July Favourites!

Can you believe it is almost August already!? I can’t that’s for sure! It seems like only the other day I was writing up my June faves and I feel sort of bad that I have done about one post since then… oops :/

But I am back with my monthly favourites and because I am going to be a bit busy for the next couple of weeks (as I am going on holiday on Friday and when I come back I am having my birthday party and then my actual birthday and then family are coming down from London so it might be a little hectic!) I wont be able to post every weekend like I had planned however after about the 20th of August I have nothing to do so if I don’t manage to squeeze in a cheeky post before then I will make up for it with lots of exciting posts for you :)

Anyway after a little bit of a ramble I shall get on with sharing my current favourite products with you.

This month there was nothing which instantly stuck out to me as something which HAD to be included in my favourites… however when I looked through my makeup bag I found a few bits which I realised I actually used a lot without thinking about it. So here they are.

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ImageFirst is a palette which I have had for a while and absolutely adore but I often forget to mention it so I thought that as I have used it a lot this month it deserved a special place in my favourites. It is of course the Sleek Au Natural Palette which has 12 amazingly pigmented neutral shades with a mixture of matte and shimmer eyeshadows. I think this cost about £8 and I purchased mine from Amazon (or maybe it was Ebay…I cant remember!) Which I don’t think is a bad price considering they are excellent eyeshadows, you get twelve of them, and they come with a little brush and a great sized mirror which is handy for travelling. Also this may sound sad but I love the fact that it comes with a little sheet with all the eyeshadow names on :’) It just makes them seem so much nicer and my favourites from this palette are ‘taupe’ which is the furthest to the right on the top row (this picture really doesn’t do it justice but it is a beautiful shimmery salmon/champagne colour-great for all over the lid), also I love ‘bark’ which is the third from the left on the bottom row (a matte dark brown colour- perfect for the crease and outer corner) I also like that all of the sleek palettes include the shade ‘noir’ which is a matte black which is really pigmented and perfect for a subtle eyeliner look. I think all of the shades in this palette look gorgeous together and I love to mix and match them to create a variety of looks. I have talked about this for long enough now so I will just say that I would definitely recommend this palette for anyone who loves their neutrals like me!

Image Another eye product (I have quite a few this month) that I have loved recently is the Maybelline colour tattoo in ‘permanent taupe’ which I actually purchased not that long ago (I believe it was about half way through the month) so I haven’t used it LOADS of times but I have reached for it on days where I want a simple matte eyeshadow look and I normally wear this in the outer corner, blending it into the crease, with a nude colour all over the lid. I also think it looks really nice with my barry m grey kohl pencil (which I was going to feature in this post but forgot to photograph.. silly me!) I have the colour tattoo in ‘on and on bronze’ which I love so much but I wanted a matte one and I think this was the only one I could find so I hope they release more shades because I think a matte brown would be really nice as I am not a fan of the bright blues and purples, and I know that this is such a popular product because it is so good and so affordable aswell.. only £5!!! If you have not yet tried the colour tattoos I would recommend them very highly as the ONLY thing I dislike is the colour selection (aside from the two I have and I also had my eye on eternal gold so I would say get those three if your not a fan of the brights!)

ImageMy next product is the mega volume mascara from MUA which is one of my favourite brands for cheap but good quality makeup. This was the first of their mascaras I have tried and I have actually had it a long time but haven’t used it much as I have other ones I prefer, however recently I have been trying to use up old makeup and I have actually fallen in love with this mascara which is perfect for separating lashes whilst giving length and volume- the perfect combination! It really fans out my lashes beautifully and I love this type of wand as it gets every lash individually so there are no clumps :D I think this is amazing for the price… £3.. I kid you not…. honestly…£3!!!

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Ok so this photo doesn’t exactly show the true colour of this lipstick but I didn’t realise until upload time so don’t judge ok! This lipstick is from ‘Look Beauty’ and it only cost £5 (originally £8). I don’t often buy products from this brand but I found myself wandering over to it in superdrug and noticed that everything was on offer (how could I just walk away!?) It is in the shade ‘petal nude’ although I really wouldn’t call it a nude colour, more like a baby pale pink. I think this is a perfect shade for everyday especially in the summer and it is so easy to apply and is lovely and creamy and moisturising :) I am definitely tempted to go back to the ‘Look’ stand next time i’m in superdrug!

