New In My Makeupbag

I took a trip to Superdrug a couple weeks ago, the idea was to have a little browse and what needed up happening instead was four new makeup pieces coming home with me.

Matt Rose Nude, Eyes Uncovered – Collection – £3.99

I occasionally fancy playing about with eye colours but as someone terrible at anything more advanced than a swiping cream eyeshadow or liquid liner spending £30+ on a eyeshadow pallet doesn’t seem good economy.

This small pallette has had really good reviews, and let’s me play with some colours I never usually use. Its also the perfect size for travel, which when I have 2 city breaks planned for 2018, multiple hen dos and a wedding is a big plus. Ive used it once. And adored the colours, pigments and blendability.

Rosie, Velvet Kiss Lip Cream – Collection – £2.99


Pretty simple reasons for picking this up; it’s less than three pound, I love the other colours I have, and a red lip makes me very happy.

Bourjois Brow Palette – Brunette – £
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I have a brow zines pallette that I love, and I want a second brow powder for the make up I keep at Matts, but don’t want to splash out on a Benefit Product I don’t necessarily need. They didn’t have a swatch option in store but I this felt like the best colour match.

The dark shade is very close to my natural brow colour, the spoolie brush and applicator are lovely (though I prefer full size brushes) and the highlight colour is very soft and creamy.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pen Black Shock – £
9.99
This I was hoping would be a dupe for the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. Application wise it’s pretty close (If a touch thicker) however the wing of my liner didnt last more than five hours before it started smudging and creasing. At almost £10 I far prefer the Benefit Product, but this is and adequate stop gap.

 

What have you picked up recently?

– Emily

Four New Beauty Bits I’m Loving


I never really need an excuse for a lunchtime browse of Superdrug or Boots, add a wedding into the mix and I have a few new bits that won’t be far from my washbag for a little while.

Birth of Venus

This Jelly facemask leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturised and just amazing. It lasts six months, doesn’t need to be chilled, and you only need the smallest pinch to cover your whole face. I was gifted a tub of this at a Lush event a few weeks back, and I’ve used it about once a week (including the night before Hannah’s wedding).

£6.95 shop here

Batiste – Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray

This came in a Glossybox a couple months back, and I really like what it does to a braided hair style. This really adds some grip and hold to a style, without stickiness like hairsprays. I only use this on dirty hair, it’s impossible to brush this out without doing damage to my hair in the process so I wash it put instead.

£4.49 shop here

Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream Cotton

I knew after the makeup trial I wanted a dupe for the lipstick I would be wearing at Hannah’s wedding day, mainly because I found the delilah version so drying. A wondeful lady in my local Superdrug helped me swatch lip products for about 10 minutes to find a close match, and I adore this colour. It’s not drying, long lasting and lightly staining, wears nicely and has been in my handbag ever day since the wedding.

£2.99 shop here

Mitchum Advanced Control Anti Perspirant & Deodorant 

With a full day of bridesmaid duties in a maxi dress, I knew I needed a heavy duty deodorant. Fleur De Force frequently sings the praises of the Mitchum Deodorants, so I grabbed one to try out. And it’s now easily my favourite deodorant /antiperspirant . It was incredibly effective, both at the wedding and during the week whilst running around with my cousins.

£2.89 shop here 

– Emily 

Perfect Summer Lipsticks

I like lip products a lot, this is actually my second favourites posts in the last few months. When I did my last shoot with the lovely Matt, I wanted to have four very different makeup looks and lip products are one of the easiest ways to change up a look. So here are my favourites: there’s a nude, a very 80s fuchsia pink and a couple reds.

Collection – Velvet Kiss Caramel – £2.99


Fleur De Force mentioned this in about six videos, and I had to buy this. A pinky nude shade, this will leave you with change from a fiver, if you can get hold of the shade. After a month of searching, I found this on a trolly whilst shelves were being released stocked.

I’m not a nude lip person naturally, and I find this product surprisingly drying. That said, this leaves a lovely understated look that pairs well with statement eyes.


Bourjoius – Rouge Edition Velvet Olé flamingo! – £8.99

I have three of the Rouge Edition range, and I am stopping myself from buying more. This liquid lipstick dries Matte and doesn’t really budge. I wore this to work with a PJ style top, In an attempt to add some gloss to the look and though the product wore off, it did so slowly leaving a gorgeous stain behind.

These products call for a Micellar Water or oil based cleanser to thoroughly, and gently remove them.


Estée Lauder -Pure Color Envy Matte 320 Volatile – £26.00


This was an indulgent purchase. I spend my boots points once a year on premium beauty, last year it was Dior, and this year it was Estée Lauder. After making my friend Katie and Katie run around boots with me swatcjing every red imaginable I settled on this highly pigmented Matte red. After getting this applied, I fell in love and brought it home.

