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Save, Spend or Splurge: Powder Highlighters

12 October 2015

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When it comes to highlighters, I’m of the opinion that more is more. Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and rarely leave home without a quick swipe on my cheekbones. And with so much choice around at hugely varied price points, I thought I’d pick out a few from my collection to suit a variety of budgets.

SAVE: MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder, Pink Shimmer, £3.00
When once highlighting powders could rarely be found on the shelves of Superdrug, now they are a lot easier to track down away from the beauty counters. At only £3, Undress Your Skin in Pink Shimmer is a pretty decent offering. It’s not the most finely milled nor the most pigmented but for the price, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better. This would work especially well on lighter skin tones, and the swirl effect is to die for.

SPEND: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, £17.50
I don’t have to say much about Mary Lou, do I? Much like most of the blogging community, I love this stuff and reach for it most days. Mega shimmer might not be everybody’s cup of tea on an average day but I personally can’t get enough. The most golden of the bunch, this flattering highlighter is guaranteed to look beautiful on every skin tone. You can see it in action here, although my photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

SPLURGE: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder, Candelight, £35
Do you remember before Mary Lou came along and everyone used to rave about this? If I’m honest, I hardly ever remember to use this these days. When I looked up how much I paid for it, I must say it smarted a little. However, I’ll be making a conscious effort to use the Celestial Powder more often. You really notice how finely milled and smooth this is after swatching the previous two highlighters, and it does give an almost ethereal glow. If Mary Lou is too full-on for you, and you have cash to burn, try this out. It gives a gorgeous gleam without much shimmer which is difficult to find in cheaper products. Gorgeous colour too – not quite gold, not quite pink but somewhere in the middle.

Have you tried any of these highlighters? Which one is your favourite?

Review: MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss Happy Days

16 June 2014

mua lipgloss happy daysDespite being a matte girl at heart, the recent glorious weather and reduced wind speed have made lipgloss-wearing conditions a lot more favourable. I woke up one morning and decided I need a pale pink, pornstar worthy glossy lipgloss so off to Superdrug I trotted. After much rummaging, I found MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Happy Days which appeared to be exactly what I was looking for. And at a heart attack-inducing £1 I simply had to try it.mua lipgloss happy daysThe lipgloss comes in a squeezy tube (no fancy applicator here) which is never going to give you precise application but for a neutral gloss I feel this doesn’t matter. The colour ‘Happy Days’ is a pale pink with a peachy undertone and looks quite opaque in the tube. However, once on the lips, it’s more translucent, giving the tiniest hint of colour but huge levels of glossiness. I like to go over my upper lip slightly to make it look bigger, and I really do think it makes my lips look super full.mua sheer finish lipgloss  happy daysAt just £1 I fully expected this gloss to be gloopy and sticky, but it’s not! If you’re familiar with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipglosses, you’ll know what sticky means. It’s smooth, moisturising and comfortable to wear. It beautifully fills in the fine lines in my lips as you can see from the close-up, giving a great plumpy effect. Wear time is standard for a gloss, so quite short but it’s pretty fuss-free to reapply.mua lipgloss happy daysAll in all, I am loving this gloss, both on its own or over a pink or nude lipstick (the first photo shows me wearing it alone on the left and over Revlon Pink Pout (review here) on the left).

MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss is available in 7 shades and costs £1 from Superdrug.

Save, Spend or Splurge: Matte Brown Eyeshadow

30 April 2014

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How now friends? Today I’m talking about matte brown eyeshadows. WAIT! Before you click off in a fit of boredom and rage, let me fill you in on this seemingly dull product.

Personally, I love me a matte mid-brown eyeshadow and I have no shortage of them but there is also no shortage of uses! I use matte brown eyeshadow on my eyes (obviously), I use it to fill in my eyebrows and if I’m feeling especially bold, I use it to contour. I would be lost and ugly without it.

matte brown eyeshadowDepending on which way you’re inclined, there is a matte brown eyeshadow to suit every budget, here are my top picks.

SAVE: The unimaginatively named MUA Shade 19 is a mind boggling £1. ONE POUND. In all honesty, I was expecting this to be utter pants but it wasn’t. I’m not going to claim it’s the most pigmented eyeshadow on our sacred globe but it is one of my favourite things to use to fill in my eyebrows. It’s smooth, easy to work with, isn’t too heavy and the grey-ish tinge is the perfect hairy colour. Buy it, it’s ONE POUND.

SPEND: For mid-range budgets, I’d recommend Maybelline Eyestudio Mono Eyeshadow in Chocolate Chic. I swatched this in Boots and was taken aback by how smooth and buttery it was. At £4.09, it’s pretty pigmented and is the perfect shade for a brown smokey eye. I’ll definitely be picking up more colours.

SPLURGE: I never really hear many people talking about MAC Handwritten (probably because it’s the least exciting thing in the shop) BUT as you can see it’s by far the most pigmented, buttery and smooth of the bunch. It also hangs around on my eyelids longer which is a bonus but at £10 for the refill I would bloody expect so.

Left to right: MUA, Maybelline, MACmatte brown eyeshadow

February 2014 Favourites

4 March 2014

Happy March pals, we’re on the home straight to summer! It’s been relentlessly wet, cold and windy in the UK for what seems like a decade, meaning I have been forced to hibernate under the duvet for the majority of 2014. Sadly, I just haven’t been bothered with wearing that much makeup. However, my lazy attitude has paved the way for skincare, meaning my skin has been looking fabulous, if I do say so myself. So, on with the February favourites.february beauty favourites

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser (£16.99, Boots)

This has been pretty much the only day cream I’ve used since I bought it a couple of months ago. Just like the rest of the Una Brennan Vitamin C+ range, the best thing about it is the divine smell. If you’re a fan of the Origins GinZing moisturiser, or indeed, the Body Shop Satsuma range, you will love this. It’s so refreshing, it quickly absorbs and brightens my complexion – perfect for the morning.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona (£31, Space.NK)

I bought this last summer, used it a couple of times, realised I was colour-matched incorrectly and relegated it to the drawer of stuff I don’t use. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be Syracuse but over winter I felt sufficiently pale enough to give Barcelona a second chance. Still not exactly right but I’ve fallen in love with it. On the days when I have bothered with foundation this month, this has been the one I’ve slapped on. I’m wearing it in this FOTD – need I say more?

Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser (£14.99, Boots)

I love the juicy, plumpy feeling this gives. Has that retro scent from days of yonder which reminds me of mums. Great pump, easy absorption and all round do-gooder. It glides on beautifully and my mug is still satisfyingly moist in the morning.

Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm (£13, Boots)

I know this might make me look like a scumbag in the eyes of other beauty bloggers but this is the first cleansing balm I’ve ever used. I read Caroline Hirons’ review on this and I was sold. It melts into a glorious oil upon contact with the face and gets rid of all traces of makeup. It is slightly exfoliating so I’d avoid scrubbing this into the eyes – unless you have masochistic tendencies, then be my guest. Read my full review here.

MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner, Malt Chocolate (£1, Superdrug)

I’m usually a bit sceptical of budget eyeliners as they tend to leave agonising shards of debris in my eye. Now, the MUA eyeliners are not exactly creamy but they’re certainly not the worst I’ve tried. This stayed put all day and can be blended slightly. And at oneEnglish pound you’d be mad to overlook these. I’ve been weaning myself off heavy black kohl and have been using this delightful slightly metallic brown during the day instead. The little glitter bits aren’t too over the top, making this acceptable for the office.

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