Image Ahh the famous ‘Sleek contour kit’ (in the shade light) I had wanted this for soooo long and whenever I went to hunt it down it wasn’t there :'( But just as I was giving up hope in superdrug I saw it gleaming in the light as if it was calling to me…ok slight exaggeration… but as soon as I saw it I shoved it in my basket with a huge smile on my face and went over to the till to buy it. I now see what the hype was about as it really is a perfect duo. The bronzer gives a really pretty bronzed contour look but because it has no shimmer it looks very natural and the highlighter compliments it perfectly and is super pigmented. I love it and I think I have used it pretty much everyday since I got it which is why it definitely deserves to be in this post.

ImageAnd finally a nail product, this is the Barry M gelly hi-shine nail paint in the shade ‘papaya’ which is a well talked about nail polish and I love the colour of it which is an amazingly pretty pinky coral colour (again the camera hasn’t done this justice- it looks a lot less orange and more pink in reality) I wore this on my fingernails a couple of weeks ago and I now have it on my toes (which I need to redo as it has chipped a lot..) I lasted ages and I love the ‘gelly’ finish of it as it was super shiny and professional looking. This was £4 and I actually bought it from River Island but I know you can get it for £3.99 in boots and superdrug and wherever else they stock Barry M. I will be getting more of these as I love all of the colours in the range and I think they are worth every penny of that £4.

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Swatches: Top= Maybelline colour tattoo in ‘permanent taupe’, Second= ‘Look Beauty’ Lipstick in ‘Petal Nude’, Third=Sleek contour Kit bronzer in ‘light’, Bottom= Sleek contour kit highlighter in ‘light’

So that is everything I have been loving this month beauty wise! I hope you liked it- let me know if you have tried/want to try any of these products and as always please leave any suggestions you have for future posts in the comments.

I think I might do the A-Z of my makeup bag next or maybe a dressing table/makeup collection tour… would you like either of them? Also I plan to do a couple of reviews as I have not yet done any on this blog yet so let me know if you have any products you want me to review :)

Thanks for reading <3

Izzy xxx

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What’s in my makeup bag?

Hey everyone,

Sorry I have to write this post quite quickly so I will try to keep it short and sweet, basically this is me showing you what is in my makeup bag at the moment :)

Because I change up my makeup very often, I often just grab stuff from my drawer, however when I go away or if I just cant be bothered to try a new makeup look I just go straight to this bag which contains all of my favourite and most used products.Image

My makeup bag is from YSL and was given to my sister for Christmas years ago, however because she never really used it I kind of adopted it :D

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My main foundation which I use pretty much everyday is the rimmel wake me up foundation, I talk about this way too much and I have a feeling it might have featured in a previous post on this blog already, but I love it and I will probably repurchase this as it is nearly running out :(

If I don’t want to wear foundation because perhaps I am having a good skin day or it is too hot etc then I always go for my garnier bb cream (for oily/combination skin in the shade light) I love this, my only problem with it is that although I have the lightest shade I wouldn’t say it is suitable for pale skinned people, however it is fine for me as I usually use it in the summer when I have a bit of a tan.

To apply both of these products I always use the real techniques buffing brush which I bought as part of the core collection kit. I love this brush as it is really dense and applies the foundations nicely and evenly without streaks or lines and really buffs it into the skin.

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For concealer of course I use the collection lasting perfection concealer (in shade 2 light) which I have also talked about loads so I am sure you can find a review of this very easily if you haven’t tried this already- its so good!

The powder I use is the rimmel stay matte powder (as you can see I have hit pan which is so sad but this does last ages!) I love this powder because it really mattes the face and helps to prevent shine which is a real problem of mine so it is very useful!

To apply the powder I tend to use my brush from LyDia (a brand from ebay) I bought a set of these brushes from ebay and this is the one I use the most however it also came with a few eyeshadow brushes etc which I also love.

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My favourite bronzer is the barry m natural dazzle bronzer which I use for school everyday as a contour. It is fairly subtle and you really have to get a lot of product on the brush to get pigmentation however this is sometimes a good thing as it means I cannot go over the top with my bronzer when I am in a rush! Also it looks really natural and so is great for school and just casual outings.

I am not a fan of blush as I have naturally rosy cheeks anyway so I don’t normally wear them however this one from chit chat (poundlands makeup -I know really expensive! haha) is really great because it is a super pale pink and more like a highlighter so I tend to use this on the tops of my cheekbones to add a little bit of colour whilst contouring aswell.

