Anastasia Beverly Hills, Soft Glam review

Anastasia Beverly Hills is probably my safe brand, I know that whatever the product I buy, the quality is always going to impress me.  The Modern Renaissance palette had, in my opinion, the biggest most deserved hype surrounding its release, which is exceptionally hard for a brand to achieve on a none influencer collaborated product. Speaking of which, I always struggle with influencer collaborations, other people get so excited and rave about them but I always think is the quality going to be there? is it worth the price point? if it is a pile of shite are people going to defend it because they stan?! (morphe vaults: all tea, all shade) So when a brand like ABH release a product on the quality level of the Modern Renaissance, I get excited because you can see the passion, creativity and hard work. Yet if I am being totally honest, although I can appreciate the following releases from ABH, the shade selections were not my cup of tea, until the Soft Glam palette was released. I have had this palette for so long, but my last year of university took over my life and I hadn’t got around to using it, nevermind reviewing it.

This palette looks like Lana Turner in a velvet box. For someone that leaves my house once in a blue moon, soft glam is my favourite style and it really just gives me old Hollywood, red carpet, Kim Kardashian kind of vibes. The packaging is lovely but my biggest complaint with the velvet is that it gets so dirty. This is no way affects the quality of the product but who doesn’t want a pretty and clean makeup setup? It comes with a double ended brush, one side for packing and one for blending, normally brushes that come with palettes end up in my bin however I find the ABH ones good enough quality to pop in my brush collection. The shades consist of nine mattes, two pressed glitters and three shimmers.

swatches

  • Tempera: Ultra-matte velvety beige
  • Glistening: Iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect
  • Orange Soda: Ultra-matte pastel peach
  • Rose Pink: Rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue
  • Sultry: A hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown
  • Bronze: Metallic gold bronze
  • Mulberry: Ultra-matte mulberry
  • Dusty Rose: Ultra-matte dusty lilac
  • Fairy: Multi-dimensional light gold
  • Burnt Orange: Ultra-matte deep orange
  • Sienna: Ultra-matte earthy brown
  • Rustic: Ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown
  • Cyprus Umber: Ultra-matte dark coffee
  • Noir: Ultra-matte deep carbon black

Some of the shades swatched a bit chalky, more so Rustic, Cyprus Umber and Noir, but having used the palette I can say that the swatches do them no justice and I had no issue packing/blending them in. The palette does have a fair bit of kick back, yet I am willing to forgive that due to the quality of the pigment. The palette is clearly pressed loosely in order to give maximum pigment and I didn’t find there to be too much fall out on my actual face when applying. I would recommend doing your eyes first (as any sane person should, don’t @ me) before your foundation. They blend like a dream and I found that they didn’t stick at the one part of my eye that for some reason, refuses to let eyeshadow sit properly.

Short but sweet, I love this palette, soft glam looks are my personal favourite and this is a palette that will work for beginners and professionals! You can purchase this palette for £46 at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty!

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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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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

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!

Most disappointing beauty products

I am severely guilty of falling under the category of people that jumps on beauty bandwagons and throws my money at brands without stopping to think, do I need a new foundation or palette? (the answer is yes but you know what I mean) So I obviously have also had my fair share of disappointments, that isn’t to say that the products are bad its just that some crazed about products have not worked for me. I thought I would share a few of the products that disappointed me the most and tend to sit in a draw gathering dust or end up in my mothers makeup bag.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

so wanted to love this, I read the reviews and have other Urban Decay Naked palettes so thought it was a no brainer, rose gold goodness. When it arrived the packaging was beautiful and it came with a good quality brush which is unlike many palettes so I had thought that I was onto a winner. The shades themselves are just a bit meh if I’m being honest, they are pretty but they need building up so much and the fall out is such a pain. I don’t mind fallout if its being paired with some bomb ass pigment but I’m not about some crumbly eye shadow that needs dipping into three or four times. I think at the time I paid about 40 pound for this and I really regret it, I very rarely reach for it and I am so sad it didn’t work for me

