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Everyday I will prime, no matter how much make up I apply. It is as an essential part of my beauty routine as moisturising. I have naturally oily skin, so therefore I take every step I can to prevent my face looking like an oily mess within in a few hours of wearing make up. Honestly, some days my skin looks so oily I wonder if I could actually fry chips on it. Nasty image I know but its true! I’ve tried a bunch of primers, high end to more affordable and the ones I tend to reach for on a daily basis are the W7 Prime Magic primers. I always buy my W7 make up products (I have one of their palettes – which is also very good) on Amazon here
The original primer was my first purchase and over the years I may have repurchased this beauty around five times. It doesn’t dry out my skin, it leaves my skin feeling silky and allows my foundation to glide on smoothly. It does hold my foundation into place really well but I am sure there are primers out there that do a better job. It is an amazing product for the price, but take note, ‘for the price’. It’s a very cheap product so I don’t ever expect miracles. I think its worth more than its price but I wouldn’t be willing to pay more than £10 for this individually. If you’re in the market for a cheaper primer or something you can use on an everyday basis because its more affordable, than you should give this a try. If you have a look on Amazon, this product has 4 1/5 stars from 709 reviews, which is pretty outstanding. It isn’t fantastic at shrinking pores, but it doesn’t make them look bigger, which some primers have done!!
This primer is supposed to combat anti-dull skin, which I get from time to time. Skin that doesn’t have that beautiful, youthful glow which everyone and their mother is dying to have. I can’t say I have noticed a massive difference when I use this primer, but it does help a little. Don’t freak out over the colour, it blends in so well that you don’t get a purple residual left over. I also haven’t noticed it altering the colour of my foundation either, so prime away! I would suggest that this isn’t as good as Benefits That Gal, but then its a lot lot cheaper!
This primer really surprised me, it does exactly what it says on the label. I suffer from a little redness around my nose, and acne scarring so can leave my skin looking a little redder than I would prefer. On good days, I will use the original primer, but I am on the tail end of a break out then I opt for the anti-redness primer. Again, this doesn’t change the colour of your foundation so don’t worry about that.
I would have to say overall, that these are pretty good primers, I would even pay a little more money to purchase the original and the anti-redness. For best results, let these primers sink into your skin after application for about five-ten minutes and then apply your foundation.
If you have ever tried one of these primers, or any of the W7 let me know what you think.
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I mentioned in a previous post that I am starting a four part segment that shows you my makeup collection. In my first post I ran through all my face products, which you can read here > make up collection part 1. Being me I am doing things a little out of order by showing you my nail varnish collection. Again, in the first blog I spoke about this post not being written to show off the things that I have, just simply sharing!
Being a little cheap I store all my polishes in an old perfume box, I like the design and its a money saver – win win!
I’ve split my collection into colours, so lets dive in a start with the pinks/purples! Although you will be able to see from my collection that I tend to have mostly Essie nail varnishes, I do have a variety of other brands too!
Pinks and Purples
Greens… and a clear
Blacks and Greys
Reds, Oranges and Golds
To add a little fun, especially if you’re not particularly talented with nail design….
Essie Jamaica me crazy – looks stunning on a hot summer holiday!
Revlon Parfumerie Beachy – Perfect if you’re going for that bronzed look!
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Yesterday I posted the first part of my make up collection, the face products. Find the blog here.
I am going to link to my favourite of the products listed in that blog for you below:
PRIMER: W7 Prime Magic.
HIGHTLIGHTER: Soft & Gentle by Mac.
Please let me know in the comments below if you would like a review of any of these products.
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Firstly, a bit of admin to attend to… please do not take this post as ‘bragging’, most of my collection is from the drugstore. I am simply sharing with you my collection. If you’re going to be offended, then don’t read!
MY MAKE UP COLLECTION
I am doing a four-parter here, where I delve into the darkest corners my make-up collection. Today, I am sharing with you my face drawer, this is made up of: highlighters, foundations, concealers, pressed powders, bronzers and blushers!
This is where I hold most of my makeup. Its a standard 3 tiered, white set of drawers. Nothing fancy, nothing particularly pretty. It does the job… it holds my makeup! I got this baby from Argos about 3 years ago and its still going strong, its not like it has gone through a battle or anything but I do open and shut the drawers quite often ;)!! The top drawer is my ‘face’ makeup drawer, the middle is my eyes and the bottom is lips!