This is still a special purchase and I afore wearing it. It needs more frequent touch ups than MACs Ruby Woo, but it is such an incredible colour and formula it more than makes up for it.


Revlon – Colorburst Lipstick Butter Candy Apple – £7.99


A gorgeous sheer red, I fall back on this when I need a low maintenance pick me up. Very moisturisinf and lightly staining this wears well. An easy, every day red.

Though it does appear that Revlon have now pulled this line which makes me a bit sad.

What are your favourite lipsticks? Do they change from season to season, or is it a continuous love?

– Emily

My Eyeshadow Palette Collection.

A great eye look will always perk up your life, we all know that. And a good eyeshadow palette makes life so much easier. But being a make up hoarder you can never just have one palette, that is never enough. As you grow so does your collection and this is mine.

Let’s start how we online shop…cheapest first.

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This MUA palette was around £8 and it’s years old but I’m sure they do something similar. MUA is exclusive to superdrug and despite the low price point the quality is pretty darn good. This would be a great start for someone who is just getting into eyeshadow because it has a great range of neutrals.

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With 3 mattes and the rest are sparkles you can make a great eye look with just this palette.

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Yeah so the name is rubbed off mine but this is the L’Oreal La Palette Nude. We all that L’Oreal make great quality products and their eyeshadows have great pay off.

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Although this is a nude palette it has some great transition colours for more colourful looks.

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This might be my favourite palette. The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is so perfect for travel and great for an understated neutral look.

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It has everything you could possibly need if you were strapped for space when packing for a holiday.

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My last eyeshadow palette is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, don’t ask me why I don’t have any of the others. Really good quality, great colour pay off and not a bad price point for the amount of colours you get.

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I love how they’re neutrals but a bit more than the usual browns. The purples and greys can really help make a multitude of looks. As much as I love my mattes, I always find myself using the metallics because they give such a pretty shimmer to the eyes.

So that’s my little collection, hopefully it’ll grow in the coming years. I’d love to know your favourite palettes and any recommendations for me.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

My Go To Make Up.

When you wake up at 6am 5 nights a week you tend to go into a make up auto pilot, what with the lack of being properly awake. So this is what I wear 99% of the time I`m wearing make up.

 

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I start with my favourite base the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB in Intensity 1.0. I apply it with fingers and apply it very thinly and it evens my skin tone out nicely whilst letting my skin breathe a little, aka you can still see my freckles through it.

 

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Next I apply the Rimmel 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter in 010 Ivory on any blemishes and then use this Eco Tool tiny buffer brush to blend out the concealer. I also use this under my eyes but I only apply a little as I don`t have particularly bad eye bags…thank the lord.

 

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Next I set all of my blemish concealing and pay special attention to my forehead with the Maybelline Matte Maker in 10 Classic Ivory and it`s a great skin control product.

 

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Next I use the Collection Cover Stick in 01 Light to go over any particularly stubborn blemishes to try and just get rid of the red.

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Lastly, I use The body Shop All in One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum and it`s a great everyday flush of pink blusher that is just a no brainer when my brain isn`t awake yet.

 

On a day to day basis I don`t do any eye make up or do my eyebrows. This is mainly because I`m lazy and it takes far too long but also as a glasses wearer I find that you can never really see if my eyes and eyebrows are done so I just skip them.

So this is what I wear on the regular. It`s fast, it`s simple and it`s effective.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

For a similar post, try Emily’s Auto-Pilot Makeup

The Makeup I Reach For When I’m On Auto Pilot In The Mornings

I work in an office full time, and as the anethisus of a morning person, my alarm goes off just after six every morning so I can guarantee I won’t miss my bus to work every morning. (I also catch a bus earlier than I need to, but that more to do with enjoying a quiet office).

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Claires Accessories Make Up Bag

I tend to carry this (adoreable) small ish makeup bag around everyday, and parr back so I have only what I really need in it. Some of these products I’ve used since I was eighteen and some are brand new.

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Products (Left to Right) : Rimmel Clear Complextion Clarifying Powder, Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner, Maybeline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer.

These are my base products, the Dream Matte Mousse I tend to swing in and out if rotation because it drys out my skin, but I love the finish and the longevity but I can’t use it for too extended a period of time. The Rimmel Powder is new, with powders I tend to buy the cheapest that’s a closest match to my skin tone. Sometimes this back fires on me, but this powder is doing the job.

The concealer are my go to’s, the Collection is a cult favourite for its high pigmentation and creamy consistency. It is amazing for spot treatments and keeping my chin from getting obviously oily. The Rimmel on the otherhand is the best most dewy under eye concealer.

