Top 5 Lip Products Under £5.00

Top 5 lip products

I thought I would start to do a bunch of top 5s, sharing the top 5 makeup products within a certain category although the schedule and frequency of the posts yet. Here we look at my favourite lip products that are all under £5, as who doesn’t like to look good on a budget. I feel like all of these have been mentioned before, but here is me declaring my love for them

P.s. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper

First up is one that initially I had a love hate relationship with loving the colour but often finding it drying. That is the P.S. Love Matte Long Last Lipstick in Whisper, which you can see my full review here it is a muted purple pink and is a great neutral colour with a little bit of a oomph. It works well with a range of makeup looks and as long as you moisturise before and after you will be fine. Available from Primark for £1.00.

mua lipstick in14 bare

Staying in line with neutral we now have the ultimate everyday nude, the Makeup Academy Lipstick in 14 Bare. Rich, creamy and opaque this lipstick is a dream to apply and wear, with only minor touch ups every couple of hours if you wish but due to the nature of the colour and the fact it fades evenly meaning you don’t have to touch up. I also love MUA lipsticks as they have a great formula and a really affordable price point they are great for trying new things out. Available from Superdrug and online for £1.00.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob

I’m going to brief with the third one in the list, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in 63 East End Snob. I know there’s been a lot of hype and love for this item, and it’s often sold out in stores but it’s such a perfect muted pink colour. It goes with a lot of other lip colours but looks amazing on its own and as a lip liner it lasts all day, you can find my full review for it here. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £3.99.

Rimmel London Lipstick in 08

This next Rimmel one is a total cheat as I am so in love with it I’ve slipped it in as it’s over budget. The Rimmel London Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipstick in 08, is a creamy pink colour which I really struggle to explain. It is my go to colour, no matter what makeup stand I’m at I pick up this kind of shade but this is by far my favourite lipstick I own of this shade type as it’s so smooth and comfortable on the lips. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £5.49.

I am finishing off with The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter, the best tip balm/treatment I have ever used and it is so affordable. I use this twice a day and it keeps dry and cracked lips at bay, also it smells amazing, so if you have dry lips look no further than the body shop. Available from The Body Shop for £4.00.

So those are my top 5 lip products for near enough £5.00, all amazing products which are really affordable. And if you need any more excuses to be enabled and to go shopping, buying and trying everything on this list would cost you £15.48! You’re welcome.

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Review: P.S Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray

If you haven’t seen my recent Primark haul where have you been? (Don’t worry you can check it out here. Anyway in that haul I picked up the P.S. Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray which hopefully will speed up the drying time of nail polish and make life easier.

If your anything like me paint your nails can become a chore where your impatience means they quickly get ruined as I never leave it long enough to dry properly. I’ve wondered about the quick dry top coats and sprays and always wonder if they are worth the money but with this option being only £0.80 then how could I possibly go wrong . . .

So I picked out a nail polish I like that’s never done me wrong before, and I went for the MUA Nail Polish in Purple lovely colour but takes a few layers to build it up so this spray is ideal. So I put on the first layer like normal and let it dry completely on its own before using this spray between each layer and following the instructions, keeping the can so many inches away and not touching it for a minute afterwards. Which did leave the nails each time shinny and dry, so in theory it quickened it up but it didn’t feel like it, it felt like a lot of faff. Also I am unsure what I was expecting but it came out feeling oily while I was definitely expecting more of an alcohol spray, instead of oil. I am so glad I was doing it over a blank piece of paper for photo purposes instead of just generally like I might have done if I wasn’t reviewing it. The oil residue sunk straight into the paper making it look like something your fast food is wrapped in which isn’t pleasant. Although I haven’t tried it and don’t especially wish to I have a hunch this may mark/stain clothes, so use with care. I don’t think I will use this without paper underneath or something.