Jeffree Star x Manny Mua Skin Frost

I am not about to sit here and say I was played by J Star and Manny but … I was played by J Star and Manny. The Hype was real! Blinding, glowing, see you from outer space, just a few words that they described this collaboration as! Also “limited edition”, is anybody else bored of this marketing scheme by brands just to make you buy a product asap but then all of a sudden its a continued product? stop. The product itself … let me just say when I have to dip into a highlighter with fix plus about four times to get any glow this product is now cancelled to me. I tried so hard to make it work, I even scratched off the top layer to try and use it as a loose pigment but even that failed. All that being said I did pick up the liquid lipstick they released as well and I use that on a weekly basis, so I’m not as mad as I would have been if I had just bought the highlighter.

Dior Forever Foundation

I may as well have just set 35 pound on fire. I have nightmares about this damn foundation. The smell of it was so strong on the skin it almost gave me a headache, it oxidised within minutes and it shifted around my face no matter what primer I used. The coverage wasn’t great but buildable if I wanted a cake face and I really was shocked because Dior normally hit it out the park for me. I occasionally dip into it now if I’m mixing it with a foundation too pale for me but thats the only time I reach for it now.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

This is a strange one because this product used to be my all time fave alongside my Mac paint pot for priming my lids until UD changed the packaging and the formula. It used to be way thicker and come out in a squeeze bottle, now its so watery and has an awful wand applicator. I’m not going to lie I’ve only made an attempt with the revised packaging and formula a handful of times but I end up taking it off straight away. Whose fab idea was it to take a holy grail of so many people and turn it into a runny mess with a pointless wand that ruins the application and doesn’t pick up enough product. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

As I am not an oily person I generally tend to not have to worry about powder, unless I’m going on a night out however I do like to bake because I feel like it just gives my face a nicer finish. Mac as a brand tend to be a pretty safe bet when spending your money so I was really surprised when this didn’t work for me. I knew that as it contained silica that there would be flash back but I didn’t buy it with the intention of having a photo shoot so that wasn’t the issue. The real problem was that it removed my concealer from under my eyes and made my skin look dry and patchy. I made attempts of using it with different brushes and techniques but it still left the cakey, wrinkly, patchy face.

As I said I am not saying these products are a bunch of shit and not to go out and buy them or that if you’ve already bought them you have wasted your money, its all about what does and doesn’t work for me. I love all of these brands and think they create amazing products just sadly these ones were a miss for me. Let me know if these worked/didn’t work out for you, I would love to hear everyones opinions!

Love you byeeee

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Review

Stila are not a brand to shy away from daring and bold products, you just need to have a glance at their Magnificent Metals Eye shadow to see they are all about the glamour and glitz. when they brought out the Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, continuing their trend of sparkles, sparkles and more sparkles,  I was fawning over them big time however, I have hooded eye lids and for me I just felt like it would be a waste of money, I can’t create the cut crease I would like because I open my eyes and all my work has disappeared! I thought that, as beautiful and as amazing as the gurus with three cm of space between their eye brows and lashes said they were, I held off. But then my best friend bought me one for Christmas and I am not about to waste some glittery goodness just because my eyes want to play me.

This is what Stila had to say about the product:

           “For eyes with serious sparkle, this blindingly stunning shadow pigment combines pearlescent and glitter particles to guarantee an instant head-turning look. The water-infused texture is super easy to apply, thanks to the applicator wand and dries to a shimmering finish that never dulls. Yet it also cares for the skin with conditioning glycerin, while triethanolamine forms a protective barrier between the skin and the glittery pigment, so it always feels comfortable to wear. Choose from an array of gemstone hues, from the twinkling ebony ‘Molten Midnight’; show-stopping ‘Gold Goddess’ and beautiful bronze ‘Smouldering Satin’, to the shimmering silver ‘Diamond Dust’ and exquisite ‘Rose Gold Retro’. There’s a shade to suit every skin tone and occasion.”  

