Irum Cosmetics review

Hey babe,

long time, no see! Life has been pretty hectic the past month! First I had my holiday to Paris and then straight away moved back to uni for my third and final year! So I have been pretty damn crap with my blog, apologies huns x

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Livin’ my best life in Paris

 

I am back with a skin care review! The lovely team at Irum cosmetics reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in receiving their clay mask and argan oil, obvs I said yes, who doesn’t love organic, vegan skin care! As I was hashtag gifted these products, I’ll start off by saying all views, opinions, shit puns are my own and are in no way influenced by the brand.

As a gal who wears a shit tonne of makeup daily and also has the life motto of ‘you’re only as good as your base’, it’s important for me to have amazing skin and by extension, amazing skin care. So I do have pretty high standards when it comes to what I put on my face, I’ll let you read the rest of the review to see how I got on!

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Pure & Organic Green Clay mask powder

Contains 100g of Product

  • No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Green Clay – Bentonite
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals

As the mask comes in powder form the packaging was perfect, the jar seals securely to prevent any nasty spills and is safe to shove in an overnight bag if you’re travelling. I also love the design, it gives me severe holistic/morrocan vibes, which is perfect for an organic, vegan and natural treatment.

I followed the instructions on the jar and mixed a tsp of clay with some water to create a paste. I actually do all masks that need to be mixed at home into a mixing bowl made for hair dye and use one of the brushes to slap it on my face because I am super lazy. The paste was a really nice consistency, not too runny and not too thick which made for a really nice application. As soon as the mask was applied to my skin it felt so cooling and refreshing, the smell was mild and not overpowering which is a massive plus from me, if you have read my blogs before you’ll know how much I complain about strong smells in products. After about ten minutes the clay started to dry and oh my god did it dry, I looked like a Gian Lorenzo Bernini sculpture, circa 1446.

 

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After waiting the full twenty minutes I washed it off with warm water and a muslin cloth to make sure there was no residue or any in my hair-line because I am dense and often miss it. My skin felt like a dream, so soft but very tight. I have normal skin which has the odd stint of dry so I do everything I can to keep it moisturised, you will definitely need a moisturising product after the mask although it does say it is for all skin types. My skin was noticeably less textured, so if that is something you suffer from I think this mask would be great for you. The website claims that it can help battle acne but as I am not someone who suffers from spots or acne, I can’t comment on that however, it could be worth a try?

My overall thoughts are that I really cannot fault this mask, it felt luxurious to apply, made my skin feel amazing and as its vegan, totally guilt free. The mask retails for £7.99 (which I think is so affordable considering how amazing the product is) and is available on the Irum cosmetics website.

Irum Argan Oil

Contains 100ml of product

  • Not Tested On Animals
  • Alcohol & Paraben Free
  • No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: Argania Spinosa Kemal Oil

The packaging for the argan oil was again, like the mask, really gorgeous. The bottle is so sturdy so I have no fears popping this in my wash bag to take away with me. Argan oil is pretty self-explanatory, you know when to pop it into your skin routine however I used this EVERYWHERE. Cuticle oil, ends of my hair, the new stretch marks that have popped up on my arse just for bants, on my legs after I shaved and even as a primer with some of my more dry foundations. I have been bathing in argan oil for the past three weeks and I refuse to turn back. It can feel a wee bit greasy on application but it melts into the skin pretty sharpish, so that feeling doesn’t linger. I have recently bleached my hair so my ends were feeling a bit like sad but I have washed my hair, applied some oil to the ends and then slept in it a few times now and its made a world of difference.

Overall I feel like I have found a new holy grail, using the oil after the mask was the perfect combination and my skin has been so glowy. It is the perfect product to keep my skin hydrated and soft as we go into harsher winter weather. The product retails for £18.75 and is again, available on the Irum cosmetics website. The oil is a tad more pricey than the mask but you do get so much product, I can see it lasting ages.

A huge thanks to Irum cosmetics for sending me these goodies, let me know in the comments if you try them out, which I really recommend you do!

 

 

 

 

Saving ££ with Derma V10

Hello my angels I am back at it again with a skin care review! Let me start off with the most boring of disclaimers but necessary, I was gifted these products but this post is not sponsored and my opinions, as always, are my own and are in no way influenced by the brand.

