Bright eye look

I saw the NYX Ultimate shadow palette in Brights and knew I had to have it. My make up is always very tame. I don’t wear a lot of colour and stick entirely to neutrals. BUT, the colours are so vivid, and I was feeling inspired.

 

This is the final look. It’s a transition from yellow, into green and finally into blue along the lash line. I felt so beautiful wearing this and it is the perfect look for summer!

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  1. I started off with the true yellow shade and put it on the outer corner and into the outer part of the crease. I tried not to take it too far in to keep the rest of the eye blank for the other colours.
  2. I then took the orange-yellow collour and went back into the outer crease to deepen the yellow colour. I started to bring this colour onto the main part of the lid and blend the colour out near the centre of the lid.
  3. Taking the light green shade (second from left), I blended this into the yellow shade on the outer lid and started to bring the cover onto the lid.
  4. To add more colour, I started to blend the darker green into the deepest part of the crease and blended the colour out to the outer part of the lid.
  5. On the outer most part of the crease and lid I added the light turquoise (first on the right, second row). It was quite a subtle colour, but added a nice transition between the upper eye and lower eye.
  6. Again, to deepen the outer corner I added the darker turquoise and blended this towards the lower lash line.
  7. I had initially wanted to add blue to the lid as well, but thought a bright blue would overload it so I added it along the lower lash line instead. I applied the darker blue (second from left) first before adding the electric blue to make it really pop. I then blended this out with a dome brush do it didn’t look quite so harsh.
  8. I added a thick liner and mascara to the upper and lower lashes and voila!

Let me know what you think of this look! I’m in LOVE!

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My Roaccutane story

Generally speaking, I’ve always had very good skin. Like most other people, I would get spots at certain times of the month and when I was stressed, but I would never go so far as to say that I had ‘acne’. My skin type is normal/dry, which is not the typical skin type to get bad acne.

I used to take Tetralysal for my skin when I was about 14 (2010ish) to deal with the spots mainly on my chinΒ and at the time it did clear them up, but my spots weren’t serious. When I stopped taking it, I didn’t notice any difference.

When I started to take the pill (2013), I was sure to find one that was skin friendly, as my first pill (Microgynon) made me break out. However, the pill started to affect my mental health, so I was switching pills pretty regularly to boost my mood. After nearly 2 years of being on crappy pills, I decided the pill was not for me and opted to have an IUD fitted in the May 2015. I was told that the Mirena IUD (the coil with hormone) had the potential to cause skin problems, but I went with the hormone option as it was supposed to be better for my mood. For the first few months, everything was great: my skin stayed the same, my mental health was much better and I was feeling much happier. However, when I moved to Spain for my year abroad in September 2015 my skin went downhill fast. I remember noticing in October time around my birthday that I had a lot more spots than usual, they were much bigger and in places I don’t usually get them. The main difference was that these were big, red spots that didn’t come to a head, unlike the spots I had before. I started to get cystic acne on my cheeks which moved down onto my jaw. I couldn’t work out what was causing it! I started using a new skincare kit, but didn’t see any sort of progress.

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Β December 2015

As I was living abroad, I didn’t feel as though I could go to the doctors about this as I didn’t really know how to vocalise my issues and my medical Spanish was practically non-existent. I went to the doctors at home when I was back for Christmas and was given a topical cream called Differin to keep things in check. This did help a little, but didn’t offer me the results I was really hoping for. I did some research online about African Black Soap, which for me helped to keep my acne under control. I would wash my face with it twice a day and it would visibly lessen any flare-ups by the next morning. If I didn’t use it one day, I would notice an immediate difference.Β I started to do research online for some solutions and came across Roaccutane. For anyone who has ever looked into Roaccutane, you will know that the list of possible side effects are looooooong and pretty scary. They go from minor things like dry lips to really serious things like depression and suicidal thoughts. I was worried whether my mental health would be okay if I were to take this, but I knew that I wanted to try it. I sussed out eventually that it was my IUD that was causing my acne, but again I didn’t feel like I could get it taken out in Spain.

When I got home in June 2016, I pushed to see a dermatologist. My parents had private health care and I got to see a private dermatologist about my skin, which was possibly the most disappointing appointment I’ve ever had. Despite the fact that I have dry skin, the Harley Street ‘expert’ tried to tell me that I probably have acne because I use too much moisturiser, which was pure bullshit. I knew that if I stopped using my moisturiser that my skin would feel like it was about to crack and that the Differin would completely dry me out. As my acne was considered ‘chronic’ by the private healthcare providerΒ (which I knew mine wasn’t), I couldn’t continue to get my dermatology on privately and had to go through the NHS (which has a 16 week waiting list). I tried to get my IUD out as soon as possible (in the summer of 2016), but couldn’t get it taken out until November 2016. By that time, I had gone back to the doctors and really pushed for Roaccutane. To be able to get it, you have to have tried 2 other medicines first that haven’t worked. It is seen as a last resort medicine because of how heavy duty it is. In the meantime, IΒ had been prescribed Trimethoprim which is actually a drug to deal with bacterial infection and happens to have positive effects on acne. This actually really helped to tame my skin, but it was definitely not a long-term solution. I got the approval to get Roaccutane and started my journey in March 2017.