Also from chit chat, if I don’t want any colour on my cheeks just a shimmer highlighter, I use the highlighter in a little bottle which is great and lasts absolutely ages as you need the tiniest bit and it goes a long way.

To apply the bronzer and blush I always use the real techniques contour brush (also from the core collection) which is perfect for contouring the cheekbones and is a great size aswell.

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Swatches of the bronzer (bottom) and the blusher (top)

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I am obsessed with the Maybelline colour tattoos and if I don’t feel like doing a complicated eyeshadow with one of my palettes I always use these instead. I recently purchased permanent taupe (top left) which is like a matte grey, because I love on and on bronze so much! (top right) these are great as either bases or for in the crease and they stay for such a long time and don’t crease or fade much during the day.

Also I have an MUA eyeshadow in shade 17-matte which is just a matte colour which matches my skin tone and so I use this as a sort of concealer for my eyelids if that makes sense! I sometimes just put this all over the lid up to the browbone and then smudge a bit of one of the colour tattoos in the corner and into the crease a bit.

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Some appaling swatches: top- on and on bronze colour tattoo, middle- permanent taupe colour tattoo, bottom- MUA shade 17 matte eyeshadow.

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At the moment I have three eyeliners in my makeup bag, eyeliner is probably the thing I change up most in my bag (since taking these pictures I have already added a new one!) but I always have my liquid eyeliner which is from collection and is the extreme felt tip liner which is really inexpensive, easy to apply as it has a fine tip and pretty long lasting, this stays in my makeup bag at all times as it is sort of my staple look. I wear liquid eyeliner most days for school as I can rely on it took look good and stay put whereas with pencil eyeliners they can tend to smudge and disappear throughout the day.

However after saying that I do have two pencil liners also in my makeup bag. The Look beauty long last liner in ‘rock chic black’ and the MUA intense colour eyeliner in ‘jet black’. These are both standard black liners and I love to line my bottom lash line from the outer corner to the middle with one of these. I do this if I want more of a dramatic look or smoky eye but for everyday I stick with just the liquid eyeliner. I find that with the long last liner it is a lot more pigmented and very black however it tends to smudge a lot (it has a little smudger on the end which I don’t use very often as I prefer a defined line but it can come in handy when doing a smokey eye).

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Left- collection extreme felt tip liner, middle-Look beauty long last liner, right- MUA intense colour eyeliner. *Please note that the liquid liner is running out slightly so don’t be put off by the fact that it doesn’t look very black in this picture!*

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One thing I admit to having way too many of is mascaras, however I go through phases of using different ones. I always have a couple in my bag and often combine a few together if I want super long lashes. The two that I currently have in my bag are both from Maybelline and they are the ‘Great Lash’ in ‘very black’  which is amazing for separating and lengthening lashes whilst keeping them looking fairly natural, the other is the rocket volum’ express which was really hyped up when I bought it, I wouldn’t say it lived up to my expectations and I was disappointed in it to start with however I have grown to love it however now it is starting to dry up… typical!

DSCN9559 I also have the rimmel exaggerate undercover eye shadow primer which is just an ordinary eye primer, nothing special, this probably isn’t the best out there but it was a reasonable price and it does the job, helping to keep eyeshadow stay put for longer and not crease.

DSCN9561Some tools I keep in my makeup bag are of course eyelash curlers- a necessity! Tweezers and a brow brush are also in there aswell as some eyeshadow brushes from LyDia (the brand I mentioned earlier) I don’t know why only one was pictured but I have this one aswell as a slightly bigger one and an angled one as these are the brushes I tend to use the most for my eyeshadow.

DSCN9562 I have three lip products in my bag as I like to have a variety of shades available. The first is a lipstick from Look Beauty in the shade ‘petal nude’ which I would say is more of a pale pink than a nude but I love it and it is perfect for everyday wear. It only cost £5 (originally £8) and it is really creamy and quite glossy. The second is a MUA power pout in the shade ‘broken hearted’ which is a bright pink lip balm tint which I consider to be in the same category as the chubby sticks and Revlon balm stains- you know that sort of thing! Lastly I have an apocolips lip laquer in the shade galaxy which is more of a purple pink and is quite a vampy colour more suitable for winter however I love wearing the tiniest bit of this dabbed on to my lips and blotted so it gives a hint of colour without being too in your face :)

Superdrug Haul

Hi my lovelies :)

Today I wanted to post a haul as I went a little crazy in superdrug last weekend and spent way too much :/ I was going to do this last Saturday (when I went shopping) but I wanted to do my June favourites instead so I saved it for this weekend as I was busy during the rest of the week. (Oh yeah just to quickly mention that for the next 3 weeks I am quite busy with my catering exam, work experience and biology field trip but then I have 6 weeks off for my summer holidays so I will be posting a lot more then!) Anyway I will start with the haul now!