Face masks are probably my favourite part of my skin care routine, often after a bad day applying a face mask is quite therapeutic and can feel like I’m washing all the crap from the day away with it. So when Derma V10 got in contact with me asking if I would like to be sent their clay mask range I was like is the Pope Catholic?

My first impressions upon receiving the masks were erm dupe alert?? Hello L’oreal Pure Clay Masks? The packaging was the first similarity I noticed, alongside the different colours? flavours?! themes?! I don’t know! But the L’oreal masks used to be a firm favourite of mine, so I was more than intrigued to see if these face masks, which were a fraction of the price, were in any way similar.

I was kindly sent three types, the red algae to brighten, the charcoal to detox and the eucalyptus to Purify. They each contain 50ml of product, which apparently will last up to 10 applications and each has the same application technique, apply to a cleansed face for 10-15 minutes and remove with warm water. Here on the beauty edit, I love a simple skin care routine.

Derma V10 Clay Mask With Eucalyptus

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with added Eucalyptus extract penetrates deep into the skin leaving skin purified and smooth. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple. 

The green mask was the first that I tried and the first thing I noticed was the smell. I am very sensitive to smells and often even slightly fragrance products can set me off with a headache that is difficult to shift. The fragrance wasn’t so strong after I had applied but it wasn’t my cup of tea, although the smell was in no way unpleasant, it was just a tad much. My skin after the application did feel incredibly smooth, babies bum kind of vibes. I had no irritation and my skin was actually going through a very sensitive spot, so I was really happy because even my most gentle products were making me flare up.

Derma V10 Clay Mask with Red algae

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with Walnut Shell exfoliates the skin while the added Red Algae soothes and brightens the skin’s surface. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple.

Erm, is it just me or did they say the same thing about the last mask…? That is a bit lazy but oh well, it’s not all about the description! This mask was my favourite, although it isn’t one I think I could use as regularly as the others due to it being an exfoliant. The Walnut shell was a great, my skin felt so soft afterwards and I could visibly see the effects it had on my pores. It had a similar smell to the others but this time I was ready for it and It didn’t give me a shock.

Derma V10 Clay mask with charcoal

Derma V10 claim: Our rich creamy clay mask with added Charcoal penetrates deep into the skin absorbing impurities and removing excess oil. Also contains Vitamin E and Honey to help nourish, soothe and moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple 

The past few years has seen a rise in the hype of charcoal in the beauty community hasn’t it? For good reason too! Charcoal is a bit of a paradox, it just doesn’t sound right but it is great for cleansing and toning the skin. I personally think this mask is great, my face felt so fresh and clean, which is all you can really ask from a face mask, right?

These masks retail at £1.99 EACH! Combined that is less than the price for ONE of the L’oreal masks. I would be lying if I said the L’oreal had any significantly better qualities! I also believe they will last over ten uses, I have used each of mine a good 4/5 times and have barely hit the halfway mark!

Often in the beauty community we can sucked in my anti-ageing/anti-wrinkle/will turn back the time and you will be a 19-year-old, size 8 goddess. The reality is there are very few products that can even scratch the surface of those claims, at the very most, we should be asking for something that makes our skin feel smooth, cleansed and relaxes us. Which these face masks definitely do. As I said, sometimes a face mask is more about the feeling of looking after yourself than it is about turning back the clock and looking like you did in the late noughties.

You can purchase the Derma V10 masks at Amazon, Fragrance Direct and the Range. All retailing from £1.99

Do yourself a favour, pour yourself a large glass of vino and put a face mask on. We all deserve it. Thanks for reading and thank you to Derma V10 for getting in touch with me, what an amazing first year my blogging experience has been, being contacted by brands is truly an amazing feeling! Love you loads and loads and loads!

No more poreblems!?

I am that bitch. I never get spots, my skin isn’t textured and I have normal skin type.

                                  BUT!

 there is a but! I’ve got some poreblems.   ( not apologising for the pun)

If you have read my blog before you will know that I always use a pore filling primer like the NYX Pore Filler because I have rather large, large, large, LARGE, pores on my cheeks. Not my nose, just my cheeks? is this normal? help a sister out? Anyway, I always seek out products that claim to reduce the appearance of those pesky holes in the face nobody asked for but for some reason the vast majority of us have received. Nothing has ever really worked, occasionally I will see a difference on the first use but then after that, the magics gone and I am once again … porous?

That was until I discovered my ultimate pore tackling combo. I am actually getting a bit sicky at the word pore now but there is nothing synonymous for me to use so we will just carry on. Does anyone else have any words that just gross them out??