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November 2016Β 

Roaccutane works by reducing the amount of natural oil that your skin produces so blockedΒ pores are less likelyΒ (as acne is often caused by over-active oil glands, for people with oily skin – again, I was the exception). It also kills the bacteria that causes acne, and relieves redness and soreness.

This drug is definitely heavy duty. You have to have a blood test before they can prescribe you to make sure that you’re in good enough health to take it. Then for the first month you have to go back for another blood test to make sure there is no negative effect on you. You only get given a months dosage at a time, so you have to go back each month (which for me was super inconvenient as the dermatologists was a 20 minute drive away when I had no means of getting there). They calculate your dosage based on your weight. I was having 75mg a day which was super high. You also have to bring a urine sample to each appointment so your doctor can do a pregnancy test. From the very start they are very clear about the fact that you SHOULD NOT get pregnant while on this medicine, as it can result in foetal deformities. You’re also told you should not drink too much alcohol as this medicine already has to be processed in the liver, and adding alcohol into the equation too may effect how effective the medicine is.

The side effects were no joke.

Mine were:

  • Dry skin on my body and hands
  • Veeeery dry lips
  • Extremely dry eyes (which often led to eye infections where my eyes would get craazy blood-shot)
  • Extreme light sensitivity (both my eyes and my skin)
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling emotional over small things
  • Having a really runny nose but also a CRAZY dry nose
  • Getting really hot and sweaty very easily
  • Big nose bleeds all the time
  • Sensitive gums

I went through a few phases of having massive nose bleeds on a daily basis, including at the library while studying for my final year exams and on holiday in Rome. However, for all the side effects I had, this medicine was totally worth it. My skin instantly got better, and I can honestly say my acne has been cured. Towards the end of August, everything started to get a bit much side-effect-wise. I was on holiday with my boyfriend in Rome and I was having really bad nose bleeds every day, including once over dinner. I was super tired, was snapping at him a lot and getting really emotional over silly things, and I made the decision to stop taking my medicine. A course of Roaccutane lasts for at least 5 months. Having started in March, I should have finished in July. However, I was told that because I started on a half dosage that I’d have to take it for at least another month. That would have taken me to the middle of August, so I had done my time. After about a month, I noticed my side effects start to lessen. My dry lips and skin eased fairly quickly, but things like the tiredness persisted a little longer. The only side effect that has persisted is the sensitivity to sunlight, which is kind of annoying but if that is the price I have to pay for perfect skin now, then I’ll take it.

I have not had a single spot since I stopped taking this medicine in August 2017. My skin is better than it ever has been. I do still worry about scars on my cheek, but I’m not sure whether this is an issue that actually exists or whether it’s in my head. I know that my acne was caused by an external factor, rather than because of oily skin or genetics.

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My skin currently (April 2018, without make up)

Now I have 0 spots. My skin is completely smooth and feels amazing. When you’ve had such bad acne, it’s such a blessing to finally have clear skin. It’s certainly not anything I take for granted anymore.

I’m very aware that Roaccutane doesn’t work for everyone, or that some people have to do many cycles of it. I was one of the lucky ones whose acne was cured first time round. If you have bad skin, consider exploring Roaccutane. Do your research well, and weigh up whether you are willing to endure the side effects. They may be different to mine, or you might have exactly the same ones, but it is a personal choice that only you can make.

Things that I’ve learnt:

  • Don’t overload your skin with new products – While it’s super frustrating to have inflamed spots or a breakout, don’t immediately buy loads of new products and try these on your skin. I did this with a bunch of Mario Badescu stuff and it caused a breakout far worse than my skin before I tried the products (see the second picture).
  • Don’t reach for drying lotionsΒ – If you have cystic acne that are red and inflamed, unfortunately a drying lotion probably won’t help much. Perhaps if you have spots that come to a head (contain yellow puss) this may be a possible solution to reducing the size of the spot without popping it. Drying your skin out too much can actually be worse for it, as your skin will start producing MORE oil to compensate for the oil it’s losing.
  • Wearing/not wearing make up makes no difference on your skin – I’ve had people tell me that it ‘must be bad for my skin wearing so much make up’. Bullshit. This comment often comes from someone who has one spot every 3 months. As long as you take your make up off before bed and don’t sleep in it, and perhaps watch the ingredients you use, I noticed no bad effects from wearing make up. It was integral for my self esteem and made me feel normal when nothing else could. When I was on Roaccutane, I rarely wore make up but that was mainly because I was living in the library as I was in my final year of uni.
  • Ignore people that think they know better about your skin: From a dermatologist who wouldn’t listen to what my skin type was, to a taxi driver who told me people get acne from not washing your face, people think they know everything when it comes to acne. At the end of the day, no one knows your skin better than you do. You know what will cause flare-ups, which kind of products your skins likes and which to avoid, whether your skin gets worse in certain weather or certain times of the month. Sometimes the experts get it wrong. Find another expert. My NHS (non-private) dermatologist was far better, more understanding and had a greater knowledge of acne than the Harley Street doctor (FYI, Harley Street is private healthcare avenue in London, where you supposedly go for the best healthcare).