I’ve tried it a few times before writing the review and I have to say I am finding it doesn’t necessarily speed up the process of painting my nails, with all the stopping, spraying, waiting and cleaning off the residue. Also I’ve tried it with a number of polishes from MUA, to the Barry M Hi-Gelly Shine Polishes and within 24 hours my nails are all super chipper and most of the polish has flaked off even if they wouldn’t normally chip so soon which is a huge concern. I think my final verdict is that it does make it quicker if you need a few layers to dry super quick before a night/evening out but other than that I’d just say be patient. Doing your nails normally doesn’t take that much longer and for quick drying the Barry M Speedy Dry Polishes are amazing?

If you have tried any of the speed dry products let me know what you think of them and how they work in the comments. I still love the idea of quick drying nails but this budget option definitely isn’t viable.

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December Favourites

December Faves

Wow so it’s the last day of December and the last day of 2015, so it seems best to end the year on the happy note that is a monthly favourites. I’m also assembling my 2015 favourites at the moment so I will be thinking of my all time of the favourites of the year which I have tried to keep varied from this. So this one is kinda on the short side highlighting 4 products I’ve loved this month.

december faves ft dolly mixture, loreal

My first favourite you may have seen if you looked at either of my makeup or look bits recently, it’s the MUA Blush in Cupcake. Similar in tone to the likes of Nars Sin being more dusty pink than anything else, sitting in that middle ground between blush and bronzer. I feel as though it is ideal for this time of year adding a hint of colour and some definition but it’s not too pink. I think this is just a super flattering and versatile blush.

With party season it was the season of big thick lashes, and the L’Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara as I am absolutely awful at lashes. Also with a more dramatic party look this is perfect for this time of year. I did a review of it back in the day which you can check out here (LINK). It’s on its last legs but I’m glad I got the most out of it over December before placing it in my next empties post.

december faves ft mua, loreal & the body shop

After picking it up on whim The Body Shop Colourglide Lipstick in Rose Quartz, has fast become a day to day lipstick especially for work at the start of the month. The red tone makes it feel festive but the slight berry red and the somewhat sheer quality makes it fit right into my comfort zone.

For ages I looked at the Dolly’s Mixture Shower gel but never bothered to pick it up, until one day I thought why not and picked up the Dolly’s Mixtures Shower Gel in Rhubarb and Custard. The only downside is that it makes me crave rhubarb and custard sweets which I love but you get to indulge without the calories. I’m just going to be sad when it’s finished.

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Finally a bonus December favorites were my nails over Christmas which were from P.S. Love which you may of seen on instagram. I love them as they are festive but not in your face christmas nails as well as being super affordable.

So what have you loved over December or if not December, 2015 as a whole? Let me know in the comments. Also Happy New Year and have a great evening whatever you’re doing.

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Faces of the Week: Part Two

So here is part two of my weeks’ worth of faces/makeup looks, with some variation I hope. It is more variation than I’d usually do in my zombie like morning state, and I just pick up the same things in the same order. It is the weekends where I like to mix things up that little bit more but it can depend on what I’m doing. On Saturday I went out for lunch with some friends so in order to make it an even week I thought it might be nice to round the week off.


thursday make ft urban decay, rimmel, sleek, bareminerals

Thursday

Thursday from the get go was not a good picture day with no time and bad lighting I get stuck with a god damn awful picture but I can’t really take one at the end of the day. So we had to make do with a bad angle and everything.

So I’m starting strong with the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which I’ve only just started using this week but I am really getting a feel for it and definitely enjoying it, not sure it beats the fix and perfect primer by Rimmel London but it’s very good. I then did my faithful trick of mixing my slightly too light Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain and my Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory. This gives me a much better colour and using it with a damped P.S. Love Egg Makeup Sponge, this just makes everything look simple and effortlessly. To cover up my spots I used the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain, while hiding my every growing dark circles with Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory.

I felt like doing a bit more with my makeup, breaking out my Sleek Face Form Kit in Light for the first time this week, I love using it but cannot always be bothered with the effort. I only did a light touch of contouring with focus on the cheeks, and a small dabble of highlight which is mainly on the cheeks. Instead of using the blush within the palette I used my BareMinerals Lumminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry a beautiful pinky rose which just mixed it up slightly more and make it all more less shimmery which I wasn’t feeling. In any areas which needed setting I just used a light dusting of the bareMinerals Mineral Veil which is just perfect and leaves your skin looking amazing.