GAME CHANGERS

I went into TK MAXX with my sister – with no intentions of spending any money but here we are… again – saw that they had Nip n Fab skin care in. I didn’t know much about Nip n Fab, was it high end? was it drug store? what’s the craic?

My sister told me she had received the Glycolic Instant Fix Mask in one of her subscription boxes and recommended it to me. (If you watch my insta hauls you will know I purchased this about a month ago so I have given myself a long time to test these out, just so I can see the long term results)

I also picked up The Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot and The Viper Venom Micro Blur fix, which is a primer. I tried the primer out a few times but I was not sold, it did nothing for me. I’m not going to lie but I can’t even remember why I didn’t like it, I just remember it looking like a sack of shit.

The two other products on the other hand, have become holy grails.  Combined these two products are like cheese and crackers, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend, 2008 and dream matte mousse!

*heart eyes*

I use the face mask about three times a week. Normally I will cleanse my skin, jump in the bath to open up it all up a bit and then put on a thin layer on, for the recommended ten minutes, washing it off with warm water – If you have sensitive skin I would recommend doing a patch test because it can be a bit spicy!

Here are the main ingredients and what they claim to do:

      glycolic acid: retextures + resurfaces. Reduces appearance of fine lines + wrinkles 
evermat&trade: minimizes pore size, reduces shine, refines skin tone 
amino acid: skin brightener, helps fade age-spots, improves clarity + evenness of skin tone 
glycerin: moisturises, revives + helps restore skin suppleness

From my experience, I really have to agree. I’m only 24 so I can’t really speak for wrinkles but my fine lines are reduced and my pores are so minimal now. I would say that it can sometimes feel a bit on the dryer side straight after but that is when I move in with the rest of my skin care routine.

The Viper venom shot I use in both my morning and evening skin care routine. The product says you can add to moisturiser or serum for a blurring effect of applied straight to the skin as a concentrate. I personally apply it straight to the skin and my skin does look flawless and blurred.

Nip & Fab Claim the ingredients:

5x concentrated Syn®-Ake: smooths and softens
soft focus powders: mattifying + instant blurring effect

tightening complex: immediate lifting effect

 Does what it says on the tin. 

These two products have CHANGED my skincare routine game up and by extension my makeup because you are only ever as good as your base. Both of these products are available on the Nip & Fab website and I believe both are in the sale!

Thank you for reading my angels, as always let me know in the comments what you think! Also a quick word to say I know my posting has been all over the shop recently but hopefully I will be uploading every Wednesday and Sunday as of next week!

Love you! Bye!

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NYX haul and first impressions

NYX is that brand constantly hyped in the blogging world and in the youtube community as the godfather of drugstore, but it was a brand I had fairly little urge or desire to really investigate. I had a few glosses and the liquid lip lingerie collection but they were never my favourite formulas or products I reached for on a daily basis. There also wasn’t a NYX counter at my local boots until fairly recently and I wasn’t really jumping to order drug store online. Saying that, it is undeniable how popular it is among gurus and influencers alike, so I decided (in the space of four seconds of walking into boots) to spend too much money on figuring the brand out.

The first thing I think I want to say is that although it is drugstore, it isn’t all that cheap? I wanted to pick up the ultimate brights palette but it was SMALL and EXPENSIVE. If I paid a few pounds more I could purchase the morphe palette and get way more product, so I changed my mind on that!

Anyway, I’ll just tell you what I bought and what I thought? that would be a good start right?

Pore Filler Primer

I think I will start off with a firm favourite! I really, really like this primer. I have quite large pores over my nose and cheeks, hence why the benefit poreffesional has been my all time favourite primer however, at £22 a pop, if there is a cheaper alternative it must be tried! I would say this is a great dupe, granted I don’t think it is as blurring as the porefessional but it certainly gives it a run for its money! You get 9m of product which is pretty standard and it comes out a bit peachy toned but blends in quite clear. A little goes a long way and it has a lovely matte finish, for those with dry skin you will definitely need a hidrating moisturiser underneath. I think this may be my new day time primer but I will stick to porefessional for night-time antics! It was too warm on holiday for foundation so I wore this on its own with some bronzer and highlight, it made my skin look so smooth! So I would say under foundation or on its own it really is a winner! Although I will say if you go in a bit heavy-handed and apply to much, it can pill underneath your foundation, if you don’t know what pilling is it is when your product balls up! No one wants peeling foundation! The primer costs £11 and is available at boots.