I hope you have found this post really useful or interesting. I love skincare and now love my skin after this long and frustrating journey, but every part of it was worth it.

Xo

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How to add a pop of blue to your make-up

Adding a pop of blue into your make-up is a hot new trend this summer!

You may have seen the KKW x Mario palette, which includes a beautiful bright blue. As a part of the launch, all the guests were asked to wear blue somewhere in their make-up. Many of them opted to wear blue all over the lid, which can take some serious guts and is definitely not for everyone. BUT there is a way to add a pop of colour without going too daring.

Eyeshadow on the lash line

Some of the influencers at the KKW x Mario party went for this softer look instead. It’s certainly less of a statement than blue all over the lid, but still offers that beautiful pop of colour to draw attention to the eye. And it’s super easy! My favourite eye shadows for this are from NYX or Makeup Geek.

Take a small domed brush and take a good amount of product. Tap off the excess. Be aware – if there is fall out onto the cheeks, you’ll have to work out how to cover up blue splodges under your eyes! Either do your eyes before your face make up or put some extra powder under your eyes to wipe away once you’ve finished. Bring the colour from the outer corner of your eye in towards the inner corner. Maybe bring it three-quarters of the way in. If you really want to add some drama and dimension, take a darker colour (brown, blue, black) and smoke it out on the outer corner of the eye. What I really like to do is add a lighter turquoise blue from just before the inner corner back into the middle of the lash line to really pop! For this, my favourite colour is Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Mermaid.

This gives you a nice pop of blue to make your make up summer ready!

Eyeliner

This is your chance to really make your upper lash line pop! And it looks banging.

I was actually so pleased with how this came out! I am usually so bad at winged liner, but I somehow managed to pull this one off and it’s soooo wearable! Instead of following your upper lashline (which goes down), follow the line of your lower lash line (which goes up) to get a nice wing. Make it as thick or thin as you like. I added this on top of today’s work make up (which has lasted SO WELL, YAAAAS) and the blue really complimented the warm shades already on my eye.

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These are just some selfies taken on my phone cause I was feeling myself lol

Mascara

This one is super easy to do and reminds me of when I was about 12. Bright mascaras are back on the rise, and I am here for it. A friend in the office recently gave me a bright blue mascara she had bought accidentally so I tried it on at work. Everyone gathered around and gave nods of approval about how surprisingly wearable it was. It added a pop of colour without overwhelming the eye or making it look like something out of Avatar.

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These ways are much more wearable ways of adding a pop of blue, rather than going crazy with blue shadow on the lid. Let me know what you think!

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Spring time makeup look

I’ve been feeling really inspired by the blossom that’s in bloom everywhere at the moment, and so created this look. It features a pink/coral halo eye with yellow winged liner, rosy pink cheeks and a pinkish coral lip. Scroll down to see how I got this look:

Eyeshadow:
I set the concealer on my lid with a skin tone shadow. I started by applying Chickadee by Makeup Geek to my outer corner and crease before blending it in. I then took this into the inner eyelid, making sure to leave the middle of the lid blank. I then applied Tuscan Sun in the same areas to add a little extra depth and add warmth.

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Then taking the NYX Ultimate brights I took the coral-pink shade in the second row with a smaller tapered brush and applied the most pigment to the outer corner and started to blend out and into the crease.

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In the area that I left blank, I took some concealer on a flat brush and went over the area and carved out upper part of the lid. Then, I applied Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek (which is a beige/gold colour) to add some shimmer! To blend the into the rest of the matte shades, I used the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Strawberry Milk.

Liner:
For the winged liner, I took the NYX vivid brights liquid eyeliner in yellow and applied a few coats to really build up the colour. To still give the lash line some definition, I applied a black liquid liner close to the lash line. Then I coated my lashes with the Maybelline Temptation mascara.

Lower lash line:
For the lower lash line, I put Chickadee on the inner lash line to the middle of the lash line. I then took Tuscan Sun for the outer crease and blended the two shades together in the middle of the lash line. Then I put the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on my lower lashes.

Cheeks:
I skipped bronzer on my cheeks but applied it around my forehead and on the sides of my face. I went into a Revolution blush palette in Blush GoddessΒ and picked up two shades – a brownish/pink and a bright pink (middle two shadesΒ on the bottom row)Β – and applied the colour most heavily on the apples of the cheeks before sweeping it back.

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Lips:
I applied the NYX lip pencil in Peekaboo Neutral before applying a light layer of Creme Cup by MAC. With my finger, I applied some of the brownish/pink blush colour to warm up the colour of the lips a little more.

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I felt very out of my comfort zone doing this look, but I think it actually turned out really well!Β What do you think of this look? Let me know what you think on here or on my Instagram!

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My go-to make-up

My go-to make-up style is full coverage, with glowy, bronzy skin and a fairly natural eye. Even though this is a pretty natural look, it takes a lot of work! Here’s how I get my go-to look:

PRIME:
I apply Mac Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage and Make Up Forever Step 1 Primer in Hydrate, leaving it to sink in before applying foundation.