This product does seriously sparkle, you don’t even need to open the product to see how beautiful it is, I received the shade Kitten Karma and it is a gorgeous champagne mix of silver and copper. In terms of the ingredients behind the product, you can really feel it when you’re wearing it. If you’ve ever used glitters before they can be really irritating and end up falling all over the face but this product applied really creamy, I wasn’t able to feel the glitter and then it dried so fast I had barely any fall out.

In regards to my worries about being unable to wear it due to my eye shape I was so wrong! They look amazing in the centre of a halo eye and I have found if I bring the cut right about where my eyes naturally crease it looks so pretty. They are blinding and if you’re not a dramatic makeup kind of girl/boy normally, I’d suggest sticking to wearing this at night, I on the other hand, will be wearing this on a daily just to go get some milk. It retails at 23 pound and are available at cult beauty and beauty bay, they are pretty pricey for the 4.5ml of products but a little goes a long way! The doe foot applicator is really easy to use and you don’t have to layer it up. I really think I’m going to invest in some more shades because they’re just so easy and gorgeous to use! They are available to purchase here;

Cult Beauty 

Beauty Bay

Thanks so so much for reading! If you have these let me know what other shades to get and if you haven’t, buy some shades and tell me then!

so much loooove

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Viva la revolución?

I swear I am having to start every blog post saying how lucky I am my boyfriend has bought me this but I AM. I told him I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and he went out and bought me a whole bunch of stuff to try, so there is also my excuse as to why I’m posting so much about makeup, my boyfriend has a spending problem!

As I said, I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and I really was not impressed, I had a liquid lipstick that literally crumbled off of my lips in the middle of a bar and I was NOT about to go and relive that experience. I’m really funny with eye shadow palettes in particular and I really just put that down to having always used high-end, drug store really didn’t have much going for it when I was younger so I was always really sceptical. So when I saw the hype over it in 2017 I wanted to know what the deal was and then I was given this bag load of goodies in December and I’ve spent about a month trying them out. If you want to know why I don’t post reviews etc straight away, it’s because I like to really try them out and there was so much to play with that I couldn’t just do it in a week.

So here is what I got and here are my thoughts!

Rose Gold Palette

The basics

So pretty. Just no words! The packaging is beautiful, it’s obviously a dupe packaging wise for the too faced chocolate bar palette, which I have and I actually like this packaging more! The dripping rose gold is so aesthetically pleasing and it comes with a mirror which I love. Like the too faced palette it smells like chocolate which is sooo nice but a pain when my nieces start going through my make up to try and smell all my palettes! It’s plastic but it doesn’t feel overly cheap, as far as plastic goes it’s pretty good quality. It came with a brush but it was one of those smudge double ended pad things so I was like cya, in the bin you go, but for what you’re paying are you expecting a top quality fluffy brush?

The shades themselves scream dupe for the Huda beauty Rose gold palette, which I actually didn’t buy deliberately, I tried my friends out before committing to the price tag and I was like eh? I don’t mind putting the extra work in to blend but it was so difficult to work with. So I was pleased to be able to have something similar that may even work better.

Testing

If you have read my blog previously you will know that I swatch purely out of excitement and I don’t really judge by a swatch as I have used palettes that swatch awfully but apply beautifully and vice versa. These did swatch like a dream though for those wondering. They even have two pressed glitter shades as well as shimmer so I was shook. It comes with five shimmers, two pressed glitters, eight mattes and one satin, so you’re getting sixteen shades in all.

On application, they aren’t super pigmented initially but they are really buildable so the pigment is there, you just have to have the time. They do blend nicely and aren’t patchy at all but I would say if you don’t prime your eyes, you need to. I prime every time and I know some people don’t but It won’t budge or fade on your lid if you do. The pressed pigment is better applied with a glitter glue like the too faced or a more affordable alternative like the nyx, but they are both so gorgeous and I can’t believe the quality of them.

I would 100% recommend this palette, I can’t get over the quality that you get for eight pounds!