Total control drop foundation

For a drugstore foundation, I thought this was pretty pricey at £14, if taken into consideration how much I love the maybelline matte and poreless maybelline matte and poreless, which is such a bargain at £6.99! I have never used a drop foundation though so I was really excited to see how this worked, anything with a pipette excites me. I gave it a good shake and started dropping it onto my face which was MESSY. I got it everywhere which is no surprise because its me and im clumsy as hell. As a drop foundation it was exceptionally runny and I gave up with the straight to face application and dropped it all into my little mixing palette. I thought with it being so … wet? that it would have sheer coverage similar to Mac face and body however I was pleasantly surprised. It was so, so buildable. Saying that, when applying it I really wasn’t in love with it. You know when you apply a new foundation and you get that “god damn” moment? Sadly, no such moment happened. I didn’t dislike the finish on it but I wasn’t like jesus take the wheel! where has this product been all my life?! The end result combined with the concealer I’ll mention in a minute was nice but I did find it settled into my creases after a while and I could see it separating. As a matte finish this can often be hit and miss with me because I have normal skin but go through phases of dry. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this too often, perhaps only on occasions where I know I’ll be wearing it for short periods of time.

HD studio photogenic concealer

I expected wham, bam, full coverage mam! The name really suggested that to me! but it really isn’t, I’ve heard raving reviews about this and I would be lying if I said I was overly impressed. Like i said with the foundation the finish was nice but it just didn’t over awe me and I have drug store concealers that blow my mind away, like the maybelline age rewind. I found the doe foot applicater to be really hard and uncomfortable to use, that may be me being picky but … why? The price is good at £6, no complaints, but I probably won’t repurchase. It blended nicely, didn’t cling and didn’t dry down super fast but it was just a bit meh, I don’t have that much to say about it! I could live without it is all im saying.

Matte finish setting spray

Setting sprays are often a bit of a myth to me? do they work? can you tell? I dunno hun? I tend to use them when I go on nights out just to avoid looking like a powdery cake face but often I have relatively little to no idea if they improve the length of wear of my makeup. However this one, really did it what it said on the tin. I could tell it visibly mattified my foundation, which means maybe it would work better with more of a dewy foundation if you don’t want that matte flat face look, which im sure you don’t! But if you’re after a mattifying spray I really would recommend this! although when I picked it up i thought maybe it was the travel size however i was informed it’s not! 60ml seems a bit small but who knows? the application is nice and doesn’t just spit at you, it’s a really nice even mist. As I said, I would recommend this spray for anyone who really just wants a no-nonsense mattifying setting spray. The price of the spray was £7 which to me, is pretty reasonable!

Black Eye and eyebrow pencil

yikes, don’t know about eyebrow pencil but as an eyeliner it certainly does the job. I don’t really wear eyeliner that much, I think I may have PTSD from the black panda eyes of my 14-year-old self! But I have decided to try to incorporate it back into my makeup, especially when summer is over and my eye looks will be much darker and vampy! I really liked this pencil, It didn’t transfer or disappear from my waterline! I think at £3.50 it is a steal! I will for sure repurchase this when it runs out!

Lip liner in hot red and matte lipstick in pure red

The perfect red lip combo is a must for summer, am I right? One of the things that encouraged me to wanting to try NYX out was the claim that their lip liners were one to challenge macs at a heavily reduced price point, big claim. Yet, I have to agree with this, it was creamy yet sturdy, no smudging on application, winner. The lipstick was ok, it was a matte finish and was pretty pigmented but I wasn’t in love. I found it to be more pinky than a pure red as well, which was a tad annoying. Saying that, it’s a drug store lipstick, what did I expect? I will definitely going back for more lip liners and I would say I would reach for the lipstick again. The lipstick cost £7 which isn’t a lot but I have had better for cheaper and the liner was £4, which I am here for.

Soft matte lip cream in stockholm

This is one of the products I have previously purchased from Nyx, like I said, the formula isn’t my fave but they do the job. This colour is a lovely peachy nude and is the perfect chuck in your handbag and go product. I find they can be a bit drying but if you exfoliate properly before you use them you should have no issues. The price is reasonable at £6 and I no complaints from this gal.

