Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Little Beauty Bay Haul

Hello everyone!

I love lusting over all of the makeup on Beauty Bay; and more often than not that ends in an order being placed. On my most recent Beauty Bay browse I ordered 6 items, so I did hold back quite a bit! Keep reading if you want to see what I bought:)

Morphe 15N Night Master Eye Shadow Palette (£15.00):
The first thing I purchased is the Morphe 15N Night Master palette as it is something I've been wanting to try ever since I spotted it on the 'back in stock' page. The shade range is everything I look for in an eye shadow palette; a mixture of neutrals, burgundies and dark smokey shades. I am going to do a full post on this palette, including swatches, so stay tuned for that! 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin (£16.00):
I cannot tell you how many times I've repurchased this liquid lipstick because it's my go to for everyday. I have so many lipsticks but I cannot stop myself from repurchasing this because the shade is perfect and it lasts unbelievably well. 

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Tweezers (£5.00):
I've been needing a new pair of tweezers ever since I lost mine and I just picked up these from BH Cosmetics as they weren't too expensive. Tweezers are tweezers so I think these will be just fine. 

RCMA No Colour Powder (£13.00):
Another repurchase is the RCMA No Colour powder which is a product I have been using to set my makeup for some time now. This has become a holy grail product for me and it's something I'm going to be repurchasing for a very long time. 

Morphe R36 Pointed Highlight Brush (£9.00):
I have seen so many beauty guru's using pointed highlight brushes to apply their highlighter with, and I wanted to purchase one to see what all the hype is about. This type of brush is meant to be a lot better than the fan brush, which I have been applying my highlighter with for a while now, so I am going to try it out and see what I think. 

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Highlighter in Afterglow (£13.00):
The final product I bought is a highlighter to go with my new highlight brush. Milani is a brand I want to try more of so I thought this highlighter would be a great starting point. The shade is gorgeous champagne tone and you can see from the swatch just how stunning it is. It's really pigmented and is very reflective, which is just what I like in my highlighters. 

That is everything for my Beauty Bay haul! What was your most recent beauty purchase?

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Makeup Collection: Blushers

Hello everyone!

Blusher is something that I have recently rediscovered, after going about 2 years without wearing it! I love that blushers come in a lot of lovely shades which can brighten the skin up and give you a healthy flush of colour. Keep on reading if you want to find out which blushers I have in my makeup collection:)

Makeup Revolution Hot Spice Blusher Palette:
I have two of these blusher palettes from Makeup Revolution, each of which contain 8 different shades. Hot Spice consists of 7 peach blusher shades alongside a peachy toned highlighter. I am a big fan of peach blushers because I feel like they compliment my skin tone the best and look really natural too. The highlighter is very pigmented and I think it looks stunning on top of a blusher for extra glowy cheekbones. 

Makeup Revolution Sugar & Spice Blusher Palette:
The other Makeup Revolution blusher palette I have is called Sugar & Spice, which has a few natural looking blushers as well as some bright pink blushers and a very white shimmery highlighter. I do like the first two blushers on the top row because as I said earlier I do like a blusher which is more on the natural side, but I haven't really used the others all too much because they're just too bright for me personally. 

Nip + Fab Blusher Palette in Blushed:
A recent addition to my blusher collection is this Nip + Fab palette, which I am absolutely loving at the moment. If I'm wearing blusher then I can guarantee that it will be one of these shades. I just can't fault this palette because I use all of the shades regularly and they're really easy to blend too. 

Soap & Glory Peach Party:
If you like a super shimmery peach blusher then you will definitely love this Soap & Glory blush as much as I do! You can swirl all of shades together or you can take a finer brush and apply just one shade. This is your highlighter and blush in one and you just need to try it out:)

Soap & Glory Love At First Blush:
I also have a second shade in the Soap & Glory blush, but I definitely prefer the peach shade for me personally. This shade is still very pretty as it's pigmented and again, packed full of shimmer. 

Benefit Rockateur:
The first of two Benefit blushers I own is Rockateur, and it's got to be my favourite of the two. A lot of people are not a fan of this blusher because of the strong perfume scent but I seem to really like it, but I guess that's down to personal preference really. This is a nice rose toned natural blush with a sheen so it's not full of shimmer like the previous blushers I have talked about. 

Benefit Dandelion:
My other Benefit blush is Dandelion, a blush which is a pretty light pink shade. I actually really like this blush as it's just the right amount of pink for the cheeks and isn't too overpowering. This is advertised as a finishing powder but I definitely could not see myself applying this all over my face as it would just be too much pink for me! 