A bit of a high end makeup eye, although my Urban Decay Primer Potion is something I use daily and would never be without. I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, instead of doing something wow I used the matte shades to make an understated look as its for work I didn’t really want too much. Using Burnout as my all over the lid shade and adding a touch of definition with Nooner in the outer corner and in the crease. I used Strange in the inner corner just to open my eye up a little bit and used Blackheart as an eyeliner using a slanted brush. I do think Blackheart was a little harsh for this look and I would have been better using Darkside as the eyeliner but you live and learn and that’s what makeup is all about. Then once again I finished it up with my bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, which despite is narrow brush which I normally don’t go for it really works at opening it up as you can really get in there.

I just wore a nice neutral pick lip gloss, just to keep things simple using my Purminerals Lip Gloss in Twilight. Also as this came in a set it is such a good size to put in a purse or a handbag and this is by far my favourite one in the set as it is so wearable with every single look.


Fridays Makeup ft rimmel, MUA, Urban Decay

Friday

By Friday I had somewhat given up doing a simple look and just grabbing a lot of my go to items, its Friday after all where you are more focused on the weekend than the Friday at work.

A bit repetitive but I really wanted to get a good feel of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer, pairing this again with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation is Rosy Ivory and I think I need to repurchase this foundation properly. My lasting finish foundation is great but I don’t always want something that heavy but I don’t know if I want to try something new or not, beauty blogger problems. Then just back on my duo concealers again, I am thinking of simplifying to a duo use once again but for now I’m still using the Rimmel London Lasting Finish and Wake Me up Concealers.

This day I wanted a light glow more than anything so I just used my stippling brush to dab on a little bit of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Cream in 001 Touch of Peach, which just adds a small hint of shimmery glow rather than any sort of colour to the skin. I then mixed it up a bit using my MUA Pressed Powder is Shade 01, not my favourite as the colour is sometimes a bit off yet this day it seemed to work.

I feel like I’ve been fairly repetitive with my makeup choices this week, although I have slightly varied the looks as once again I found myself reaching for my No7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette and the BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. Yet I did manage to mix up the lips reaching one of my pricier items, I love my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volutpe Shine in 7 Rose Infinite I really ought to use it more as I am so scared to use it and waste it willy nilly. Overall it wasn’t a bad look though.


Saturdays makeup ft urban decay, bodyshop, collection

Saturday

On Saturday I went out for lunch with a few friends from home, as well all celebrated graduating University and starting the next chapter in each of our lives. People who I have been through school with since reception and it’s interesting to see how far we’ve all come and all the different directions we’ve taken.

So I started with all faithful Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer a deeply hydrating primer which really refreshes my face and keeps my skin now. Then in my drier patches or those where my makeup simply disappears I also used the bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is an amazing primer but as I only have a super small bottle I try to save it for special occasions or when I really need it. I really mixed it up today finally reaching for my Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Foundation in 102 Natural Ivory, I’m really not as keen on it as my other foundations and it takes a lot of work as it tends to look cakey and drying. By using a damp egg shaped sponge and a lot of blending but you can get a really nice look, but I won’t repurchase.

The for concealers and setting I used the same ol, same ol a mixture of Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain and Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory.

Back to my always trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I don’t think I will ever replace with another brand but its lasted me well over 6 months and shows no signs of finishing. I created my eye look used the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette basic the look around the more orangey shade Trick, I’m really pleased with how it ended up. Then to finish up I just used lashings of bareMinerals Flawless Defination Mascara, which gives my eyelashes a really voluminous and defined look.

On the lips I using probably my favourite lipstick of this year in the form of Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, I just think it works for so many occasions and seasons. Definitely an inexpensive makeup collection staple. To amp it up a bit I used the bareMinerals Shimmer Glaze in Diamond Glaze to add beautifully glossy full lips, it has a lip plumping element in this lip gloss which tingles for quite a bit but doesn’t hurt as much as other ones and I like the finished look.