So, because I have hordes of makeup and not enough storage, a lot of it is tucked away in boxes and I couldn’t seem to find this for a picture! Apologies! Worst blogger!

Worth the hype mascara

Because I spent over a certain amount of money (I can’t remember what sorry folks) I received this travel sized mascara as a gift! I tend to stick to maybelline mascaras because they’re absolutely bomb and cost you next to nothing but it’s always fun to try out others right? so does this stand up to its name and is this really worth the hype? not at all. it fell a bit flat for me if I’m honest, I don’t think it really did anything. The wand was nice but the formula was just that bit too dry! I don’t think I will even keep this product it might just go in the bin!

So my overall thoughts of Nyx as a brand? some hits and some misses, as with all drug store brands! Do I still think it is pricey for a drug store brand? yes and no! I think I am going to have to buy the palette to see if it is £18 good! I loved the primer, eye and lip liner so I will definitely be investigating into the brand further! Hope you enjoyed my haul and found it useful! What other brands do I really need to be checking out? let me know in the comments!

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L’oreal Back to Bronze Review

Bronzers are such a touchy subject for me, I often struggle to find ones I love and have pretty much been repurchasing Hoola by benefit for the past 4 years! Like every makeup addict I don’t feel happy with just the one product! I need more! So when I saw the 3 for 2 offer in superdrug I decided to try out the L’oreal Back to Bronze. It appealed to me immediately due to it being warm toned but not too orange and also because it was a matte bronzer so there are no glittery specs! All about the natural bronze!

The Back to Bronze is from L’oreals Glow range which I am kicking myself for not getting the rest of the products in the deal! I am trying really hard to not buy anymore makeup because I am off to Spain next week and will be hitting up sephora so watch out for that haul! Anyway should I probably review the actual product?

The product itself applies beautifully and is so buildable. Like I said the colour is a gorgeous warm tone and it doesn’t go ashy grey like sooo many other drug store bronzers can. Again, the matte finish has no shimmer to it but still provides a beautiful glow! I contour with the Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour palette and with this bronzer they make a perfect combination! If I am going for a more natural look I just apply the bronzer where the sun naturally hits my face such as the cheeks, forehead and chin. If you like a sun-kissed or even a deeper bronzed look I think this product is great to achieve both.

The packaging is nice, appropriate for the price point if you catch my drift. I didn’t even realise that it had a brush compartment on the underside of it until a few days into using it! Talk about dense! I can’t review the brush for you because I tend to stick to my own as I’ve had bad experiences with the free brushes in makeup! However for 8.99 that is a nice touch!

The only issue I would say is that this is the only shade available, so although it is buildable it isn’t massively inclusive which is bad form from L’oreal. Saying that, I really do think I will be repurchasing this product again. I like it just as much as my hoola and at pretty much half of the price I may be converted! Thanks for reading my loves! Also a little mention that I am almost at 1k on instagram! Which is insane to me, in about 7 months of blogging I have achieved way more than I ever thought I would and I am beyond grateful! Thanks you so much to all you I appreciate each and every one of you so much!

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Soph does nails X revolution

So I have had this palette for quite a while and it is mental that I didn’t review it! I claim to be hunting beauty bargains on a budget yet here I am, ignoring one of the best brand and influencer collaboration on the market! Better late than never, right gals?

If you don’t know who Soph is she is a British youtuber who does amazing videos, she is so down to Earth and unlike many youtubers who get a substantial amount of followers, she sticks to her roots and doesn’t bathe in La Mer. This palette is Soph’s first collab with the drug store champions Makeup Revolution and she has just released her second which I am currently waiting for the delivery on! I took a quick snap of this palette a few days ago for the gram and it was my highest engaged photo to date! Over 300 likes! I know it may seem like a small number to some but to me it feels like thousands! Soph herself liked it so I had celebratory wine with my mam! We would have drunk the wine anyway but doesn’t it make you feel better when you feel like you have earned it and aren’t just borderline alcoholics?!

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I. was. shook.

anyway I should probably review the product for you!

Packaging

For ten pounds, the packaging quality is pretty good! Its peachy matte against the glossy branding is really pretty and I believe Soph designed this herself. I will say the packaging has gotten dirty easily but all of my palettes get dirty, so it could be me being a grotty bitch or it could be the matte finish. The names of the shades are on a separate plastic sheet however I lost that in 0.01 seconds, that doesn’t bother me hugely but if that is something you like to be included on the packaging that may gripe you! IT COMES WITH A MIRROR. If you read my Jaclyn Hill review you will know I was pissed at the lack of mirror for that price point, but for ten pound MUR and soph have made a palette with a good quality mirror? Hun you can stay. You get 24 shades in total, 14 matte and ten shimmers, which I personally think is a great ratio if you have a preference for either of those finishes.