FOUNDATION:
My favourite is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in shade 02 Fair. It gives the skin an amazing glow, and has lovely buildable coverage without looking orange and cakey. I take one pump which usually gives pretty decent coverage, but I often take another half pump to cover the redness on my cheeks that peeks through. I use a thick bristled brush (Morphe 439) to buff this into the skin. Using a brush will give more coverage than a beauty sponge.

CONCEALER:
I take the Collection Lasting Perfecton concealer in 1 Fair. I apply it in a triangle shape under the eyes, in three lines on my forehead (from between the eyebrows going upwords), on my nose to correct redness, a little to my cheeks and on my chin. Then I take either the new lighter shade of the Collection concealer (0 Very Fair) or the Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral and put a little under the eye, on the forehead, down the nose and on the chin to give my face a little more dimension. I use a Beauty blender to blend this in with the foundation and make sure that the foundation has no streaks and sits nicely on the skin.

POWDER:
Using a stippling brush, I apply Nars Soft Velvet Loose Powder so my skin feels a bit more matte and less sticky, making sure to pay particular attention to powder my eyebrows so the brow pencil sits better.

BROWS:
I usually do my brows after I’ve powdered and before blush and bronzer. I use the NYX Microbrow Pencil in Ash Brown. I start by outlining the shape of my brow on the underside. Then I outline the top side, and start to make hair like strokes from the front towards the back of the brow. I use a brow powder to go over the entire brow to match it to my hair colour and to make the brow look sharper. I think finish things off with the NYX Clear Brow Gel, combing the hairs at the front of the brow up, and the hair at the end down to keep the perfect shape.

EYESHADOW:
I always like to set my eye with a skin colour shade before I start, my favourite is Vanilla Bean from Make Up Geek. I then like to take Beaches and CreamΒ and put some warmth into my crease. Using a more tapered blending brush, I start to add dimension into the outer corner and crease by taking Malt and Quarry by MAC. If I want to add any more drama, then I apply more Quarry, but I like to keep my eye looking quite neutral and natural. I then take Shimma Shimma by Make Up Geek to add a pop of shimmer to my inner eyelid.

MASCARA:
My favourite mascara is Benefit Roller Lash. It is great for curling the lashes up, and making them nice and thick. Even if I don’t curl my lashes, my lashes still stay nice and curled up.

LOWER LASH LINE:
To make my eye look bigger and more defined, I like to use a cool toned darkish brown on my lower lash liner. I then use the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Eye Cheat, which is a creamy/nude shade to brighten the waterline and to look more awake. I then use Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara to coat my lower lashes. I find that this makes my lashes look really good, but also doesn’t leave that suuuuper annoying black mark underneath your eyes when your mascara touches the area under your eye.

BLUSH:
For blush, I love the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Trippin’. To make the Fenty Beauty blush work, I don’t apply it straight to the skin as it removes the base. I warm the product up with my fingers first and then tap it into the skin, starting on the apple of the cheek for the most colour pay off, and move it backwards towards the top of the ear.

BRONZER:
To bronze, I have always used the Make Up Geek Contour in Love Triangle. Even though it is technically a bronzer, it is warm enough to be the perfect bronzer for my fair skin! Make Up Geek products are super reasonably priced and the ‘contour’ shades take into account warm and cool skintones, so it’s to find the perfect shade for you.

HIGHLIGHT:
As my highlight, I like The Balm’s Mary Lou-manizer. It’s a gorgeous gold colour that is not too dark on pale skin.

LIPS:
I aaaaadore a pinkish-nude lip. My go-to combination is Mac Lip Liner in Whirl and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Ex-Girlfriend. To make it a little more glossy, I love the Jouer Lip Topper in Frost.

TO SET:
To finish everything off, I spray my face with Mac Fix + and fan my face dry. I do this once I’ve finished all of my make up, rather than just my skin.

And there we have it! My everyday make up look that still consists of a ridiculous amount of products (:

What is your go-to make up look? Leave a comment on here or on my instagram!

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Full face of forgotten favourites/rarely used products

It’s super easy to get into a routine of wearing the same products day in, day out. I went through my make up collection recently and found so many old gems that I had forgotten I even had, or stuff I had bought on impulse and never used. I’m going to compare these to my favourites I use everyday, and see whether there was a reason I stopped using them!

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Foundation – Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation in 117/Y225
Concealer – Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly
Powder – RCMA No Colour Powder in Translucent
Blush – Nars Orgasm blush
Bronzer – MUA MosaicΒ bronzer
Highlighter – Sleek highlighting palette
Eyeshadow – Morphe 35T palette
Lip pencil – Nyx Peekaboo Neutral
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick

Foundation/Concealer
I love the Make Up Forever HD foundation and it just fell out of the regular foundations I use because I tried out new ones. It has always been quite dark for my skin tone because when I bought it online, Make Up Forever wasn’t easily found in stores. So to make the foundation work, I thought I would mix it in with the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. When I bought this, I colour matched myself online and the shade was too light to use as a regular concealer. However, together these two made the perfect shade for my skin tone. So I will definitely be using this combination again! I have the same trouble with some of my other foundations, so now I know I have a concealer that can be mixed in, lasts a long time and has a lovely finish.