Sleek Blush By 3 in Pink Lemonade:
Now this palette is looking VERY pink! In the Pink Lemonade trio by Sleek there are two powder blushers and a cream blusher. I am not the biggest fan of the cream blusher because it does apply very thickly and looks a bit crazy as it' so hard to blend out. The far left blusher is a little overpowering for me but I love the blusher on the far left as it is a very buildable shade. 

Sleek Creme To Powder Blush in French Rose:
When I first got this blusher I did use it quite frequently and I did enjoy it a lot too, but I am going to have to throw it away because it has dried out. I did try to use this but the formula is so dry now and looks very streaky on the skin. It was great when I first bought it as it blended with ease- it's just a shame it's not so great now. 

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold:
This Sleek blusher is such a classic as it's very well known for being a brilliant dupe for NARS Orgasm. The rose gold shade is very pretty for my skin tone and the gold glitter looks lovely too. I definitely need to start using this more often again because I used to absolutely swear by this. 

MAC Blush in Stay Pretty: 
The first of my three MAC blushers is Stay Pretty. I was so sad to see that this blusher has been discontinued as when I was adding links to this post I couldn't find it anywhere online. It's a nice blusher but I don't want to talk about it too much as it is no longer available to buy. 

MAC Blush in Peachykeen:
Peachykeen is a sheer tone blusher which means that it isn't the most pigmented blush but it is a nice rose gold toned sheen, and looks stunning either on its own or layered on top of another blush. 

MAC Blush in Well Dressed:
Well Dressed has got to be one of the oldest blushers still remaining in my makeup collection. It's a cool toned pink blusher, which usually doesn't compliment my skin tone, but surprisingly looks pretty. This is a classic MAC blush which so many people own, so if this is in the back of your makeup collection then definitely dig it out!

Benefit Posie Tint:
The final two blushers in my makeup collection are both Benefit tints, the first being Posie Tint. Posie Tint is my favourite out of the two I own as it's a natural peach shade. You do have to work really quickly with these blushers because they dry quickly but once they settle then they're going to be there all day long. 

Benefit Bene Tint:
This is a little too red for my liking but I do really like this tint on my lips as it gives a nice rosy red effect, and it doesn't budge either. 

That brings us to the end of my blusher collection! Have you tried any of these? 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Delicious HEALTHY Treats From The Skinny Bakery*

Hello everyone!

You can't beat baked goods; and when they're low in calories that's even better! The lovely people over at The Skinny Bakery recently sent me some really yummy treats to try out, and today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on them. Spoiler alert: they were all REALLY good!

Skinny Beetroot Pearls:
When I first saw these I really wasn't too sure what I would think of them; the sound of beetroot just didn't seem that appealing to me at all! However, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these. The sponge was really fluffy and the beetroot flavour had a nice kick to it, but it wasn't too overpowering. The cream cheese frosting is a nice addition to the sponge as well. 

Skinny Carrot Cake Pearls:
Carrot cake is my favourite sponge flavour of all time, so I was obviously excited to try these out and see how they compare to a regular carrot cake sponge. These just tasted like any other regular carrot cake, and the walnut topping was very tasty too. 

Skinny Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies:
These cookies have got to be my favourite treat from everything I was sent. These are advertised as meringue cookies but to me they were more like a brownie. These were absolutely delicious and the chocolate chips add a really nice texture to the cookie. I will definitely be getting myself some more of these to snack on! 

Skinny Chocolate Pearls:
These chocolate pearls were so yummy and didn't taste 'healthy' at all. The sponge was just the right texture and the tofu-chocolate frosting centre was delicious too. I will also be buying some of these because they are the perfect on-the-go snack which you wouldn't believe is really low-in-calories:)

Skinny Mini Flapjacks:
Flapjacks make great snacks and are really filling, and the Skinny Mini Flapjacks were lovely. They are just the perfect size to fill you up which is great because there's no worse feeling than feeling hungry after eating a snack. You can really taste the coconut in these flapjacks which is nice because I love anything with coconut in it. 

Skinny Choc & Orange Cookies:
Last but not least are the Skinny Choc & Orange cookies. Chocolate and orange are two things which go together really well and these reminded me of the Terry's Chocolate Orange; an absolute classic! These were really nice and the flavours were just right for my taste. I'm keen to try the other cookies The Skinny Bakery have on offer because they all look to die for!

Those were all of the delicious treats I tried from The Skinny Bakery. I highly recommend checking them out if you love sweet treats but don't want all the calories they usually contain:)

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

*The items featured in this review are PR samples, however all opinions remain my own! 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Currently Loving #13

Hello everyone!