Swatches

As I always say, swatches are not the greatest way to make your mind up about a product, sometimes they can swatch chalky but apply pigmented and vice versa, you get my gist? But it is always nice to have an idea of what the shades look like on skin!

 From top to bottom: Penguin, Pancakes, Fairy Lights, Pink champagne, Iced Coffee, Cuppa tea Grow Old, Sparks Fly, Smokey bronze, Mixed berries, Tiramisu, Peaches Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Pine tree, Petrol, Pug, Danger (omg ignore my jessie pyjamas! Embarrassing!) Strawberry sweets, Festive flame, Copper coin, Mug Cake, Rosewood, Nightmare

As you can see the shimmers are so beautiful! So stunning and will look amazing on a halo eye look. The majority of the mattes look really pigmented and there are a few that look ever so slightly chalky but for ten pound, does it matter? I found that the swatches for these do actually apply similarly to with a brush upon application, Some need building but the majority blend like a dream.

Overall thoughts

It took me a while but I am falling in love with this palette and I can’t wait for soph’s latest collab to arrive! I will also be reviewing that soon and I promise not a year after its release! I 100% recommend purchasing this palette, it has so many shades that make it so versatile. For ten pounds it knocks a lot of more expensive and high-end palettes out the window. I think this will be great if you are a newbie to eyeshadow and even the more experienced! You can purchase it at superdrug and revolution beauty, online and in store!

Thanks for reading so much my angels, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the love and support! Never did I imagine when I started blogging six months ago that people would enjoy my content and the love I have received has been overwhelming. love you loads and loads and loads!

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Pre Tanning Routine

 I am back after a month-long hiatus! hello my lovelies, I have missed this so much! How does one blog? how do I do this? someone give my head a shake! I did intend to have a post up a few days ago which was supposed to be a review of the Kat Von D eyebrow pencil I was gifted, but your gal changed her mind about publishing it when all the dram’s occurred of her being an anti-vaxxer due to her vegan lifestyle, which is a hell nah in my books, is Polio vegan kat?

Anyway! I was a bit stumped about what to post and I ummed and ahh’ed because although I have purchased some new bits, none of them are new released products and I don’t know if people would still be interested? yes? no? Maybe so? Let me know in the comments! So I was just Zoflora-ing (btw obsessed with these cleaning products, lame? I don’t care) my shower as I had just scrubbed some rather tiger bread looking tan off which had accumulated into a little orange puddle on the floor, when I thought I would let you know how I prepare for my tan. This isn’t rocket science and these are the steps literally everyone uses to prepare for tan but from what I have seen on social media, those that aren’t in the know can find it daunting, so this is just for those that find it a wee bit scary and maybe a product recommendation for those tanning veterans.

I don’t have a particular day in which I tan but I do make sure I start my preparations two days before my intended application. I will just break it down step by step for you huns.

Step 1  

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate. Removing all of the dead skin and evening out all the pigmentation is so important for a beautiful, even looking tan. You can exfoliate your skin wet or dry but I prefer to do in the shower with exfoliating gloves combined with a body polish. The gloves I get from primark for like one pound or something silly! They have been my ride or dies for years now and I don’t see the point in splashing out on expensive ones! My current favourite body polish that I am obsessed with is this no7 beautiful skin perfecting body polish, if you’re looking for a deep, deep exfoliator this isn’t the product for you, I personally like to use this slightly kinder version of an exfoliator due to my use of the gloves too and I don’t want to be too harsh on my skin. I just scrub my whole body in circular motions and jobs a goodun. If I am scrubbing off previous tan, like I said, I do this two days before I intend to apply because sometimes those stubborn patches just won’t shift. If this is the case the next day I just do a spot exfoliate and that normally gets all of the left over tan off.

Step 2  

Cleanse baby cleanse. What can I say here? have a wash you scrub? jokes. Cleansing your skin after an exfoliation is just a nice way to prepare for your tan and can help soothe it after you’ve just given it a good bashing. I am currently enjoying this sanctuary spa body wash, it leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and smells divine!

