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FOTD #10

17 March 2016

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Ever since I discovered my new favourite moisturiser (review coming soon), I have really gotten back into trowelling a load of stuff onto my face. Because my skin no longer resembles an iguana’s backside, foundations and BB creams have been looking so much better. I’ve finally given the Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a proper go after not being that impressed by it when I bought it ages ago, and I must say I’m enjoying it. Proof that the most important step in your makeup routine is a well-prepared base! I also love that this BB cream has SPF 35 which is perfect now the sun has come out of hibernation.

COMPLEXION
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Medium/Dark
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Caramel
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer Ivory
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (review here)

EYES
Bourjois Colorband Brun Dadaiste  (review here)
L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Black
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Blackest Black (review here)

EYEBROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Dark Brown (review here)
2True Mascara Clear

LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Spice

Dupe Alert: NARS Albatross Highlighter

16 November 2015

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Does anyone else feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of highlighters on the market these days? Well here’s two more: NARS Albatross highlighting powder and its dupe, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.

Albatross is a finely milled, white highlighter with a golden iridescence. It might not look like it but it is truly a highlighter for every skin tone. The light colour means it isn’t too overpowering for pale skins, and the golden tone complements darker skins beautifully. Plus, although it’s pigmented, it’s not so intense that it looks over the top. It gives a great golden sheen on the cheekbones without being sparkly.

The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights is the closest dupe I’ve found to NARS Albatross. In terms of colour, tone and iridescence I’d say it’s pretty much identical. The texture and colour pay-off is where I’d say the two differ, hence why the swatch looks more white than the NARS. Where the NARS version is finely milled and smooth, the Makeup Revolution one is MUCH more pigmented but quite a lot less finely milled and definitely more powdery. You definitely need less of the budget version for a similar effect. If anything, if you go in all guns blazing, Golden Lights will end up looking very sparkly, and almost glittery – but you can’t deny that pigmentation.

You can see in the swatches how much more intense Golden Lights is than Albatross. It’s also more metallic so if you’re into a full on highlighter, definitely go for Golden Lights. Albatross is a lot more subtle but can be built up if you want a look that packs more punch – making it a great day-to-night product.

If you’re on the fence, maybe the price difference will be the thing that sways you. NARS Albatross is £23 for 4.5g of product, while Makeup Revolution Golden Lights is £3.00 for 7.5g. It’s a no brainer on that front.

I personally use Albatross more often than Golden Lights, but that’s probably because I want to get my money’s worth! However I’ll definitely be cracking out Golden Lights for the festive season ahead (plus, I have a sneaky feeling it would make a great eyeshadow).

Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?

FOTD #9

9 November 2015

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With darker evenings upon us, I feel like I can get away with more stuff on my face which was my general mantra this weekend. I didn’t exactly branch out in terms of colour selection but I did discover a new foundation match made in heaven. My NARS Sheer Glow is slightly too light, and my YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat is slightly too dark so I mixed them together to concoct the perfect shade. The finish was incredible – soft and flawless and quite a bit more matte than I was expecting. I also played a bit more with the I Heart Chocolate palette which I have fallen in love with this month, it has everything you need and is a real joy to use.

COMPLEXION
NARS Sheer Glow Barcelona
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation BD60 (review here)
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector Orange/Yellow (review here)
Garnier Anti-Dark Circles Roll On Light
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
MAC Powder Blush Ambering Rose

EYES
I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black (review here)
Gosh Boombastic Mascara (review here)
Beauty UK Festival Palette Orange
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer

EYEBROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Dark Brown (review here)
2True Mascara Clear

LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Spice
MAC Lipstick Mehr 

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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