Due to the constant opening and shutting of the drawers, as best I try, they can get a little messy! I know, I need to work on that but for the most part its pretty organised!
Foundation: I wouldn’t say I have a large collection of foundations but a nice handful. From left to right: Beautifully matte by No7, True Match by Loreal, HD foundation by Make Up Forever, Eau de Teint by Loreal, Wake me up by Rimmel and Teint Idole Ulta by Lancome. The foundations I tend to reach for more is the Teint Idole Ulta and HD if I want to make an extra effort but everyday I like Beautifully Matte.
PRIMER: I don’t dare apply a foundation without a primer first. It makes a MASSIVE difference to not only the staying power of my makeup but its appearance too! I beg beg BEG you to try out the W7 primers (shown at the top of the photo). They are literally amazing and so so so cheap. I rarely use anything else!!!! At the bottom of the photo you can see studio secrets by Loreal (left) and Porefessional by Benefit (right) – this are two really good primers too, they’re just more expensive!!
CONCEALER / HIGHLIGHTER: Now I don’t really conceal if I am honest, I find that my foundation does a great job of covering up spots and red marks that I don’t need to add extra product. What I do use these concealers for is highlighting around my centre of my face, a little on my chin and forehead too! My favourites are Mac prep and prime (top centre), Mac Pro Longwear (top left) and the Lasting perfection concealer from Collection (bottom left). Highlighting is my thing, I am obsessed with trying new ones out, but I love what I love and always find I go back to the Mac and Collection concealers.
SETTING POWDERS: For a little extra coverage and really to set everything in place, I use either one of these three beauties. I use Stay Matte by Rimmel on a daily basis (left), The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine by Benefit (middle) when I need to combat those pesky pores. Hello Flawless by Benefit (right) is great to set makeup for longer periods of time.
BLUSHER: I like myself a blusher, and when you can pick up MUA and Makeup Revolution blushers for a £1 a pop, you can resist picking up five at a time… obviously I can’t! For a dramatic look I like Flushed by Sleek, for everyday I love to use any one of the Fashionista blushes (in the small square black boxes)
BLUSHER PALETTES: They can be sold individually or in a palette, if its a blusher… I’ll want it. On the left I have 28 blush palette from Beautify and on the left is BH cosmetics 10 blush palette. Palette’s are a fantastic way to bulk up your blusher collection and they’re perfect for travelling too!
BRONZERS & CONTOURERS: People often get confused when it comes to bronzers and contourers and the difference between them. I will do a post on that soon so I’ll explain evvvvvvverything then! For now, here are my bronzers and contourers. My all time favourite bronzer is Hoola by Benefit which can be used as a contourer if you’re careful, but to contour with I normally go for my Contour face kit by Sleek.
POWDER HIGHLIGHTERS: In comparison to my blusher collection, my highlighter collection is very tiny but its all I need. I don’t tend to highlight on an everyday basis, I like to leave it to the times I really want to take my makeup to the next level. My favourite has to be Soft and Gentle by Mac.
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If you’re familiar with the youtube beauty world, then undoubtedly you’ll have watched atleast one favourites videos. For those who aren’t familiary, it’s a segment where bloggers will talk about the beauty products they’ve been loving for that month. I’ll be telling you the products I’ve been reaching for frequently throughout the weeks. Now, January seems to have passed rather quickly for me, being really busy at work and not getting to be able to try a lot of new products. I will give a quick review of each product, but if you would like a full review just comment below.
Lets get started…
This has been a cult classic for a while now… and rightly so! This sponge is amazing, you can use it for both your concealer or applying your entire foundation. Dampen the sponge to bring to life its blending abilities and you won’t be disappointed. It does take a little longer, in my opinion, than using a brush when applying foundation and you do have to make sure you blend effectively. If you can spend that extra time perfecting the blend of your foundation, then using the sponge is the way to go. I buy my online from Amazon and always buy the duo pack. Some people have mentioned they are a little dubious because of the price and sanitary aspects, however the beauty blender is well worth every penny! I’ve personally bought about 6 so that shows you something. If you are unsure how to clean your beauty blender, or any sponges you own – let me know and I can make a tutorial for you.
This is the first Sigma brush I have purchased, and boy am I pleased! I haven’t used it for long and yet it still makes it into my favourites of January. I cannot express how soft this brush is, and how beautifully it apply any foundation I have. No matter if the foundation is matte, dewy, full or low coverage… it still applies like a dream. I use this brush to apply my foundation and then blend my concealer with the beauty blender and I am really pleased with the flawless results it gives.