So that was my week in makeup looks, what are your go to products? Also what is your work makeup like, do you put the effort in or are you always reaching for the same products, let me know in the comments below.

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Primark Beauty Products: Review and Swatches

primark make up review and swatches

So as you may of seen last week in my primark haul, I purchased a load of there beauty range called P.s. Love although I couldn’t try as much as I wanted as the range was limited at the store I visited so I may do a part two some time soon.

Also I cannot seem to find the names of these of them although they all have a code on the product starting with a PS so I will try my best to describe the colour and write this code at the end. 

P.S Love single eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Single: £1.00

I only picked up one single as it was simply a choice between this colour I got and a white so I thought I’d get most used out of this. Its a warm champagne taupe kinda colour, very natural, the swatch is similar to how it works on the lid and it adds a shimmery wash of colour. The high amount of shimmer I am more likely to use this for an evening look but its a good basic colour to have in the collection.

It is slightly chalky though and you need to ensure you tap the brush on you’ll end up with it all over your face and you do have to build it up to get the colour the same as it is in the pan. I think the singles at this price point like MUA and Make Up Gallery can be variable, some are amazing and some are awful. This is sort of middle of the road, you won’t loose out by purchasing it but there are definitely better options out there.

The packaging is simple and actually feels robust as it has the satisfying click and it does not just open on a whim. The pan is a great size and you  get a good amount of of product which I’m happy about, no one could ever be disappointed with how much you get. Finally there is a small mirror in the lid, not a practical size for application but its a nice touch and I appreciate the thought to include it. The single I tried is PS2994.

P.S Love Lift and Curl Mascara

Lift & Curl Mascara: £2.00

I really wanted to try a Mascara but had no idea where to start so I picked the lift and curl mascara simply because purple is my favourite colour, logic I know. The brush of one long side and one short side similar is becoming more and more popular these days which is great as I am thoroughly enjoying. This brush type really does create the curl and I absolutely love it, this didn’t quite match up to Benefits Roller Lash mascara but I’m loving the curl it creates and for only £2.00 it is worth checking out.

P.S. Love eyeliner duo

Eyeliner and Pencil Sharpener (2pack): £1.00

There were several different colour options but I went for the practical of a nude and white for neutral eyes and pretending I’m not tired. These swatched beautifully and I couldn’t wait to use them only problem was when I actually did. On the water line or the lid for that matter it resulted in not product transfer and no change in appearance which is a shame. Inexpensive but not worth picking up, pay a little bit more for something that is better quality.

P.S. Love lip crayon

Lip Gloss Crayon: £1.50

There were a number of colours but as sometimes lip crayons can be hit a miss, so if in doubt I’ll opt for a lighter neutral colour. I find lip crayons useful to slip in my bag for easy touch ups as they can’t really go wrong so I thought it would be a great idea to try one. As it can be seen from the swatch there is no colour pay off but I simply put that down to the colour I selected, it simply has a slight pink tint if you look hard enough and a load of glitter. I’m not keen on glitter lips especially for everyday so would only use it for a night time look, adding an additional layer of glitter between lectures can only look tacky and for a lip gloss stick it seems to only add glitter rather than a glossy finish. Unfortunately this is a no go as it feels so greesey on the lips, I even kissed my boyfriend when I had it on to see what he thought for the kissability test. He found it so greesey he was pulling faces and made me fetch him a make up wipe, it is not worth it. I don’t know whether to try the other colours or not as it is so hit and miss, have you tried any other of the lip gloss crayons if so what do you think? The lip gloss crayon I tried is light pink and has the code PS2652-01.