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Starting with hair products…

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Firstly I needed a new dry shampoo and I love batiste for this, I think their dry shampoo is great because it doesn’t make my hair look grey/white like some others do, and if I put a little too much in it is easy to brush out again. Also it literally makes my hair look so much better! I sometimes use it even when I have clean hair as it gives a lot of volume and texture. I decided to try this XXL volume one as my hair is naturally quite flat which I hate so this gives it a lot more volume aswell as improving my hair on those days where I just cant be bothered to wash my hair!

There was a 2 for £5 offer on the VO5 products so of course I took advantage of this and bought two sprays from the ‘give me texture’ range. As it is now summer I love the tousled wavy beach hair look which is hard to achieve with my straight hair. These two products claim to help achieve that look so hopefully they will do the job :)

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There was another 2 for £5 on Clean and Clear products so I bought the exfoliating daily wash and the dual action moisturiser which have both had good reviews from other people so I am hoping they help to improve my skin, especially now that it is summer I don’t want to be wearing loads of foundation and concealer to cover up!

I also got a packet of nivea refreshing cleansing wipes, I really like these makeup wipes because not only do they remove my makeup well but they are really refreshing (hence the name) and gentle on the skin so they don’t irritate my eyes which some other brands do.

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I felt like I hadn’t bought nail polishes in absolutely ages so I bought 4! I saw the barry m one (called Amethyst Glitter) a few days before and fell in love with it so I bought it at the weekend. It is a super glittery polish with turquoise, pink, gold and black glitter in it and it looks so pretty on top of nail polishes (I have worn it over a pink), I think it would also look great on its own.

Over at the NYC stand they had 2 for £3 on all of their nail polishes so I bought a bright orange one called ‘spring street’ and a metallic rose gold colour called  ‘enchanting fire’. I love these nail polishes as the bottles are fairly big and only two coats are needed for a good colour pay off.

The last one I got was from rimmel London and it is in the shade ‘black cab’ which only cost £1.99 which I thought was a great deal. I have wanted a plain black for a while even though it is quite a wintery colour, but I think it will look gorgeous with a glitter coat over the top.

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For once I didn’t actually spend too much on makeup! I bought another Maybelline colour tattoo in the shade ‘permanent taupe’ which is a matte taupe/grey colour which only cost £5 which I think is so good for a product which lasts such a long time and is amazing overall. I have the shade ‘on and on bronze’ which I adore however as it is shimmery I don’t wear it on an everyday basis, on the other hand I feel like I could wear this new one to school or just casually as it is matte and not too obvious.

I repurchased the collection lasting perfection concealer in shade 2 light because my old one had run out :( I love this concealer and I won’t go into too much detail because I know that there are an awful lot of reviews on this but overall this is such a good concealer both for blemishes and under eyes.

Because it was buy one get one half price on Maybelline products and I had bought the colour tattoo, I also bought the Maybelline great lash mascara (so it was only about £2.50 -half price) I don’t think this is the best Maybelline mascara out there but it seperates and lengthens my lashes nicely.

The last makeup product I got was a lipstick from the brand ‘Look beauty’ which isn’t a particularly well known brand but I have an eyeliner from them which I really like so I thought I would try one of their lipsticks. I got the shade ‘Petal nude’ which is more of a pale pink than a nude but I really like it for everyday and I can get away with wearing this to school which is good :D It was only £5 instead of £8 aswell so that was a bargain!

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The last three things I bought are a body spray from Charlie (called enchanted which smells delicious!), three hair bows which are actually from new look so I don’t really know why they are in this haul haha! and a pack of three stretchy black hairbands as I use these for when I wash my face at night/in the morning.

So that’s everything I bought last weekend :) If you would like a review of any of the products shown please tell me in the comments as I would love to do one which would actually be helpful to some of you.

Have any of you tried these products?

See you soon,

Izzy xxx