I love myself a body scrub and I love myself a Soap & Glory product. Combine these two loves together and you’re always going to get a winner in my books. This is a fresh, zesty smell perfect for the morning time. The scent and act of scrubbing down your body really awakens you. Its a physical scrub, meaning that there are sugars and ‘bits’ that actually scrub away at your dead skin. The ‘bits’ are coated in a creamy gel and oil that will nourish your skin after it has been rubbed. You can find this product in boots where they sell the rest of the sugar crush range.
I am constantly battling frizzy, knotted hair. The 3 minute miracle treatment has really helped de-tangle those knots and give it an extra shine. I don’t really have a hair style at the moment if I am honest, its just very long and brown… nothing exciting! I am actually going through a transitional phase, where I would like a change but I am not sure what to do. Instead of acting upon this, I am just stuck in a rut! I will wash my hair at night, condition it with the aussie product and then leave it to dry naturally. I have always loved Aussie conditioners, but this one is my favourite. It really delivers on its name, and the smell is unbelievable.
I have already blogged about the wonders of this product, so I won’t continue to rave about it too much. I will say however, that I have been using this as a cleanser and moisturiser for night time and having been completely shocked by the results. Check out this blog to read more about the oil.
Again, I have already blogged briefly about this product and a full review and a couple of tutorials will be posted soon. So I will only go on to say that I have been reaching for this product ever since I got my hands on it. I have the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but have been skipping over this to use this, it is great to create unique natural eye looks perfect for work. To review the brief review, click here.
No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation
I only tend to wear matte foundations in the summer and spring time to combat my oily-ness. However I have been really loving this foundation for the past couple of weeks, it has been a constant in my collection for a couple of years now. It isn’t too expensive, provides buildable coverage and lasts all day. No7 isn’t a brand I would normally gravitate towards, but this foundation is definitely worth a try and it also provides sun protection with SPF 15. I am not an expert on No7 but I believe it is a Boots makeup line, so check it out here. This is also the foundation I wore in my ‘Fresh Makeup’ blog.
That is it for my January favourites this month, I apologise that I haven’t been able to look into uncharted territory but I promise I will be doing a lot more reviews for February. So, if there are any products that you would like me to test out, leave a comment and I will get round to it.
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Yesterday I posted about the miracles of sweet almond oil and the wonders it has done for my skin. The oil is fantastic but on the days where I want to go that extra mile or my skin needs to be refreshed I reach for my B6 spray by Urban Decay. I first saw this product used by Sona Gasparian on Teni Panosian whilst doing a bridal make up look. It looked fantastic and I instantly knew I needed to get my hands on it. I rushed over to my nearest Urban Decay counter which happened to be in Debenhams and paid the quite steep £22 to make that baby mine!
On the bottle the directions read that you should apply the product before even moisturiser, but in Sona’s video you see her apply if after foundation and concealer. She uses it to fuse the products together and melt them into Teni’s skin. The results of which looked flawless… the very thing that got me hooked. I’ve experimented with using the spray both ways and using it twice. The mist is super fine and sometimes I feel like I have to spray it quite alot in order to cover my face effectively but it does have an instant improvement factor. I have found that this product is best used with the HD forever foundation and a damp beauty blender, but if you don’t have either it will still improve the look of your foundation. Dont worry, you can use this product both in the summer and winter with the same results.
If my skin is looking a little dull then I’ll spray this before moisturiser to give it a head start. The spray claims to reduce redness, absorb oil and decrease pore size. If they’re the results you’re after than definitely spray it before applying your make up, however if you’re looking to enhance your glow and really make your foundation look flawless, do it after. Of course, if you’re like me and want both then spray it before and after. This spray is also good if your skin is looking a little cakey or patchy through dryness then a few sprits of this will mend that straight away.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying its a miracle product like the almond oil, however it does make a difference. I am sure there are better sprays out there so I will be on the look out for them and I’ll keep you updated. However, for now I am happy to keep using this spray until it finishes. Will I repurchase, I am not sure. Its £22, which for me is quite pricey and is a product I think I could live without.
- Can be used to blend foundation and concealer creating a more natural, flawless look.
- Reduces redness
- Minimises pores
- Prevents oil production
- Spray form – easy to use
- Compact Bottle
- Quite a lot of product – has lasted me a long time
- Refreshes Skin – can be used half way through the day.
