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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation


I love the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - what beauty blogger doesn't. It's the most raved about concealer ever. So, when I found that Tarte Cosmetics were launching a foundation, I was so so excited! 

However, as soon as they launched with only 18 shades, the negativity put me off from buying it for a while. 18 shades is such a limited number, especially when every other brand is creating more than 30 shades. I felt disappointed that the brand neglected to create a product that catered for all skin tones. 

It's quite surprising and sad as there are so many customers missing out. Although Tarte has revealed they are releasing more shades, we are yet to see the proof in the pudding. 

I'm not one to get pulled into drama, which is why I decided not to be influenced by others opinions. I made the decision to buy the foundation to review it.



Review 
The packaging is great. Really easy to apply - the applicator is amazing. It looks like a larger version of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. 

In my honest opinion, this is a great foundation. It's the perfect shade for me. Long wearing, easily blend-able and soaks into the skin well. You can create both a light and full coverage look. The foundation is very build-able but not cakey on your skin, providing a seamless natural complexion.

It doesn't work well with the Shape Tape concealer in my opinion, I found that it creased easily underneath my eyes creating an extremely unflattering look. A part from that, I love it and would definitely recommend it. Lets just hope they create more shades. 

You can watch my review here.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

Known to the beauty community as the ultimate wedding palette. I have been waiting to try this since it leaked online a few months ago. As soon as it launched on the UK website, I ordered it. It took around four days to arrive. Which is standard shipping. 

Packaging
The packaging is the same as Modern Renaissance and Subculture. Sleek, well contained with a velvet feel casing. One thing I have to say is that I really dislike the colour of Soft Glam. I know it's meant to be a light gold but to me it just looks beige. Beige is beyond dull and not really a colour I would have personally selected. However, that's just a vanity thing, a personal opinion and reflects nothing on the palette itself. 

First Impressions 
Okay, just stare at the picture for a few moments... WOW right! I am seriously loving this palette. The colour combination is perfect. I am a warm tone girl. I love warm tone shades that not only compliment my skin, but can also be worn every day. I like the versatility of the palette and it's very easy to go from day to night with this one just by adding a metallic finish. 

Shade Descriptions -
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


I found that there is quite a lot of fall out when using the shades. They are super soft so it's to be expected. This didn't bother me to be honest. However, I would recommend doing your eye makeup before you apply foundation.  

The shades are so pigmented and a little goes a long way. I would advise lightly dabbing your brush rather than swirling which I know many people do. It will only make your brush pick up far too much product meaning you either can't blend very well or waste the products - let's face it, why would you want to do that!  

First Beauty Creation
I'm loving this look! You can watch my tutorial on how to create it here
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

NYX Cosmetics Worth The Hype Mascara

I am the fussiest person on the planet when it comes to mascaras. I love my natural lashes and I want a mascara that will help to emphasise them. When I received this mascara from Nyx Cosmetics - thank you Nyx - I was super intrigued to find out whether it was actually worth the hype. 

Lets face it, so may brands over promise and never deliver. So I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been testing this out for a few weeks now and I have to say, it ticks all the boxes for me. 

The applicator is great for combing through my lashes, there's no clumping and it provides a light coverage that you can build on to lift the lashes up. 

It's definitely lengthening which is great. It's a seamless application and so comfortable to wear as well. When a mascara is too heavy on my lashes I have a horrible habit of picking it off. I haven't done that with this one - my lashes are thankful. 

This has been my go-to mascara for the past two weeks. I just haven't wanted to use another. What's great is that this is only £9 so extremely affordable and well worth the money. I will be purchasing another when this one runs out. 


I also love how easy it is to remove. There's nothing worse than a stubborn mascara that leaves you with panda eyes. You know they ones ladies! Urgh. 

All in all, I would 100% recommend this product and I hope you find my review useful!

You can find it here.
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Monday, 19 February 2018

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer


Every man and his dog has been raving about this Makeup Revolution Concealer and for £4 I know why. I've been using this concealer every day for the last two weeks to see what the hype is all about and whether or not it's actually worth it. 

Needless to say, it is! I cannot speak highly enough of this product. Not only is it full coverage, it's also long-lasting and great for covering blemishes and dark circles. Not to mention, it's cheap as chips! 