Unicorns Heart highlight

The basics

As far as instagram aesthetics goes this high light is that! I didn’t really buy into the mermaids and unicorns fad that happened last year mainly because I had trouble stomaching the amount of adults running around screaming I’m a mermaid, are you babes? are you really? Saying that, this highlighter is beaut. The packaging is just like the too faced sweet tea bronzer which I would marry if I could, but its only available in American so comes out on special occasions for fear of running out. But the cardboard doesn’t seem flimsy or breakable and I think for the price, its pretty and does the job.

Testing

The great thing about this highlight is that you can customise the kind of shade you want due to the different colours in the product. When I first used it I used all of the colours on a dry, morphe Y13 and wow, it is blinding! I do have to say though it is a bit pale for me as I do wear fake tan basically all of the time but this is otherwise so pretty. It’s almost like a lavender colour on the skin and it doesn’t cling to your skin in a way that you can see all of the texture. It is really buildable but when I used it with fix plus it is seriously like being the tin man, which personally I do not like but if that’s your thing, you go girl.

Like I said its a bit pale for me however when I’m being lazy with my tan, this is what I reach for, I would recommend this and I personally can’t wait to try the other shades in this range and the baked blushed they do! It’s five pound babe. There are no doubts, go buy it.

Soph Does Nails collab palette

The Basics

First off, huge congrats to soph! She is the QUEEN of drug store beauty and her channel is great, she’s so down to earth and lovely and I’m so happy for her. If you watched her reveal video you will know she designed the packaging herself and it is so sweet. The palette itself is made of plastic but is really pretty to look at and doesn’t feel flimsy. The mirror Is such a plus for me as I tend to be up and down the country a lot so its important for me if I’m travelling to have a good-sized mirror and this palette provides that. It comes with 14 matte and 10 shimmers so something for everyone. When I first saw the shades, I was shook! Literally they are so pretty and an endless amount of looks to be made.

Testing

On my first application I literally stopped what I was doing to shout at my boyfriend to come and look how pigmented it was, I got a vague “oh yeah..” and he went back to doing what he was doing but I was still excited. Some shades are more pigmented than the others but the others are so buildable and blend really well. The shimmers are a bit more like pressed glitters so I would suggest doing your eyes first to prevent fall out, or bake under your eyes pretty heavily then brush away. I find with most shimmers I end up using my fingers so I wasn’t shocked that I had to do that with this palette. The only down size is that the shade names come on a plastic sheet which I lost a hot minute ago, so I have to look the shade names up if I want to know what they are.

Also don’t blame me for how dirty my palettes are! I daftly didn’t take a picture of anything brand new when I knew I wanted to try and get some use out of them before I reviewed them! Anyway! Go, join this friendly neighbourhood makeup girl gang, support your girl soph, spend ten pounds on a palette I would happily pay double for.

Bronze & Shimmer palette

The basics

I like a bit of a shimmer to my bronzer, hence my love for the Too Faced sweet tea, so I was SO happy when I received this. The packaging is like a mini chocolate bar, again dripping chocolate down the side, so happy there. It comes with a teeny tiny mirror, bigger brands, why are you playing? these palettes are like 5 pound? If make up revolution can sort it, I am pretty damn sure some of your charging out the arse can afford it!

Testing

There are two sections to the palette, the left is way lighter and is clearly a high light while the others is a deep bronze/brown shimmery high light. I know it is meant for a deeper skin tone but I live for a bit of shimmer to my bronzer on my forehead.

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! I went mad on the bronze section on my temple and it came out looking like I had a dodgy hair line. When I went back in with a much lighter touch it was gorgeous, glowy and bronzed. The high light is perfect for when I’m mega tanned and I am obsessed with using it on my brow bone. It doesn’t pick up on face texture and applies really smoothly.

Hot Spice Blush Palette

The Basics

Out of all the packaging and MR stuff I received, this is the only one I was like “yeah thats cheap”, when it came to the packaging. It’s not bad, I was just so hyped over the other things I received that I was expecting more. Its plain plastic and it does feel like it would break easily, so I have to be careful because I am the worst.