- Initially quite expensive
- Such a fine mist, do have to spray a lot!
- Not keen on the smell (however this doesn’t linger)
Overall the product is worth the money, it just seems expensive at first. I give this product 8/10.
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If it were between having gorgeous fluttery eyelashes, plump lips or flawless skin… I would choose to have skin so flawless it made others cry with jealously. Lets face it.. (no pun intended 😉 ) our skin can make or break a make up look. No matter how good you are at blending, if your skin isn’t cutting it then your foundation, blusher, bronzer, highlighter and contouring can look like a hack job. The skin is the canvas and background to the rest of our make up, you wouldn’t start painting on a dirty canvas, so wash that face. That means no mascara smudges under the eyes and no left over red lippy. You need to take care of your skin, prepare it and allow it to repair too! In the mornings, when I do most of my make up looks, I wash my face using whatever facial wash I am using at that time. I am currently using the hot cloth cleanser by Liz Earle. For £15.50 you get the cleanser and a muslin cloth. I use this once in the morning whilst I am in the shower and it leaves my skin really soft and cleans away any left over dirt. Before I apply any moisturiser I wash my face with cold water in the sink, not only does it wake me up but closes the pores opened by my hot shower. I then pat, not rub, my face dry and apply my moisturiser. This isn’t just any moisturiser, its my secret weapon. I actually use an oil, sweet almond oil to be precise. This is a multi use product, I not only use it to add moisture but to remove my make up in the evenings. Just add a little drop onto your fingers, and apply to your face, making sure you cover your entire face. At first you may not like the sleek sensation you get with it, and it may bring utter horror to you to think that your face will become an oily mess. Now I suffer with oily skin, and I would have never dreamed of adding more oil. This step however counteracts this, it decreases my oil production and my skin glows instead of shines. Once I have applied the oil to my skin I allow enough time for the product to sink in before I apply my primer. I have a few different primers so don’t always reach for the same one, so it doesn’t matter which one you use they all give pretty similar results. My daily work foundation is Loreal True Match, its blends well and doesn’t take a lot of effort. I have better foundations, but for everyday this is great. I wet my beauty blender and bounce the foundation onto my skin. If there are areas on my face that need a little extra attention I may build up coverage by applying more. I normally use 2 pumps of this foundation for everyday wear, but will increase that if desired. The gentleness of the damp sponge allows the foundation and oil to merge and gives the most stunning, glowing skin I’ve ever had. This only gets better during the day!!
This is me on the far left using this very technique!
If you’re going to be pushing your make up to the max and wearing it all day, you might want use a setting spray to lock everything in place. I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray to make up nothing budges all day. Now back to the oil – I buy my Naissance almond oil from Amazon for £2.99! YES…. £2.99 for 250ml! I just can’t emphasise enough the wonders this has done for my skin. I have always suffered from acne and scarred terribly too. This oil nourishes my skin, softens, smooths and moisturises it! Its an all rounder too – applying a little to your made up face and leaving it for 2 minutes will melt away that make up. Wash it off with your facial wash and your skin is squeaky clean but doesn’t feel tight or dry. I suffer terribly with skin that gets effected by the weather, it gets dry easily in the winter yet my T-zone still gets as oily as a frying pan. This oil has corrected that and heals my scars at the same time. You can also use this for other parts of your body. As a body moisturiser, a few drops in the bath will leave your skin silky soft. You could even apply it to the ends of your hair for the ultimate nourishment. I will continue to use this oil, its great for travelling too as it combines so many different products all in one. You may be thinking that this review is too good to be true but trust me. Let me know if you want a video tutorial on this, just comment below!
I am in the middle – Glowing skin without the shine!
Its nothing short of a miracle… Please Please Try it.
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No time in the mornings? Or don’t want to set the alarm 30 minutes earlier just to sit there blending away? No I don’t either, I have to be at work at 7:45 latest in order to be ready for my 8:00am daily meetings! So with that being said I do not want to get up any earlier than I have to, yet I still want to seem as though I am fully awake and look presentable. As mentioned in a previous post, I have recently got my hands on the Make Up Revolutions Flawless palette. I am hoping that this £8 palette will be my go-to product for work and work trips alike! I’ve created a work and school friendly look that takes no time at all!
Firstly, please excuse my eyebrows, they have been neglected for longer than I would like to admit.