Step 3 

Moisturising your skin before tan is so, so important. If you’re not careful your tan will stick to your dry patches and you will be looking patchy AF, not a good look! I am literally so excited to share this product with you, it is honestly game changing. The Sanctuary spa in shower moisturiser has saved this lazy gals life. You literally turn the water off, rub over your body like a normal moisturiser, get out and towel dry off. It makes me skin smell like heaven and leaves it so soft. I honestly used to be bad with moisturising my body because I find it such a ball ache, once I am out the shower I tend to be going to bed or rushing to work and a lot of moisturisers need time to settle into your skin but not this one! As well as this moisturiser I do use a thicker one to do my knees and elbows to ensure my tan doesn’t cling to these patches! Remember you want to tan a day after you have finished these steps, not on the day!

If you’re wondering why I haven’t included facial preparation it is because I never apply tan to my face, not even facial tan. The thought of something sitting on my facial skin for so long makes me feel a bit queasy but I do use a tanning water on my face, when I can remember!

Thank you for reading dolls, I am excited to get back into the blogging community and shower you all with some new content! Don’t hesitate to boss me about and let me know if you want anything reviewing in the comment section!

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Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation Review

Hey girlies/boys,

I feel like I haven’t posted in ages? The combination of the hot weather and Uni took all my time up and if you went looking for me, I was probably in the beer garden! This post was something I was desperate to do because if you read my blog, you know I’m on a mission to fulfill my makeup addiction on a budget, failing by the way, high-end is still sneaking into my basket, looking at you the hourglass foundation stick!

So makeup revolution  has recently been bringing its A Game to the drugstore market by releasing new products left right and centre. They brought out their own foundation stick (I know you already know, but just in case you didn’t know, even though you do) The concealer that the world and its dog seemed to love, was a bit of a flop for me, so I was hoping that the foundation would be a different matter and be my all time new fave drugstore base layer, pushing the maybelline fit me right off of the podium.

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First Impressions

The packaging is bomb, let me just say that first, it is matte rose gold goodness and feels way more luxurious than its five pound price point. It is deffo for the gram worthy. I bought the shades F1 and F7 because I tend to mix and match all of my foundations, so F1 will help me lighten and F7 is for when I am tan. I believe they have 18 shade ranges which is amazing, everyone deserves to feel included in the beauty community so hats off the MUR.

Application

The product is so, so, so creamy. Foundation sticks can be quite dry and tug on your skin but none of that occurred. I tried out half of my face with a buffing brush and half with a beauty blender, the buffing brush was definitely the better option as the product didn’t blend out amazingly with my blender. Saying that I definitely needed to push it into my skin with the blender after I had applied with a brush as there were a few bristle marks across my skin. The coverage is supposed to be medium to full but it for sure is more full coverage, which I am not complaining about, fake it till you make it right? The finish is dewy, hella dewy, too dewy. I was loving it up until I had finished blending it out. Like, grease is the word. For the sake of science I was like Anna power on, let some huns know what the deal is and keep it on. So I did because I care and I was not about to waste ten pounds because I am a cheap bitch.

Wear-time

After I had powdered here, there and everywhere – which is something I do not do by the way! I don’t have oily skin and my foundation never ever shifts around my face so powdering is unusual. Too blessed to be stressed – I was like ok, this isn’t so bad, it still looks pretty but I could definitely feel it on my skin which is an ew from me. Me and my boyfriend went out to the pub that day and after a few too many, I went to the toilet and had a look in the mirror… holy shit. It was awful, my face was literally so shiny and I had lines from where my nails had brushed against my skin?! Gross.

Over all thoughts

It is a no from me. Sadly I am not the girl to carry around powder literally having to blot my face every ten seconds and with how thick it felt on my face, girl bye. It is such a shame because the coverage and formula feel so good on application, plus they’re five pound so that would have been such a bargain! I’m so sad! If it worked for you can you please please help a sister out and let me know your tricks? I am desperate to get on the makeup revolution base layer hype but I am struggling!

Thanks for reading angels! Love you byeeee

superdrug & primark haul

I went into town to get my best friend a birthday present and whilst I was shopping I kept seeing things and thinking “do you know who would like that?! Me.” No present’s have been purchased but my bank account is a little bit lighter! I really enjoyed my last haul so I thought I would share my purchases with you all again!