Testing

I was never a big blush fan but now I am obsessed and its mainly because of this palette. The shades are gorgeous and are all so wearable, they are all a mix of coral and pink so if you want seriously Rosie cheeks, these are better for those with a pale skin tone. Seeing as I’m not that pale I used these as a nude blush and they just finish the look off so nicely. I’m not going to lie I haven’t touched the two shimmer shades and have only stuck to the 6 mattes. Mainly because I just don’t like a shimmer blush. I am deffo interested in getting another one of these palettes in a different shade range because I’m loving it.

Pearl lights loose highlighter 

The basics 

Is this gimmick?!? is this a thing?! loose highlighter? what is this about? Literally my reaction when I got it. Ive never heard of one, am I behind on this? It comes in a little plastic pot similar to the Ben Nye setting powder and you get 42g, which I think is loads! When you unscrew the lid it has holes so obviously you’re supposed to tip a small amount out into the lid before using.

Testing 

ITS NOT A GIMMICK, IT IS THE FUTURE. Seriously, I am in love. I originally used it dry, it was beautiful and applied so nicely which surprised me. It’s a beautiful iridescent light gold and I am living. When I used it wet, it actually came as a bit of a surprise that I wasn’t feeling it. It kind of clung to my skin and was hard to blend out, it also showed the texture of my skin SO BADLY and I don’t even have that much texture to my skin.

I would so recommend this, I don’t know how everyone would get on with a loose highlight but I am loving it, so it’s for sure worth a try.

Life on the dance floor: after party palette  

The basics

The packaging for this is so tacky, so right up my street. The all over glitter excites me like an absolute child. Again, huge mirror, make up revolution are living their best life. It comes with 7 mattes and 17 shimmers, this may not appeal to a lot of people but if you’re a fan of a halo eye, this palette has so much to offer you. It’s again more on the cheaper side for the quality of plastic but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart on touch.

Testing

I want to go straight in and just say so pigmented. I can’t fault it. The black shade especially is amazing, you know how wish washy blacks can be but this one is insane. I apply with my finger and they last so long and are so colourful. I don’t use the mattes that much but this probably the only palette I use in conjunction with others. Normally if I’m doing a look I will stick to using one palette but this one is so versatile I can use it with so many others.

Skin Kiss: Peach Kiss Highlighter

The Basics

The packaging for this is really nice, it reminds me of a cheaper version of the Jeffree star Skin frost, which they may or may not be a dupe for I’m not sure. You get 14g  which is a pretty generous amount and it is pretty large to hold as well. Overall it looks really nice and I don’t have any complaints about it!

Testing

Shook to the core! Its beautiful! I have worn this almost every day since I got it! It is so buttery to touch and blends like a dream! In pictures its like GLOWING and its so flattering on the skin in the real life. I am desperate to get my hands on the other ones in this collection! I think its something like five pounds so you really cannot go wrong!

My Sign, Air Sign palette

The Basics

The packaging is a bit meh, similar to the blush palette, however when you paying literally just pounds for a palette does the packaging matter that much? You get 15 shimmer shades but Id say one or two feel more like pressed glitters, which is nice. The colour selection is really nice and they do remind me of the shimmer shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, is that intentional? who knows? but if you don’t fancy paying out for the morphe, I would say this is a good alternative.

Testing

I found the shades really inconsistent and obviously as they’re just shimmers, you’re limited to how you can use them. The top two rows actually worked really well and are super pigmented but the bottom darker shades I was a bit none fussed about. I do have to say the second two shades in are a dream, such beautiful pinks! I would pay the price for this palette for those two shades alone!

So! I am shook to the core! I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on Make Up revolution and have to say I am ashamed of how much a snob I was! I am desperate to try more of this brand so please let me know what else I should try!

Loads of love

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Honest Jaclyn Hill x Morphe collaboration review

Hey doll,

So I’m pretty late to this one because I have been umming and ahhing since Morphe released this one but my boyfriend made my mind up for me and bought it last week because I am spoiled and he is the best.