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Powder
I saw a lot of people raving about this translucent powder so I decided to try it out. It was my go-to powder for quite a long time, but I didn’t like that it left a white cast on my face when I took pictures with flash. I’d often use this to set my foundation before a big night out, so I wasn’t happy that I looked like a ghost. I used this to bake under my eyes again and lightly applied it to the rest of my face and was pretty content with how it looked. It did take the colour out of my face a little bit, but not as much as before. The finished look didn’t beat the Nars Soft Velvet powder I usually use, so I won’t be turning back to this again soon.

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Blush
When I was living in Spain and got a bit Sephora obsessed I got a set that was Nars Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer in one. But I then thought that the Blush was too pink and the bronzer was too dark for my skin. But I thought I’d give the Nars Blush another go. It actually was a really flattering shade of pink that wasn’t as bright pink as I thought it would be. I was really pleasantly surprised and I’d definitely start rotating this in to my usual routine!

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Bronzer
I decided to use my old favourite which is the MUA bronzer. I was pretty excited about using this one again because I actually liked this one and only stopped using it because I discovered the Make Up Geek ‘contour’ instead. However, when I applied this I did one swipe and was shocked at how red it looked on my skin. Rather than looking like a nice bronzey tan like my MUG one, I just looked really strange. I really loved this a few years ago, but I’m not sure I’ll be grabbing for this any time soon.

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Highlighter
This palette was huge in 2015/2016 when American Youtubers stumbled across Sleek for the first time (when us UK gals have known about it for ages). It’s a little annoying to buy a palette and only really be able to use one colour, but I bought it anyway. I used to use this every day after I shattered my Mary Lou-maniser. I decided to try the slightly darker shade in the pan (bottom right) combined with my usual shade (bottom left). Somehow, I think some of the purple residue had fallen onto the darker shade, as my cheek had a purple sheen to it, which I wasn’t happy with. The lighter colour also wasn’t as golden and luminating as I remembered, which was a little sad. Even though my current Mary Lou-maniser has smashed AGAIN, I’m going to carry on using it because it’s just such a beautiful golden glow, especially for pale skin.

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Brows
This was one I was really nervous for. I had bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer when it first came out because I’d been dying to try ABH brow products. But it was such a disappointment! The idea is that you’re supposed to use the wide end of the Brow Definer’s triangular ‘nib’ to fill in gaps and then use the narrow end to draw on thin hair-like strokes. However I found it really difficult to use, it looked patchy and I couldn’t get the brows I wanted. So using this again, I felt like I really had to take my time (which I don’t usually have the time to do that!) The end result was okay – they were a nice shape, they were even (after combing through a lot) but the colour was not quite as dark as I’d like. The NYX Micro Brow pencil is just so much easier to use as the nib is very small and I can get theΒ result I want with less effort and lessΒ stress.Β I would potentially try this again, but with a brow powder as well and not during the week when I’m in a rush to get ready.

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Eyeshadow
I thought I’d find the eyeshadow portion of this make up experiment easy because I do tend to use most of my palettes fairly regularly… except this one. When I reopened this again, I hadn’t realised how dark the shades all were. There is no light shade for a base. There are no lighter transition colours. All of them are dark and that made it really hard for me to do a wearable look. I took one of the ‘lighter shades’ thinking it would be okay to use as a transition colour… NOPE. It was really dark straight away and I was a bit like… oh shit. I stuck to the lighter shades in the palette (aka 4 shades) and had to dive in to my usual go-to palette to make it more wearable. I really don’t think I’ll be able to use this as an every day palette. I’d certainly dip into this for night out make up, but I have other eyeshadow pans in my go-to palette that I’d much rather use.

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Lip pencil
I used to use Peekaboo Neutral all. the. time. It was really tricky to get a hold of and I used to buy it in bulk from Amazon. Because it was tricky to get my hands on, I stopped buying it when I fell for MAC Whirl lip liner. It was much more pink than I remembered, but it wasn’t unpleasant! I prefer a pinkish-brownish nude and this overall look was maybe a little pinker than I would have liked but I was happy with it (: As it is so difficult to find in the UK, I’m probably not going to repurchase this for a while.

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Lipstick
Again, when I was living in Spain and was v. make up happy, I would buy the same nude shade by different brands. I got the Rimmel lipstick in 45 and basically never used it. Then accidentally bought it again lol. When I used it again, it was pinker than I like now, but it felt really nice on the lips, so I’ll definitely be using it again! It won’t be my go-to lipstick, as I prefer my Maybelline and MAC ones, but it’s one I would consider when I want a more pink lip.

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VERDICT:
I was pretty pleased with the over all look. I thought my base make up looked brill, but the red bronzer kind of ruined it a little bit. I did actually apply my Makeup Geek ‘contour’ in Love Triangle before I left the house just to warm my skin up and tone down the redish hue. I was really disappointed how the eyes ended up because I expected more of the eyeshadow palette. However, I. AM. SO. PLEASED. WITH MY WINGED LINER! I never do winged liner (because I can’t do it) but I thought I’d try and it came off really well.