Another great bonus is that this is meant to be a dupe of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer that every beauty guru raves about. I'm not so sure it is as I haven't personally compared the two. However, if you can't afford the £21 concealer from Tarte Cosmetics, this would be a well worthy alternative. 

One thing I must say is, be sure to test it out before you buy. I purchased mine online because I couldn't find it in store. I then purchased three different shades because I couldn't figure out which one was the best for my skin tone. I always struggle with this as some shades look lighter on screen than they actually are. 

C10 is my perfect shade, and I probably could have gone one lighter. 

Overall, there is nothing bad to say about this product. It has a great applicator and it looks great on your skin. I find it very creamy and my skin absorbs it so well. I don't get creasing with this but I would recommend add powder just in case. 

It might not be a great product for dry skin because it's quite thick, but for £4 it's worth checking out yourself. 
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Glossier Makeup Review

Taking no makeup, makeup looks to new levels...


Anyone who knows me, knows that the more natural I can have my makeup the better. It's not just the ease of applying it, or how quick I can throw on a face of makeup in the morning. It's more about actually looking like myself. 

In my opinion, there is something so wonderful about natural beauty. I don't think anyone should try to hide it. Glossier makeup really achieves this look so well. It's lightweight formula really compliments your skin and the natural beauty of it. 

Here's a breakdown of what I purchased and my overall opinions. 

Skin Tint
The skin tint is perfection. It blends in well and provides just what it says on the bottle - a tint or a glow. It's not full coverage or heavy. It's very light and airy and doesn't look cakey on your face. It's definitely my go-to right now. Especially on days where I haven't slept well or need an extra boost. 

What's also great is that it lasts quite a long time. I would say around 9 hours it stays on my skin. I have combination skin, so I was surprised when it didn't cause havoc with my oily T-Zone. 

Concealer
I have never used a concealer quite like it before. Similar to the skin tint it's wonderful on your skin. It's a very creamy formula which I think you could definitely build up if needed. I found that it just melted into my skin so well and gave me the coverage I prefer. 

Boy Brow
I once said, if it's good enough for Beyonce, it's definitely good enough for me. As someone with natural thick eyebrows, I love a product that can help tame and shape them. This definitely does that. I purchased the clear version and it just sweeps through my eyebrows with ease. It feels like a waxy consistency when it's dried down. It definitely keeps your shape well and it's also long lasting.

Generation Lipstick
This is a definite favourite of mine. Really smooth on your lips with an almost lip balm feel. Very moisturising. Lovely colour, which you can build up to intensify the shade or dab on to make a more subtle natural look. Just perfect. 

Overall, Glossier makeup is wonderful. I will definitely be purchasing more from this brand. I think they have taken the no makeup, makeup look to new levels! I'm seriously impressed. 
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Glossier Haul


I feel like the love for Glossier has really blown up in the last few weeks. I'm not sure if it was the rave review in Elle magazine, the fact that every beauty influencer is talking about it or because it was discovered that Beyonce uses Boy Brow - and we all know, if it's good enough for B then it's good enough for us. 

Whatever the reason, it has taken over my social feeds like crazy. It's tempted me so much that I decided to finally make an order on January 25th 2018. 

My packages arrived on 29th January 2018. So a really good turn around postage wise. I spent a total of £66.60, and I received free shipping because I spent over £25. 

My order arrived in two boxes. They were packaged beautifully. 

Products I purchased:
Solution
Perfecting Skin Tint
Glossier Phase 2 set

I am currently in the process of testing these beauties out, so I will let you know my overall thoughts on these. However, from first impressions, the product packaging is incredible. It's simple and sleek and really represents the brand well. 

The price point is mid-ranged and I think it is very affordable. I would consider buying the sets so you can get more for your money. Especially if you want to try out more than one product. It's a great way to save some pennies too. 

Overall, I'm really happy with what I ordered. I'm extremely excited to test out what I purchased and I will do a thorough review which you can watch on my YouTube channel

Until then, if you want 10% off your first purchase click here for my code. (This isn't an affiliate code, everyone can get a code when they have created an account). 

You can watch my haul video here. 
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