post today on a lippie I’ve been loving lately, Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’.

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It’s a gorgeous, ever so slightly shimmery coral colour, that is a shine finish and is one of the most buildable lip products I’ve ever tried.

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You get 0.1oz of product in the full size for $17, which comes to about £12.50 once you pop the exchange rate on.

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IMG_3825My lips before (boriiinngg)

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This product looks pretty good with my slightly more tanned skin in comparison to my regular skin tone. It has a little bit of a tangerine feel to it, and so I think that paired with bronzer it looks gorge.

It lasts a good amount of time if you’re not eating, about five hours or so, but as soon as you eat it needs reapplication. The good thing is that you can just add more product instead of having to remove it all and reapply. It’s also dead minty. You can’t miss it!!!

This product is a part of the 2015 Give Me Some Lip Set, currently on Sephora’s website for $25.

That’s all for today, I hope you have a good day/evening, wherever you are!
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Skincare Spotlight: My (Nearly) Empties

21 Aug

Hi lovelies!

So, I have a confession to make.

I’m a skincare hoarder.

There, I said it.

Fortunately, this little habit of mine only really applies to miniature and deluxe-sized products, but it’s become a poinf of contention in my house, and my sister challenged me not to buy any skincare until I’d used up a considerable amount of what’s in ‘skincare station’, as we call it.

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Philosophy’s Full of Promise is a creamy moisturiser that can sometimes get a little greasy on my oily T-Zone, but is nice to use on my cheeks for a little bit of smoothness or hydration before putting on makeup.

Would I buy the full size?
Not at £50! I think that most moisturisers do similar things unless they’re really something special, so I’m not too attached to this one at the moment.

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Ren’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a light gel-like serum that you can use before moisturiser or as a standalone treatment on clean skin. You can see in the picture that it can get bubbly, it’s very slippy but I didn’t feel like it sank in particularly quickly.

Would I buy the full size?
I have to cheat on this one, because I actually have a second sample that’s slightly bigger, so I’m gonna use that up and see whether it makes any difference in the long term. If I had to decide now, I’d say no. Another hefty price tag of £36 for 30ml just puts me off.

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Caudalie’s Vinosource Crème Sorbet Hydratante is a light, airy moisturizer with a bizarre texture. It’s not like the few other sorbets that I’ve tried, and it’s more like a moisturizer mixed with a serum. It has a really light, pleasant scent.

Would I buy the full size?
Probably not, but only because I have so many more moisturising products that I like a bit more. This is way more affordable than the other products on this list, coming in at £23 for 40ml.

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GlamGlow’s YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is a mud mask that you can apply on problem areas in order to give your pores a deep clean, leave your skin exfoliated and smoother and tightens and tones the skin. I have this diddy sample size that got me about three liberal applications to my T-Zone, a slightly bigger pot, and the full sized version of this.

Would I buy the full size?

Yes, yes, yes. This stuff is great for when you’re having a bad skin day, or you just want a pamper sesh. It’s pricy, which is annoying, coming in at £50 for 50g, but the best thing to do is buy the gift sets around the December holiday season, you usually can get a full size lus a few deluxe samples of GlamGlow’s other products.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum is a creamy serum that sinks into the skin instantly, and claims to sort out uneven skin tone and wrinkles. This is the star of the show, in my opinion. It’s the product that I’ve noticed makes the most difference to my skin, and it smells gorgeous.

Would I buy the full size?

I wish. This stuff is on par with Creme de la Mer in price tag. For £110 you can get a 100ml size. *faints* That’s a lot of money for not an awful lot of product. I’m gonna see whether Clinique release any limited edition holiday sets with sample sizes of this, because I need my fix, but I don’t have the cash to throw around on serum…no matter how good it is. 😦

So after nearly finishing off all these samples, I still have this to get through.
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Hope you have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are in the world!

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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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A Love Letter To My Favourite Lipgloss

15 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is a love letter to my favourite formula of lipgloss, the Benefit Ultra-Plush lipglosses. These lipglosses were launched a few years ago now, and I have three of the miniature sized ones from gift sets that I have recieved or bought from Benefit.

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(from top to bottom:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

I have Hoola, a bronzey-nude, Coralista, a coral creme and Dandelion, a shimmery light pink. The Ultra-Plush lipgloss line features a bunch of shades that correspond to the boxed blushes that Benefit is known for. The formula is sheer, but my lips don’t have a lot of pigment and so the colour payoff is pretty good. The formula is very forgiving, it doesn’t cling to dry patches or settle into fine lines on or outside the lips.

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Hoola is a bronzey nude shade with a subtle shimmer. It’s very sheer on the lips but definitely is buildable. It lasts a few hours before wearing away evenly.
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Coralista is a coral creme shade with no visible shimmer or sparkle. The shade packs the most punch of the three that I have, and it lasts four hours and leaves a nice pinky stain on the lips after it loses shine.

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Dandelion is a subtle shimmery pink that lasts a few hours on the lips. Out of the three I own, Dandelion is my least favourite.

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

The thing about these glosses is that they smell AMAZING. Truly awesome. Like…a fruity sweet smell that isn’t overpowering or headachey at all. They really don’t compare to many glosses because they feel more balmy than sticky, and they aren’t at all uncomfortable. With Mac Lipglasses or the Buxom glosses, I find that I might as well not wear a gloss because I’m so distracted by the stickiness!

Currently the Benefit glosses are on sale on the Benefit website ranging from £6.75 to £7.50, but they regularly sell for £14.50.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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L’Oreal True Match Foundation – Worth the hype?

30 Jun

Hello lovelies!