I always apply my foundation after my eyeshadow these days, so that I can use my ultimate cheat which is cello-tape. Yes, I use tape across my eyes to help achieve that gorgeous sharp look, its also allows me to blend away without worrying about fall out.
After I’ve applied my tape and primer, using my finger I mixed Paper and Soft Glow which are light cream and pinkish colours. I pack this across my entire lid not going above my crease. Once I am happy with the colour pay off (Yes, it isn’t the best but remember this is a cheaper palette) then I grab a medium dome shaped fluffy brush, dip into Almost There which is the lightest brown in the palette and blend this across just my crease. This is known as our transition shade, its just a few shades darker than my skin tone and therefore will help create the smooth blended look we are craving!
Being economical and a little lazy, I use the same brush and pick up some of Smudge, just a slightly darker brown, and focus this on the V area but still blending into the crease. I just don’t go as far over with this darker shade.
Finally, and I think you can see where I am going with this, I use Pure Chocolate and solely focus this in the outer V. After I use some black eyeliner, any smudge-able liner will do, and line my eyes. I then get those lashes perky with curlers and apply generous coats of my mascara.
Pealing off that tape will reveal a very sharp line, which although is beautiful, isn’t very natural. So to ease this, I just use a clean fluffy brush and just soften the edges. Once I am happy, I then apply some Pure Chocolate to the lower lash line and the look is done!
Now down to the actual product, is it worth it? I am going to be a bit naughty and say that I wouldn’t give you a full opinion just yet. I will continue to use this palette for the whole week. It will endure the trials of a full day at work and dinner out with the girls, this will really put the product to the test. So far, the eye shadows seem creamy, quite pigmented and slide on smoothly but they aren’t the easiest to blend.
I feel a little guilty writing this blog as the look is so simple and easy but I really want to emphasise how much easier it is to create a smoky eye when you use tape.
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A pretty well known make up fact is that the more drama you bring to one area of your face, you should allow the rest to be more natural. What I mean by this is that, if you’re sporting a stunning dramatic smoky eye that could stop a car, then you should opt for a more natural lip option. This works both ways! However, if you’re like me, and you aren’t brave enough to wear red lipstick to work then you can find yourself bored with natural everything!
Looking to banish this, I have found three perfect work safe yet fun and striking lipstick colours that can make you look sophisticated, clean and classy!
I’ll start with the lightest colour: Maybelline’s Rosewood Pearl 842.
The clue is in the name really, its a pearly rose colour with a hint of brown. The hint is slight and its a more of a nude colour. Its not really a ‘pinky your lips but better’ colour, but nor is it a pale yellow that will drain the rest of your face. I have worn this colour with a heavy cat eye, and got loads of compliments. I would warn you not to wear a pink based blusher with this as it clashes and frankly doesn’t look good! I am not sure this colour would go with a whole ‘bronzed goddess’ theme either! Just load up your eyelashes to make them flutter beyond belief and whack some of this over your lips and you’re good to go.
Maybellines Velvet Beige 630 is a deep taupe nude and is honestly my favourite of the three. It brings the perfect amount of drama and va va voom without being a slap across the face. I don’t ever want to be one of those girls whose lipstick you can see coming before her, but I do want something that makes me look like I have made an effort. You can still get away will this colour if you’re in the mood to show off your blending skills and wear a smoky eye, I would just suggest going easy on the shimmer and sticky to natural brown shades.
If you’re feeling brave and think you could definitely rock a darker brown lip with hints of wine then go for Maybellines Naked Brown 757. For work this would be a show stopper and would get some attention, so only opt for this if you’re feeling brave! It also requires a higher amount of maintenance so be prepared. If you don’t have access to a mirror or safe lippy touch up zone then steer clear. If you’re rocking this colour outside of work then, yes, you can most definitely still wear a dramatic smoky look ,but with work… I am not so sure. I guess it depends where you work, but if like me, you work in somewhere a little more corporate then I would say wear this with just good few lashings of thick mascara. If I am honest I haven’t worn this to work yet but I am tempted. The only issue I have with this colour is its pigment, as with any darker colour it takes a little longer to apply because you have to be pretty perfect with your application. It can leave some patchy areas so be warned.
All these lipsticks have a pearl finish so don’t leave your lips looking dry and crumbly like some matte lipsticks can!
In the picture, from right to left: Rosewood Pearl, Velvet Beige, Naked Brown.
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