P.S. Love Blush Sticks

Blush Sticks (Coral & Pink): £1.50

I’d never used blush sticks before buying these two so it took a while to get the trick of applying these as its different to everything else. I picked up a beautiful bright pink and a coral type pink, which are beautiful and blend out effortlessly. They also stay on all day which is more a trait of cream blush rather than just these sticks themselves so its well worth having them in your collection. I think I do still prefer my powder blush but its well worth having a few cream products in your collection in your long days or nights when you want your make up to stay. If you want to try out to cream products but not sure what to make of them its not a bad to start off with the P.S Love range as they are pigmented, blendable and if you don’t like them its only £1.50 so you have nothing to loose really. Just one last think I suggest warming up before you use it so I simply pop it in my bra before I start doing my make up and then it applies perfectly. The blush sticks I tried was a bright pink (PS2996-01) and a coral pink (PS2996-00).

P.S. Love nails

Nail Polish: £1.00 £0.80

All of the nail varnishes are meant to retail for £1.00 but since December they’ve been priced at £0.80 which you cannot possibly go wrong with. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a snap of the nail varnish but this one is simply amazing, its a really good quality glitter polish in which great with two coats giving an amazing pay of and it looks great. It removes easily but it doesn’t peel off like the barry M glitter polishes, so swap inexpensive for even more inexpensive especially as glitter nails aren’t for everyday. I’ve tried a few other colours and am presently surprised with the quality of what I have tried so if you fancy one don’t hesitate to pick one up.

False Nails: £1.00

 I picked up these false nails for 50p and couldn’t resist I’m planning to wear them this weekend when we go London Zoo for my Birthday. However I’ve brought countless set of nails in the pasts and I love them, they last a few days even more if you buy better glue and look amazing. Primark’s false nails are especially great for special nights out as they are so inexpensive and look absolutely amazing.

What have you tried from the P.S. Love range, what is worth trying and what isn’t? I’m impressed with some and not so with others but with the range been so inexpensive I don’t feel as though I’m wasted money.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Make Up Collection Part Two

So on Saturday I uploaded the first half of this and here is the rest of my make up collection that is here with me at university.

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Sleek Face Form in Light: This is the ultimate drug store contour kit when you get the hang of it, pretty much everything your face in one place especially with such a beautiful blush and all 3 work together and blend so easily.

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral in 102 Natural Ivory: This wasn’t a great foundation for me but I’ve almost hit pan and i’m mixing it with moisturiser and trying to make it work for me so it wasn’t £16.00 wasted.

Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Classic: I use this daily in my t zone and cheeks just generally where I want my make up to last longer, it leaves a matte finish and feels amazing. The only downside is it is a little expensive for a drugstore silicon based primer but I would repurchase if its the best in the drug store.

MUA Blushes in Bon Bon and Lolly: These are near enough identical which is my fault as I brought one loved in went to buy another and clearly love that tone so much I brought a near identical one. These are incredible blushes though especially for only £1.00 each.

A very old Natural Collection Shimmer Powder.

Wet n Wild Natural Wear Pressed Powder in Ivory: I bought this at cosmetic fairy over the summer and it is slightly too dark for my natural collection however, its a lovely quality powder and I’ll break it out next summer when i have a slight natural tan.

Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool: This used to be my go to powder now I tend to opt for Collections but I still love it, the only reason its not been used as much is because I dropped it and its smashed so it’s definitely more of an apply at home thing than touch up at home. Good if you’re on a budget though.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory: This unfortunately I got screwed over by feel unique as this was meant to be try me and it wasn’t, as when I asked where my sample was to test the colour I was told rudely it wasn’t one offered under try me despite it been advertised as try me. Regret buying it for feel unique as it is too dark but I’ve made doo mixed it with another foundation as it definitely add more CC to my standard foundation.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain: A true pale girl foundation and it leaves a perfect dewy brightening foundation that keeps you looking radiant and awake. Love this so much.

Make Up Academy Pressed Powder in Light: I bought this for travelling over the summer to keep in my bag for touch ups as for £1.00, its such a good powder and ideal to keep in my bag.

Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory: I have way too many pressed powders don’t I? This is by far my favourite pressed powder I’ve gone through so many and next time I’m in Superdrug/Boots as I’m hitting pan and I cannot live without it.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Sample: Totally lost my piece of paper with my colour on however, as its winter its too dark as I got matched for my colour about two days after coming back from holidaying in the south of france.