These are one of my favourite posts to write- so I don't know why it's taken me so long to do another one! Today I am sharing everything that I'm currently loving; and it's there's a lot!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mocha:
It's no secret that I've been a fan of the Rimmel Stay Matte range, particularly the powder, for quite some time now. When I last headed into Boots to stock up on said powder, I came across a range of Stay Matte liquid lipsticks. I had never seen these liquid lipsticks before so I did think that they were new but on doing a little bit of research online I have come to the conclusion that they have been around for at least a year, possibly longer. I picked up the shade Mocha because I wear nudes on a daily basis and I know that it's definitely a shade I can rely on. The formula of the lipstick is very creamy, almost a mousse texture. It does glide on the lips really well and takes about two layers to be completely even and opaque. As for longevity; this lasts on the lips for around 6 hours which I think is great for a drugstore lipstick. I have high end lipsticks which can last all day but I'm not complaining for the price this is! I definitely need to see about purchasing some more shades from the range though. 

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash:
This is a product that I have been meaning to buy in full size ever since I tried out the miniature version. This facial wash has done absolute wonders for my skin and I am going to be using it for a really long time. It cleanses my skin beautifully and really leaves it feeling clean without feeling undernourished.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches:
I have always been quite skeptical about the under eye hydrogel patches and whether they actually work; so that obviously encouraged me to try one out for myself. My under eye area was quite puffy due to a few too many late nights, and this was really cooling and soothing on it. I definitely want to pick up some more of these because they make you look really wide awake and refreshed. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash for Combination Skin:
I have used the original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel for a while now as it's absolutely brilliant at removing every trace of makeup at the end of the day. I do have combination skin and I'm not really sure why I had never tried the combination formula before now. This is perfect for my skin type and I feel like my skin just overall feels better when I use this formula compared to the original cleansing gel formula. 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin in Ivory:
This is such a classic foundation which I hadn't used in ages- so on my most recent Boots visit I just had to pick up a bottle and remind myself why I loved this foundation all that time ago. Everything is just as I remember; it offers a nice full coverage and is very long lasting too. I don't find myself powdering as regularly when I'm wearing this foundation as it's designed with oily skin in mind. Since trying a range of other foundations I would say that this is very comparable to the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, and considerably cheaper too:) 

Netflix: Safe, The Rain & Once Upon A Time
I love a good Netflix binge and the three series' which I have been obsessed with recently are Safe, The Rain and Once Upon A Time. OUAT has been around for quite a while but is something which I only just got into watching a few weeks ago- I am loving the story line so far though! The other two series' I have been watching are brand new on Netflix and were highly recommended so I knew I had to start watching them. I am yet to finish either series but so far so good. 

Music: Shawn Mendes Youth and Years & Years If You're Over Me
For music I have had the same two songs on repeat over the past few weeks. Shawn Mendes is my all time favourite singer and I have been really loving his new releases; especially Youth. Years & Years have also quite recently released some new music and If You're Over Me is a great song. 

Those are some of the wonderful things I'm loving at the moment! What have you been loving recently? 

Shop this post: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mocha (£5.99) // Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash (£8.00) // Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches (£3.50) // Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash for Combination Skin (£3.99) // Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin in Ivory (£12.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Makeup Collection: Bronzers/Contour Products

Hello everyone!

I am really enjoying sharing my makeup collection with you all in this 'makeup collection' series, and I hope you are all enjoying them too. Today, as you can probably see from the title of this post, I am sharing all of my bronzers and contour products.

Smashbox Shape Matters Palette:
This palette isn't entirely contour shades but I wanted to include it in this post because that is what I mainly use it for. As you can see in the picture my palette is very dirty because I use it quite frequently. I do need to start using the eye shadows a bit more though, as they have been neglected since I got this palette! I haven't used the bronzer all that much from this palette but I love the contour shade so much and I have actually hit pan on it. It is the perfect cool toned shade for highlighting my face and blends out really beautifully too. I also want to point out how gorgeous the champagne highlighter shade is as well.

MUA Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit:
I featured this contour kit in a drugstore haul a little while ago and I haven't really reached for it all that much since, if I'm honest. I have used the highlighter shades a few times because it is a nice shimmery champagne shade, but it is a little powdery and can look unflattering at times. The contour shade is nice and matte which is a must for any contour shade but it is a little too dark for my skin tone. My contour kit is the fair/light version so it is slightly worrying that it's still not the right shade for me personally!