Firstly I’m going to put it out there and just say I’m not a Jaclyn Hill fan so my opinion isn’t going to be based on being a subscriber, however a huge congratulations to her, she is one of the YouTube beauty OGs and credit where credit is due.

So I’ll jump right in …

The basics


The packaging is pretty but a bit cheap, the original Morphe palettes are plastic and this one is cardboard so it’s not going to stay pretty for long if you’re anything like me. There is no mirror? That irks me a bit, it’s 37 pound and you get a cardboard pallet with no mirror? The colour names are on the actual packaging it arrives in and not on the palette itself, personally that doesn’t bother me but it might for some.

It has the list of ingredients on the packaging too and when I looked at them I was a bit miffed. The formula is literally almost the same as any other Morphe palette and Jaclyn basically gave out the impression that she had spent so long personally creating the formula. Obviously a collaboration with anyone is going to drive the price point up but on average a Morphe palette is 22 pound, so you are paying 15 pound more for cardboard, no mirror and Jaclyn’s name. If I were paying that much extra from a brands normal price point, I would expect sleeker packaging or a revised formula.

Testing


The palette has 35 shades with 5 rows of 7. have to say the colour selection is beautiful With endless amounts of eye looks you can create, there really is something for everyone.

When I swatched the shades on my arm I found it inconsistent, some of the shades were so creamy and others were more hard and a bit chalky, but I do find that issue with Morphe in general. Saying that, I don’t pay too much attention to swatches, I mainly do them because I’m impatient and want to see straight away.

I tried out about four looks in the week using the palette and I basically found the same issue when applying with a brush as I did when I swatched. Some of the shades blend like a dream and are so beautiful, I’d say the bottom right hand of the shades were the issue. I couldn’t get them to blend and they were so patchy but I’m not going to lie, the ones that were good did justify the purchasing of it. The shimmers though, literally have barely any pigment! You know the drill, you start off with dry brush, then fix plus brush, then finger and then fix plus finger! I was so disappointed! My shimmers in some of my make up revolution palettes are absolutely insane and they’re about 8 pound!

Over all thoughts


Over all I am going to say I do like the palette, the pigmentation on most of the shades is beautiful and they are great to blend, it is a shame some of them are hard to work with. Do I think the price point is justified? No. The packaging is cheap, the formula isn’t any better than any other Morphe. 37 pound is a lot of money to some people and I would like to have seen that extra cost put back more into the product.

Would I recommend the palette? Yes I would, it does have such a variation in shades and you can make so many looks with it.

Please remember everything I have said is just my own opinion, no tea no shade to Jaclyn or Morphe. Apart from a few little nags, I think they have created a gorgeous collaboration and a huge congrats.

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you thought of the palette!

Love love love

L’Oréal true match foundation & concealer review

Hello girls/boys

I am a bit of a foundation and concealer hoarder, having started at the orange dream matte mousse as I believe every women should, I have slowly but surely built up a strong addiction to the face base. I feel like 2017 was the year of the drug store, a few years back I would have never used drug store foundations, they were either ashy as hell or would oxidise and turn me into an orange blob. So when I first tried the maybelline fit me I was like YAS, I don’t have to fork out 35 quid for some damn coverage. Ever since I became a student I was on a bit of a mission to find more affordable make up because when I tell you I had boujee tastes with a full time wage I now have boujee tastes on a lemonade budget.

So I picked up the L’Oréal true match foundation and concealer last week and I wanted to try and get some wear out of it before I reviewed it, I’ll stop blabbering now and get on with the review.

Concealer

Packaging

The packaging for this is pretty nice, it reminds me of the nars radiant creamy concealer which is my fave of all time, so my first thoughts were oh this must be a dupe I bet it’s FULL coverage. You get 6.8ml which is pretty average for a concealer so no complaints there.

Testing

Concealer rules supreme in the makeup bag, any skin sins and it is concealer that saves the day, a fact of wisdom from me to you. So when I swatched it when I got home my face literally dropped. It was like a beige water but I was like hey maybe it’s buildable, think positive.