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light: So yeah I don’t like it but I’m determined to use it as a concealer is useful especially as a pencil to stick in my bag.

Make Up Academy Cover and Conceal Wand In Light: This is great for covering small blemishes but is slightly on the watery side but its a £1.00 concealer and highly workable.

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Avon Eyeshadow Duo in Warm Cashmere: A beautiful natural matte duo that is perfect for everyday, forgot about it for a while brought  it back out the other day and been wearing it a lot since.

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in Warm: Perfect for a brown smoky eye, brilliant amount of product and lovely shadows, only downside is that its £16.00 for 4 eyeshadows.

MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black Brown: I simply adore this mascara it’s essentially everything I’d ever want in a mascara, never going to go without this again.

Soap and Glory Its About Prime Eyeshadow Primer: Essentially just trying to use this up so I can open up my urban decay primer potion.

Rimmel Glam Eyes: The labels come of the back and I got it in a pound shop but its a lovely quad of colours only problem is some of the colours are tricky to use due to all the plastic dividers.

Make Up Academy Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tint in Stay and Girl Like Me: These are great for lazy days to add a wash of colour or use as a base for something else, definitely recommend and basically a touch up essential. It’s also essential for those who likes to sleep in just run over your eyelids as you run out the door.

Barry M Showgirl Mascara: This was a gift with purchase that I haven’t actually got round to using it as I’m getting better at not having 3/4 mascaras on the go at once. I will post a review possibly when I get round to trying it out.

Collection Colour Kohl Black Magic: My all time favourite eyeliner that I don’t think I will ever find a good replacement for and actually as its only £1.99 what is the point in trying to find something better.

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Make Up Academy Lip Lacquer in Tranquility: This is really the ultimate velvet/matte lip product, it honestly lasts ages and became a make up staple over the summer, especially as t held up so well throughout the day even when eating and drink.

Maybellene Baby Lips: This was a pound shop baby lips so I’m not sure what it is to its normal drug store equivilant and its an import however, this stuff is amazing and tends to stay in

3 Avon Lipstick Samples: I got these when avon had a stand at a careers day at my university, they had nothing related to me but I love get free samples and these are super nice lipsticks and colours.

Makeup Academy Lipstick in Bare: the ultimate budget nude, cannot get enough of this.

Barry M Cor Balmy in Adam and Eve: I love this balm but the scent is a little summery so I may retire this for a few months.

I’m honestly too lazy to get up and check the last few (lazy blogger I know), however I have so much stuff to do at the moment and some of these aren’t actually labelled as they’ve worn off. So how do you store your makeup and what are your favourites in your own collection?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Day 4: Recent Make Up Buys

I keep finding more and more bits I want to buy and build up my collection in regards to make up and exploring the bargain brand of MUA so I thought I’d share my purchases and opinions on them.

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(MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist)

Make Up Academy Pro-base Fixing Mist (60ml) promises up to 8 hours fixing power from your make up if you apply this after application. I brought this because I was attending Slam Dunk festival and knew my make up wouldn’t last and regular touch ups are not worth the effort as well as not always been possible. I don’t know if it necessarily made my make last fully for 8 hours but it helped most of it stay in tact, I later used this for another day in which I would need my make up all day and applied a bit after each layer and I have to say it really worked wonders and didn’t dry my skin out. I have never used one before and was sceptical about the concept but it doesn’t do half bad. Another small plus it is that this is the cheapest of this sort on the market currently. Available at Superdrug and MUA online store for £5.00.