I was in desperate need for some more makeup storage because at the minute my draws and dressing table are a mess! So to help the load I bought this copper basket from primark which was around 3 or 4 pounds but because I am very clever I threw the receipt away, so I can’t remember! I also stocked up on some nails, you know the drill, I’m currently wearing the pink ones and having to type with the ends of them they’re so long! ratchet nails speak to me.

 

img_0855.jpgI can’t go into primark without picking up earings and I am obsessed over the tassel ones! plus the ones in topshop are about 15 pound and I’m not about to break the bank over something I can get in primark for 2 pound! When the testing primark makeup was doing the rounds on youtube, I kept seeing this palette and a gold highlight is abitta me but every time I went into the store they were all ripped open and had finger marks in all of them, which makes me feel a bit ill! I thought I was onto a winner with this one but when I took off the plastic cover I realised someone had literally dug their finger into the blush shade and I was pissed. Who even swatches like that, the uncultured swine. The palette retails at 5 pound and I think that is great value, I was so shocked at how pigmented they are!Ignore my pale skin and bad nails! I fixed all that after I made my boyfriend take photos! This was an unintentional purchase! I meant to buy the spray and didn’t realise until I got home that it was micellar water! How annoying! I haven’t tried it out yet as I still have another bottle to finish but it did smell amazing. It cost 2.99 which is so good and this range is so good, If you haven’t tried any of it I really recommend it.

 If you read my conceal and define review you will know I wasn’t the biggest fan but i decided to try out the foundation stick regardless. I got the shades c1 and c7, c1 is to lighten up any foundations that are a bit too dark for me and c7 is a pretty good match to my tan. They were five pound each and I can’t wait to review them as I’ve seen so many mixed reviews, I wonder how I’ll get on!These two were just a restock for me, the eye cream is so good and like I said at 2.99 the price point is amazing. The lasting perfection used to be one of my all time drugstore faves and I decided to stock up on it again!If you don’t know the benefits of coconut oil then I question if you have been living under a rock! My hair took a battering as a teenager, bleach and extensions literally frazzled the life out of it, coconut oil is probably the reason I have any hair left! It’s also so good for your skin and there is nothing I love more than just rubbing it all over my body and falling asleep smelling so good. These pots last for ever as well and at 2.49, you can’t go wrong.

 Stocked up on eyelash glue, need I say more? The colour b4 is to strip my ends from a build up of black so I can start the process of going lighter for summer! It stank of rotten eggs but it got rid of all the colour so I am really happy! It did dry my hair out but luckily my coconut oil came in handy! I did get a few bits of clothing but I’ll leave them to instagram! These sock boots were in the sale for ten pound and I think they’ll be great for casual day wear! Forgive the photo! Student houses aren’t the best backdrops!

 

Thanks so much for reading my lovelies! Hope you had a good nose at what I bought! Let me know in the comments if you enjoy these kinds of posts!

Makeup revolution conceal and define review

I know, I’m late in the game but I am a very busy person who has very important things to do like rewatch all of buffy the vampire slayer. But better late than never right?!

Makeup revolution, the not so new kid on the block but the one that seems to be knocking it out the park time and time again. So when I saw the reviews of their new concealer I was game, “tarte shape tape dupe” is all I heard and if you’ve ever tried the tarte concealer you will know that is a pretty big claim to make. At a price point about 25 pound cheaper than the shape tape it was looking to be a winner.

I bought it in store in Superdrug and I was SO HYPED to try it out. I have heavy under eye creases so I was hoping it would help me cover them without making it worse.

On first impressions I was underwhelmed, it blended nicely but it was a bit meh, coverage was nice but I wasn’t wowed. Then when I looked closely in the mirror I’m pretty sure I screamed what the fuck. It was horrible. It sat in my creases and made me look about ten years older, it clung to dry areas and made it my skin look awfully textured.

I keep reaching for it and trying it out in various ways and I’m still hating it, I tried to bake it under my eyes and it did not react well with powder. In attempts to get some use out of it attempts were made to prime my eyes but again it looked like I had the skin of a 90 year old.

I would post pictures but I’m too deep into creating the social media illusion that my makeup is always flawless and I have a perfect life so sorry gals!

I personally wouldn’t recommend it and I know things work differently for other people but I don’t really see how concealer can differ that much, I could be wrong though! It’s a shame because I’m so behind the makeup revolution hype and I really wish it had worked for me!

Let me know how you got on with it in the comments and any other drug store concealer you could recommend that may save me a few pennies!