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What products have you rediscovered lately? What do you think of the ones that I used? Leave me a comment on here or on my instagram

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Products I always repurchase

There are certain products that I absolutely cannot be without and repurchase as
soon as they start to run low.

These are the products that I always repurchase:

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Β£4.19

This concealer is super cheap and gives such full coverage! The shadeΒ Fair (01) usually matches my foundation colour and gives me any extra coverage I need. I’ve heard that some people have found this drying, but for me this is dry skin approved! It never picks up on dry patches and leaves my skin feeling moisturised and even. They’re recently launched a new shade Extra Fair (0) which is a great shade for me to highlight with. If you’re super fair too, this will be a great shade for you. This concealer doesn’t dry down too quickly, so gives you a good amount of play time. Since buying this, I haven’t even bothered trying any others – whether affordable or high-end.

I think this picture below speaks for itself!

img_9155.jpgMaybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 725 Tantalizing Taupe – Β£6.99

Tantalizing Taupe is my go-to nude lipstick shade. These lipsticks are just perfect. They’re really affordable, offer a massive shade range and feel great on the lips. Tantalizing Taupe is a great nude for pale skin. Without a lip liner, I think it would even be too pale for me. But with one, it’s stuuuuuuuunning. I also mix it a lot with other shades to create hybrid shades. I keep accidentally losing them, so I buy more, then find them all, so I’m pretty well stocked up on this!

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Β£19.50

I saw a lot of beauty influencers talking about this on Youtube aboutΒ 2 years ago and decided I had to try it out.Β Despite the hefty price tag, this mascara gives me the length and the thickness that I want and is totally worth the splurge in my opinion. You don’t even need to curl your lashes for it to give them a good curl! As soon as I feel the formula getting a little bit dry, I buy a replacementΒ straight away!

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick – Β£17.50

I have never actually come to the end of this lipstick before, but I do seem to lose them a lot. I often take this on a night out with me (mistake lol) and lose it. But it’s one of my favourite lipsticks I own and just have to replace it. It is quite a brown-nude, so I usually combine it with a more pinkish-nude to create a hybrid. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it is comfortable on the lips and still has a slight sheen to it. It is nice and pigmented with just one swipe.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara – Β£15

For a long time, my lower lash mascara would transfer onto my under eye, ruining my make up. I did some research into the best bottom lash mascaras and found this gem! I have not had this problem since! It’s a shame how little product you get with this product, but I don’t dare try another mascara for fear the same problem will happen again. My lashes are never clumpy or spider looking so I’m happy!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown – Β£8

This shade matches my hair colour perfectly. I really like how thin this pencil is and it allows me to get a nice sharp line, but also lets me do create realistic brow hairs. I’ve tried more expensive brow pencils that haven’t performed as well, so why would I stray from one I love!?

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MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage – Β£22.50

This was the first primer I ever bought, and was actually in the first high end beauty purchase that I ever made. It’s super soft on my skin and makes it feel really moisturised and smooth before I apply my foundation. One bottle of this lasts a really long time, so I don’t mind paying this much when I’m so pleased with the results. Also, if you purchase from MAC online, they quite often send a sample size of this with your order.

What are your products you always repurchase? Leave a comment here or on my insta! If you try any of these, let me know what you think!

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Tested: The Ordinary Coverage foundation

The Ordinary is HUGE right now!

Their amazingly skincare line is suuuuuperΒ affordable and gives you the results of a product 5 times the price. At Β£5.90, this is the cheapest foundation I’ve ever bought, so I thought I would test it out.

The ordinary foundation

If you are someone who is conscious about the brands you use, The Ordinary does not test on animals and this foundation is vegan.Β  It’s also worth mentioning that this product is also free of soy, gluten, oil, alcohol and nut free. SPF 15 is included. I’m not sure whether all of their products is free from all of these, but you can check on their website.

When I saw they had come out with two foundations (the Coverage and Serum foundations) I was a little sceptical, despite being a brand super fan. I’m not used to finding my shade in more affordable foundations and thought the shades wouldn’t be pale enough more my skin. There is a fairly wide shade and tone range for a foundation that is new to the market. According to their website, there are 3 numbered shade categories: 1 for fair to light tones, 2 for medium tones and 3 for darker tones. The second digit from 0-3 indicates the depth within each category. Then the letter indicates the undertone: P (Pink), R (Red), N (Neutral) and Y (Yellow).

img_9116It looks quite a bit darker than my skin tone here, and also pulls much warmer.

I bought the lightest shade there isΒ – 1.0 N (for very fair skin according to their website) it’s a pretty good match for my skin when blended in. In the picture above, it looks slightly darker/more orangeΒ than my ideal shade, but it’s certainly workable when used with lighter concealers. It does howeverΒ pull much warmer than I would expect from a ‘neutral’ shade, but for me that’s no issue as I like more yellow foundations to balance out the redness in my skin. I wouldn’t necessarilyΒ say this foundation is for those with ‘very fair skin’. I am certainly not paper white and this is darker than my ideal shade, so there is room to expand the shade range to fit paler people.