ITS NOT BUILDABLE AND DO NOT FUCKING TRY IT. IT BURNS. Literally! I tried carving my brows out but it was so feeble and watery I was like Jesus Christ hand me my Anastasia. Then I tried to prime my lids with it. Straight away my skin started to burn and my eyes were stinging and there was still no coverage, it was a hot mess. Even worse because I am a dunce I continued to try use it to high light my under eye and my eyes were streaming! I don’t have sensitive skin or eyes or anything that would make it have that effect so I’m thinking I got a dodgy pack? Surely that can’t have passed NB tests? Anyway it’s a pile of shite and save your money. The maybelline fit me and the age rewind are way better.

Foundation

Packaging

The packaging for the foundation is pretty basic, plain glass bottle with a pump, I like the pump a lot actually I hate squeezing foundation as I always do it too much and waste loads. You get 30ml which is again pretty bang average.

Testing

I was pretty sure I saw someone say it was a dupe for the ELD double wear which I used to wear all the time so I was pretty excited. I got it in the shade vanilla which is a bit pale for me when I’m tan but I tend to mix foundations all the time, so the shades never bother me that much. It says on the bottle “super blendable foundation” and I did find that it blended really well and it’s like medium coverage but deffo buildable. But it was just a bit meh?! You know when a foundation really dulls your skin and just makes it look lifeless and dull? I mean I don’t HATE it but I don’t really like it. I did try it out a few times because I wanted to apply it in different ways to see what the best way was, which is for sure a beauty blender. I used an illuminating primer to try and get some glow but it was just not happening.

I’ve thrown my concealer in the bin and the foundation I will probably give to my mam like all my other unwanted items! Her make up bag is full to the brim for someone that only ever wears bb cream and mascara!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to god you don’t go out and buy that concealer! Let me know your fave drug store foundation I’m always ready to spend money!

Love you love you love you

Bronze babein’ on a budget (holy grail fake tan product)

Hey dolls,

Its tanning time!! Sooooooo hands up if you’re sick of the Caspar life? double hands up if you’re living the student peasant life and can’t really afford to be running around throwing money at over priced and over rated st tropez? Do not worry huns because even if only one of the above applies to you, you are not alone and I have the answers to your pasty pin problems.

I’ve been fake tanning since i was about 15 and let me tell ya, If its been bottled ive tried it. I’ve been through the fake tan wars, stained bed sheets, weird biscuity smell (In theory being followed by a constant biscuit smell would be pleasant but alas, it’s not) and the very worst… green feet (I’m looking at you st.moritz). I’m also not a golden glow of a girl when it comes to tan, i want to be like a little crisp slice of brown toast who looks like ive spent a month abandoned on an island with no shelter and just tanning oil to keep me company. So i eventually just led myself to believe i would have to keep forking out for really expensive over rated fake tans and sacrifice whatever else i have convinced myself i need in order to survive.

That was until i saw this absolute bronzed goddess in the club one night and i was like omg hun tell me your secrets?! and she did because as women have a natural bond and we stick together but now i forward this secret on to you…  25008844_147662746004437_2219268773607636992_n                                       Before                                         immediately after i applied  (lost the lid soz)

It is the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter, one hour tan mousse in the original medium shade. I am beyond obsessed. Even better, when i bought it, it was on sale in primark for five pound. FIVE BRITISH POUNDS. Its so cheap and so freeken good, i very rarely find holy grail beauty products but this is for sure one of mine now. It develops so fast and it gets darker the longer you leave it, i tan on a thursday and it basically takes me through to the next week not even going patchy just fading. Since its still winter and i dont want to go mental on my bronze im waiting to try the darker shade out but i think ill give it a go when the weather gets warmer.

The only thing I have to say is if you’re showering before application make sure there isnt even a droplet of moisture on your skin or it will go super patchy but even if it does go patchy and someone says “ew look at your minging patchy tan” say no hun, you’re minging.

Head over to my instagram to see what its like fully developed and in all its glory! But dont forget to gimme a shout in the comments if you’ve tried it and what you think!

Love ya loads and loads,

anna