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Sleek Face Form Palette in shade 373 light: I am yet to properly try this as I only brought it on Tuesday after been after it for ages, sleek is highly talked about on the drug store beauty blog world and I just couldn’t resist especially as everything you need for your face is in one palette. With a beautiful peachy pink blush, highlighter and bronzer you can perfect a contour look effortlessly radiant so easily (depending on your contouring skills obviously). Also for those of you who aren’t light skinned it comes in 4 shades: fair; light; Medium and dark. Available at Sleek Make Up, Boots and Superdrug for £9.99. (for a slightly cheaper alternative you can buy essentially this kit without the blush for £6.49 on these sites/shops)

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(Collection Pressed Powder)

I can’t even begin to count how many times I have repurchased the Collection Pressed Powder in Shade 18 Ivory, its my simple go to everyday power well this or every so often Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool, I love them both and they are so inexpensive which is a big plus as I always hate shelling out regularly for make up I use practically everyday as I’m a student and it all adds up. So I suggest you give either or even both ago as they as so cheap. Collection Pressed Powder is available in store at Boots and Superdrug for only £1.99!

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(MUA Lipstick)

As I’ve said before I have really been attempting to get into lipstick so I thought I’ll start cheap and fairly safe so therefore this beautiful Make Up Academy Lipstick in shade 14 bare was brought. I’m so glad I did, I was instantly surprised by the pigmentation in this especially for the price it feels so nice on your lips as well not to greasey and doesn’t dry your lips out. So tempted to just have a lipstick binge at the MUA counter next time I go into superdrug and have a proper lipstick experiment because I might as well. Available at MUA store and Superdrug for £1.00!!!! Yep only a pound!

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(From L to R: MUA Colour Blast in stay and MUA Colour Blast in A Girl Like Me)

MUA Colour Blast Eye Shadow Tint: These are just perfect for lazy days when you want long lasting eye shadow but don’t want to put the time in to do a perfect eye look, in addition I found they are very good to use as a cream base to blend or even as as eye shadow primer to add other colours on top for a perfect look. Stay is a beautiful shimmery creamy colour ideal for a light make up look, meanwhile still staying in neutral tones A Girl Like Me is darker and makes much more of a statement. Also both look stunning when blended together, they come in a huge variety of colours, I personally prefer natural tones but there is sure to be something for everyone. MUA eye shadow tints are available on the MUA store and Superdrug for £3.00.

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(MUA Blusher)

Last but not least another fantastic MUA bargain, this is the MUA Blusher in lolly. I wanted a more summery colour and I saw this and thought it was perfect peachy colour (which my picture gives no justice). I use this pretty much every day now and it adds such a beautiful hint of pink that just brightens up and picks up your face. Its not heavily pigmented but is great for adding a small touch of colour and I would highly recommend. Available in the MUA store and Superdrug for £1.00.

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(Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation)

So I wanted to try a new foundation and always heard good things about mineral foundation so thought I’d try out The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation in shade 102 natural ivory. I am so disappointed with the product I am usually considered to have ‘normal skin’ but I but this on and it looked chalky patch and dry the only way in which I could make this look half decent is my putting on either my primer or moisturiser and blending it in immediately doing my face in small sections and it simply isn’t worth the effort. I’d only suggest trying it if you have oily skin but all in all its best to just try something else, as I’ve spent the money I’ll use it but due to sometimes being patchy and chalky it might be for the days where the only thing I do is go Asda or something. In addition a note for all the fairer skinned girls out there despite having 10 shades the lightest is the one I purchased shade 102 natural ivory and even this is fairly dark. Only plus side is the small foundation brush included in the compact is lovely and i have been using it with my current foundation. Available at the Body Shop for £16.00.

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(The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes)

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in Shade 06 Warm (16g): This time a much more positive body shop purchase, I had been pondering purchasing these for a while but the price put me off a little but eventually I bit the bullet and I’m so glad I did they are simply gorgeous. All 4 can be used to create a stunning smoky eye; they can be used individually or countless combinations you can create. Highly pigmented and as each colour is in its only small case with a lid you can even pop the one out your using that day and pop it in your bag if touch ups are required or I suppose if you brought even more shimmer cubes (there are 7 shades to choose from) you could mix and match your own 4 shades to create your own mini shimmer pallet. I think these are great however it would be even better if the body shop created these cube combinations and same pack but in matt shade for a more day time/toned down look. Available from the Body Shop for £16.00.

Hope you enjoyed all my recent purchases and mini reviews.

G.B

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