Despite it being the more full coverage of the two foundations (the other being the Serum foundation which is a light coverage), it’s not what I would call ‘full coverage’ at all. It’s more of a medium/buildable coverage that gives you a ‘your skin but better‘ kind of look. To get the most coverage out of it, blending in with a brush was better than with a sponge. A sponge gave a more natural coverage, which was more similar to the Serum foundation. I set this with powder and went on my merry way.

Certain products I would usually use didn’t work with this foundation. I love to use the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Trippin’ for blush, but this just took the foundation straight off my cheek, even though I don’t apply the stick straight to the skin. I warm up the product first, and then apply it with my fingers, starting at the apple and moving it backwards towards the ear. So keep it to powder products when using this.

This foundation is definitely dry skin friendly. I have been struggling with a few dry patches around my mouth, which it didn’t highlight, and it didn’t look super dry when powder was applied.


Β Β Β Β Β  In a rush to leave the house but skin is looking good xo

If you’re going to have a fairly lazy day, then this foundation will stay pretty well. However, if you plan on being a bit more active, it will break down. I’ve tested this for aboutΒ two weeks, and it will be one of the foundations I wear regularly. However,Β I’m really not sure how great this is for long wear. I’ve worn this to work (at least 12 hours of wear)Β and the break up around my mouth is pretty bad. I walk to and from the station and get a really hot tube to work and it does break down when you get a little bit sweaty. I was basically wearing no foundation between my nose and mouth by 10am. I’m not really someone who brings their make upΒ bag wherever they go, but I do touch up my face with a concealer pen throughout the day if it’s looking a bitΒ sad. IΒ had to touch it up every time I wear it or else I look likeΒ I have a little red moustache.Β It is important to emphasise that it was only between my nose and mouth where I noticed breakdown. My cheeks and forehead stayed perfect throughout the day, which is a major plus. Also, I’ve tested my commute out on my more expensive foundations too and my Nars Sheer Glow and Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation haven’t survived it either. So really, the fact that it breaks down is totally normal.

I’m not going to stop wearing this foundation because of the break down. It’s a great price and gives a lovely dewy finish.Β For the price that it’s at, you really can’t go wrong.Β I’d much rather wear a cheaper foundation for my day-to-day make up and save my nicer, more expensive foundations for best or when I’m not sweating it out on the tube. If they have your shade, I’d definitely give this a go. For Β£5.90, why wouldn’t you!? Good luck finding it though, it’s sold out eeeverywhere. If you can, get yourself to a Deceim store (I got mine from the Spitalfields store in London) and you can get colour matched there. If you’re feeling brave enough to guess your shade, check out ASOS, Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay or go straight to theordinary.com.

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts!

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When to save and when to splurge

As nice as high end products are, who has the money to use exclusively high end in their make up routine!? Affordable and high end products are going head-to-head to see when you should save and when you should splurge.

COMPLEXION

Primer: HIGH END

A good base for your make up is one of the most important steps. Depending on your skin type, your primer could hydrate, mattify, blur pores etc. By doing these things, a good primer should also make your make up last longerΒ than it would without it.

I can’t say that I have noticed many drugstore primers, and the ones I have tried (NYX Angel Veil and L’Oreal Lumi Magique) left my skin looking dry and broke my make-up up. Maybe that’s because the drugstore options cater more towards oily skin types, which obviously doesn’t suit my dry skin. If you do have oily skin, try them out!

My go-to primers that I use every time I wear make-up (whether minimal or for a night-out) are MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage and Make Up Forever’s Step 1 Primer in number 3 Hydrate.

I would always go high end for primer, mainly to cater for my dry skin. The Make Up Forever Step One range of primers is especially good as it has a primer for any skincare concern you might have!

Foundation: HIGH END

For day-to-day make-up,Β  I prefer to use a cheaper foundation that I’m not so worried if it runs out quickly. However, I do find it difficult to find an affordable foundation in a shade that matches my pale skin. My favourite one is Boujois Healthy Mix, which I have in the palest colour 51 Light Vanilla, but even that isn’t quite light enough for me and leaves me with white neck syndrome. Alternatively, The Ordinary have recently come out with two foundations – the Coverage and Serum foundations – which are super cheap at Β£5.90. Their shade range isn’t bad to start with, and I’m sure they’ll expand it further. However, the more affordable foundations just don’t have the same staying power and break up on me throughout the day. If I really want to look good, or really want my make up to stay all day,Β IΒ use Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. It gives beautiful, buildable coverage, and creates a lovely glow from within. It is one of the only foundations I have that has survived my commute so far! I am definitely willing to pay more for foundations that match me well and I know will stay well, while making me look like a glowing goddess.

Concealer: AFFORDABLE

This is definitely a win for team affordable! There are so many great concealers in the drugstore that do the job of a high-end concealer just as well. The Maybelline’s Eraser Eye concealer is full coverage and moisturising and is super affordable. My favourite concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which is only Β£4.19 and comes in a shade pale enough for me! Also, recently a ‘super fair’ shade has been launched which is the perfect highlight shade for under the eyes and the middle of the face. It is the same colour as the fair neutral shade by Urban Decay and like a quarter of the price!