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit:
I don't actually own a lot of products from Barry M which is a surprise considering I have enjoyed most, if not all, products that I have tried from the brand. What I like about this is that there are two different contour shades depending on the desired intensity of your contour. I don't like, however, that the highlighter is matte. I suppose it could be nice to brighten the under eye area up but I would have loved there to be a nice shimmery highlighter in this so that I could take it travelling with me. The contour shades get a lot of use though, so I'm happy I like those! 

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Duo:
 If you like a contour which is more on the natural side then this duo is definitely your best friend! Whenever I do a more natural makeup look I like using this because the contour shade is buildable so you can have it as light as you want and it looks very natural too. The highlighter shade is shimmery but that too is also on the discreet side so it gives a lovely natural glow to the skin.

Korres Zea Mays Blush in Natural:
This next product is technically a blusher but I have been using it as a bronzer recently as it's a lovely light warm toned shade. It does have a slight shimmer to it which is why I don't use it for contour, but it warms up the skin beautifully and looks really natural which is always the look I go for with my bronzer.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro:
I am all for affordable makeup so when I came across this Makeup Revolution contour palette a while ago now I was very happy that I had found a contour palette which I knew I could use over and over again without having to worry about the cost of repurchasing it, which cannot be said for some of my high end products. There is a great contour shade range in this palette as there are warm toned shades and cool toned shades, depending on what you like best. I love the two highlighter shades in this palette too as they have great pigmentation, and the two middle powders on the top row are great for brightening my complexion. 

Tropic Sculpting Palette:
At first glance you may notice that this trio looks very familiar, and that's because it's basically identical to the Sleek Face Form Trio's. I do like this trio because all of the powders are pigmented and blendable. The contour shade sculpts my cheekbones perfectly, the blusher is a gorgeous rosy shade and the highlighter is blinding on the cheekbones. I did receive this as a PR sample and I must say that I probably wouldn't repurchase it again because, although it's a great product, it's too similar to the Sleek Face Form and the Sleek trio is a lot more affordable. 

Nip + Fab Contour Palette:
I have already featured this palette regularly on my blog because it is a brilliant dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit. All of the shades in this palette are really soft and buttery, and they really compliment the skin. I am so glad I discovered this palette and I will definitely be getting a lot more use from this. 

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette:
I do love my affordable makeup but you've got to admit that it's always nice to use high end products in your everyday makeup routine. I used this contour palette almost everyday last year because I loved it that much! I know that this palette is pricey but I don't know how I would cope if I completely used up all of the shades, so I'll definitely have to repurchase this at some point. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer:
Hoola is probably the most loved bronzer in the beauty community, and I can totally see why! This bronzer warms the skin up and gives it a lovely bronze effect without looking muddy like some bronzers can. I have had this bronzer for quite some time and I haven't even hit pan yet because you really don't need to use that much product, so it's well worth the purchase.

L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Cream Contour Palette:
I am not usually a fan of cream contour because I have oily skin and cream products tend to just slide around my face, but this is the one cream product that I will use. Both of the creams are a cream to powder formula so once they're blended out they do not budge at all, which is always a good thing when it comes to makeup. 

ELF Blush & Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia:
I love how this duo looks very similar to NARS duo's as it just makes the product feel a lot more high end. The blusher in this duo is such a pretty peach shade, and looks like a natural flush of colour when applied to the apples of the cheeks. The contour shade is a pretty standard contour shade, and it's great for my lighter skin tone. 

Sleek Face Form Trio:
Just like I mentioned earlier on, this is very similar to the Tropic trio except this is considerably cheaper. I took this on holiday with me last year because it has three essential makeup products all in one place, so it saves on a lot of room in my suitcase. The full sized mirror is also handy for popping in your bag too. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit:
I received this contour kit for Christmas and I have been using it on and off alongside the Nip + Fab contour palette. The contour shades are nice and pigmented and easily blend out on the skin. There is a really pretty champagne highlight shade in this palette which I do like, although it isn't all that blinding on the skin. The two matte powders are great on the skin as they blur it and set my makeup in place well. 

We are (finally!) at the end of my bronzers/contour products collection. As usual, let me know what your go to bronzers and contour products are!

Shop this post: Smashbox Shape Matters Palette ($55.00) // MUA Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit (£5.00) // Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49) // Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Duo (£7.99) // Korres Zea Mays Blush in Natural (£17.50) // Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro (£8.00) // Tropic Sculpting Palette (£24.00) // Nip + Fab Contour Palette (£15.00) // Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette (£37.00) // Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£24.50) // L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Cream Contour Palette (£9.99) // ELF Blush & Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia (£5.00) // Sleek Face Form Trio (£9.99) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (£42.00) //

Until next time,
Emily xo 

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