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Today’s post is all about the L’Oreal True Match Foundation and whether it is worth the hype that has been circling it in the blogging world. I am in the sade C1  Rose Ivory, which is the lightest sade of the ‘pink family’. L’Oreal often does the three tones thing, where they have varying degree of pink/yellow/neutral shades. Thumbs up from the red-faced gals out there!


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I’d say the coverage was a good medium, and it’s definitely buildable, probably due to the liquid to powder consistency. Speaking of, the consistency takes a little getting used to but once it’s perfected the finish is flawless.

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It’s got some pretty decent lasting power, I can go about 6-8 hours without looking at my face and still feel comfortable. After that, I need a little powder so I don’t get alllll gross.

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Blended out, it gives a semi-matte finish with a luminosity that you can’t really explain….that wasn’t super helpful. It’s not completely matte though. I do think it would satisfy the oily-skinned ladies with a little powder though.

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So. Is it worth the hype? Personally I think YES. However, it’s definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea! For anyone with suuuuppper dry skin it’s probably going to cling to the dry patches. My skin kind of becomes combination in the summertime so it’s not too much of a problem for me at the moment, but I would absolutely recommend a good moisturise before applying it.

Thankyou for reading guys, if you’ve tried this foundation let me know what you think in a comment!
Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Amsterdam’ + Swatches!

4 Mar

Hello lovelies!

I’m so excited that this little product is now in my life. Even though I’m not always a red lip kinda gal, you always have to have that one colour just in case. I definitely have more than one red lip product (beauty blogger problems, am I right?) but if the situation presents itself, this might just be the one I reach for. 

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Packaging: The tube is pretty travel-friendly, a hard plastic that is durable and nice and sleek. I like the font on the outside…is that a weird thing to notice? Haha!

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Wand: The wand is pretty standard, a doefoot applicator. Not sure whether that’s the best method of application of this product though, as your initial application can be a bit patchy (as my terrible lip swatch suggests).

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Pigmentation: Amsterdam is gorgeous. literally stunning. The pigmentation is pretty solid, I’d give it 8/10, just because you have to work with the formula a bit to get full coverage on your lips.

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Lasting power: I wore this for a good 4 hours without having to reapply. I reapplied on the go, between lectures with a little compact mirror. Totally fine. In fact, it actually looked better on the second application! Bizarre, huh?!

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It’s definitely a little more sheer than a standard lipstick. It’s very creamy, not at all drying on the lips. I find that’s a big plus, it feels more comfortable when you wear it than a lip gloss or lipstick. I’d put it on similar terms as a balm even!

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My look for the day was pretty natural. I skipped bronzer and blush and put on A LOT of mascara. This product is certainly a little gem. I’m gonna have to play a little bit more to be able to apply it perfectly. Red still flummoxes me when I have to apply it. I get so nervous about getting it wrong, that I always get it wrong!

I’m already planning on picking up a few more shades from this range when I get paid at the end of this month…so yeah, I would definitely recommend checking these out if you can!

If you’re in the UK like me, you can pick up the Soft Matte Lip Creams from the NYX website for £5.50.

if any of you have tried other shades, let me know in the comments which ones are the best! I need suggestions! 🙂

So there you go! Today is pancake day, a.k.a the best day in the world, however, I shall be neglecting the Nutella and opting for just a lil’ bit of sugar instead. I’ve been on a diet for the last month or so, and it’s going really well! I’ve lost just under a stone and a half so far…hoorah! 

Hope you are having lovely days or evenings, wherever you are!
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Battle of the Tints

1 Feb

Hello lovelies!

I’m a big fan of cheek and lip tints because they are multi-purpose products that are often long-lasting and more subtle than a lipstick or cream blush, and that’s exactly the kind of look I go for on a daily basis. Benefit is known to be a brand that sort of specialises in tints. I’ve managed to acquire mini sizes of three of their tints, Benetint, Posietint and Chachatint. They’ve recently released a brand-new tint ‘Lollitint’ which is the candy-orchid colour that Sephora named as the colour of the year in beauty! I haven’t managed to get my hands on that one yet, but I know that it’s available on the Boots website and in selected Boots stores, as well as benefitcosmetics.co.uk!

ImageThe packaging of these little minis is just to die for. So. Cute.

ImageBenetint is Benefit’s original tinted lip and cheek product and was created in 1977. That’s a pretty long time for a product to stick around and still be relevant and useful today! It’s a rosy red product that blends to a very subtle flush, and is definitely a liquid product as opposed to the other two, which are more creamy. This has been my favourite over the winter months because it makes you look like Snow White (plus it smells like rose). Perfect!

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Posietint is probably my favourite of the three I have. It’s very subtle, but is perfect for creating that bare-face make-up look. I love wearing it under a shiny gloss on my lips. I’m so excited to start wearing this more often as spring rolls around!

ImageChachatint packs quite a punch! This has the most pigment of all three and lasts so long! It’s more of a cream, like Posietint, and it looks incredible on every skin-tone. Honestly, I lived on this stuff over the summer, and I haven’t even been through this little bottle yet. You’re absolutely gonna love this if you love coral. It’s pretty bright when it hasn’t been blended, so definitely daring on the lips. 

For me, tints are essential because I travel with my make-up constantly, and a tint in a mini size like this comes in so handy on the road. These deluxe samples have lasted me FOREVER, and they all get a big thumbs up from me. Run to the shops! The full size of each of these products is £24.50, and they will last you a lifetime!

I love these tints so much. Have any of you tried Benefit’s tints? What about the newest offering, Lollitint?

I’m currently getting prepped for my weekend, off to Tesco for the weekly shop in a bit too. What a glamorous life I lead!

Have a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are!
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