Powder: HIGH END

I’ve tried quite a few affordable powders and they just do not work on my dry skin. I often feel like powders are more geared towards oily skin types, but I want to set my foundation too! I’m not about walking around with a wet face! This one is dependent on your skin type, but I’ve found that affordable options make my face look as though it’s going to crack after a few hours. The Nars Soft Velvet Loose powder is great for setting the face, without looking cakey or changing the colour of your face. Using a coloured powder, rather than a ‘translucent’ one doesn’t leave you looking like a corpse (:

Blush: AFFORDABLE

There is not a single high-end colour that you can’t find an affordable version of. The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is as good as everyone says it is and it’s easy to find on amazon (we don’t have Milani in shops in the UK). Some of the Revolution blushes are also great and they’re sooo cheap!

Bronzer: AFFORDABLE

For bronzer, I just can’t justify spending so much money on this when I know that I can find good affordable options. The first bronzer I ever bought was from Bare Minerals and it was soooo orange in tone rather than brown, it looked absolutely ridiculous on my pale skin. I think since then I’ve been a bit worried about the same thing happening again. Also, many high end bronzer pans are enormous(!) and you pay for a lot of product. If you’re really on a budget, MUA in Superdrug has some great bronzers that are pale girl friendly, but my favourite is a Makeup Geek contour shade called Love Triangle. It’s warm toned, super affordable, lasts a long time and is the perfect shade for anyone with fair skin. What more could you want?

EYES

Eyeliner: AFFORDABLE

I only have one high end eyeliner, because I just can’t justify spending Β£18 on a stick! I’m a real fan of the Sleek eyeliners – I’m pretty sure they only have black and white, but when applied into the waterline they don’t go anywhere all day! If you’re a fan of brighter colours, maybe you’ll have to turn to the high end, but be sure to check the more affordable options first. There are some really good options in Boots or Superdrug that give really good pigment.

Likewise with liquid eyeliner, I can’t justify the hefty price tag, plus I suck at liquid liner. Maybe if you can actually do a winged liner and do it every day, you could find justification in paying more, but I’m happy with my Rimmel and NYX eyeliners for the foreseeable future!

Eyeshadow: AFFORDABLE

I have a few high end palettes and have some cheaper shadows, and while the high end shadows are very good, there are cheaper alternatives that give the exact same pigment. Most of my eyeshadow kit is Makeup Geek because Marlena (the owner)Β just understands how to make amazing eyeshadows with great pigment. If you haven’t tried any of the Makeup Geek shadows, I’d highly recommend Beaches and Cream, Shimma Shimma and Vanilla BeanΒ just to get you started.

Mascara: DRAW

This one comes down to personal preference. There are great affordable mascaras, particularly Maybelline ones (I’ve never been a fan of L’Oreal mascaras). Recently I’ve been trying out the Maybelline Temptation Mascara and been really pleased with the results. It makes a great every day mascara. However, my true love will always be the Benefit Roller Lash. I get so much lift and volume with this that no other mascara compares. But this one is entirely up to you and your budget.

Brows: AFFORDABLE

I tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer when it first came out because I’d heard her products were cult faves and gave you perfect brows. I found it really disappointing. All the different angles on the brow pencil end made it very difficult to use and get the shape I wanted.

Instead, I love using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, the one that is like a drugstore version of the Brow Wiz. The applicator is pretty small and thin so I can get natural brow hairs and get a nice thin line. They have a really good range of colours and even with very pale eyebrows, I don’t even use the lightest colour!

LIPS

Lipstick: AFFORDABLE

I think the drugstore might win this one. My faaaaaavourite lipstick is a Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in 725 Tantalizing Taupe. I have gotten through so many of these and seem to have about 3 at once in different bags. This is mainly because I misplace them, panic, and buy a new one rather than because I’m that extra πŸ™‚Β  Maybelline also have so many colours and tones that I’m sure you can find any colour you could want right there.

Lip liner: HIGH END

However, for lip liner, the higher end comes out as the winner. Mac Whirl Lip Liner is just brill. Some people find these a little dry, but I’ve always found that these go on well, and it compliments the colour lips I usually go for (nude). However, if you are looking for something a little cheaper, the NYX lip liners are pretty creamy and come in a nice array of colours.

Lip gloss: AFFORDABLE

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If you want some great lip glosses, go to NYX. Swatch around in Boots/Superdrug. If you want a clear gloss, go to Natural Collection. You do not need to spend Β£15 on MAC’s clear lip gloss that is half the size when you can get it for a couple of quid. In terms of lip toppers, I love Jouer’s ones. They are GORGEOUS. I’m not really sure how these fall as they’re not super high end, or affordable. These are starting to emerge in more affordable forms now, and I’m super excited to try them out.

The overall score is: Affordable 9 – High end 5

I am actually a little surprised that the affordable products did as well as they did, but it just shows that as good as high end is, or perceived to be, if you look in the right places then you can really save your money! (to buy more high end lol)

High end is definitely better for the complexion products, especially as they usually cater for a wider range of skin types, skin colours andΒ undertones. Foundations are so hard to find for anyone lighter than ‘nude’ and darker than ‘tan’, but looking to certain high end brands makes this much easier.

At the end of the day, as long as you love the make up you are putting on, that is all that matters.

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