And the Rimmel Liquid Liner? I’ve been using it since I was 18, lovely smooth consistency with a very fine brush. I hate felt tip liners, I can never get a fine or clean line with them. I find them so clumpy and messy, I constantly repurchase this liner.

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Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil

This is my second purchase, I love how find the pencil is and how natural a brow I can create. It also has a spooly on the end for brushing your brows, it is everything you need for your brows in one tidy slim package.

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Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti

These two have very different colours and finishes. The lipliner has a very matte finish, which gives a natural pinky colour, it was a recommendation from my friend Hannah from Tea In My Wardrobe and has been one of my favourites to date. A pinky your lips but better colour. The Colour Burst Lip Butter gives the nicest most summery colour. It’s an orange, but a very subtle orange that really warms up your skin tone.

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara

And the creme de la creme, Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara. I know people complain about how difficult this is to remove but I’ve found the perfect cleanser that removes this like a dream. It gives me the best most open eyed look, one coat looks natural and lovely and building it up gives a dramatic evening look.

Anyway those are my auto pilot products, I can apply them without thinking in the morning and know that they are all I ever need to look pulled together and ready to take on the world. I can even apply them on the bus if I’ve managed to oversleep. What are your products? Do you also love these, or do you have something better you have to share with me? Please do, I know what to swatch next time I’m in Boots!

Emily


(We’re pretty new as a blog so this should go without saying, but I purchased all these products myself. This is not a sponsored post)

For a similar post check out Sally’s Go To Makeup post

My Go To Foundations.

I have been wearing make up since I was at least 14 years old and one of the biggest struggles of that time is finding that one soul mate of a foundation. Having struggled with bad skin for as long as I can remember my foolish young self thought the best way to deal with this was to cover it all up with heavy full coverage foundations. Now that I am older, hopefully wiser, I have discovered a light coverage foundation with good concealing is a much better option for my skin. So in this post I will be sharing 6 of my favourite foundations (technically 3 are BB creams but we’ll just go with it) and why I love them so much. So let’s begin.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream 00
The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream 00

Oh this BB cream might be my soul sister. My skin has always loved Body Shop products and reacts so well to them, so when I started using this my skin basically jumped up and down with joy. Super light weight consistency, feels like there’s nothing on the skin and spends the whole day sitting under all the other face products moisturising and doing good stuff. Now along with being light weight it is a very light coverage, do not expect this BB cream to cover anything more than evening out some redness. But with good concealing it looks so natural and what it lacks in coverage it makes up for in skin benefits.

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Intensity 1.0
Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Intensity 1.0

The newest BB cream to join my little collection (bought in duty free so ever so slightly more affordable) and my current go to. This does have a more foundation like consistency and is less cream like than other BBs I have tried and is thus a more light plus coverage. I personally have never tried to build coverage but it seems like it could be build-able. Evens out skin tone beautifully, covers tiny imperfections and redness well but spots and scars still need concealing. This is more of a splurge product but since not a lot of product is needed for each application it will last me a long time, I like to get my moneys worth.

Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream
Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream

The last of the BB creams. Not much to say about this one, its a good bog standard BB cream that just does the job. I tend to use this product more when my skin is feeling a little dehydrated because it does have great moisturising qualities. Again a very light coverage that needs a good amount of concealing but for those days when your skin needs a big drink this is a great option.

Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder 102 Natural Ivory
Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder 102 Natural Ivory

The only powder foundation in my collection and the only one I’ve found myself being able to work with. I use this more on days when my skin is looking pretty good and doesn’t need much concealing. Leaves a lovely velvet finish while letting the skin breathe a bit more. It also works nicely over a BB cream for a little more coverage.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 1.0

This used to be my go to everyday foundation choice before I discovered BB creams. Good solid light coverage foundation, that can be built up to medium, but still requires some concealing. Lovely matte finish, great a evening skin tone out but became a little heavy for me for my everyday use. Now its my go to night out foundation because of its medium coverage and its wonderful staying power, I can dance up a sweaty storm and still looks almost flawless. Great colour match for this pale gal and just love love love it.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude 10 Ivory
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude 10 Ivory

Like the Double Wear Light much more of a light build-able to medium coverage foundation. Feels gorgeous on the skin as it leaves a velvet, soft, semi-matte finish. Great colour match for the pale and because of its fluid consistency is so easy to blend and thin out where its not needed but build up where it is.

So that’s my foundation/BB cream collection. Since adopting the light coverage good concealing philosophy my skin has only got better and I can’t rave about it enough. Obviously some people love a more full coverage approach but if you’re looking to dial it back a little the products mentioned are great options to try.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon.

-Sally 🙂