Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Full Coverage Foundation Review!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing really well!

Sorry for being so quiet, I never guessed I would be so busy with daily life so early into 2018! A lot has been going on! (In a good way!!). But I am back with a review of the new ‘Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Full Coverage’ foundation!

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Maybelline Super Stay All Day 24hrs in the shade ’10 Ivory’

This has been a big topic of conversation in the beauty world, and obviously I was going to jump on the hype train! This claims to be a full coverage, long lasting foundation (hence the 24hrs) that wont budge or transfer all day, and won’t clog your pores. It also claims to be lightweight, and flawless.

First of all, I brought the total wrong shade! This was the lightest shade I could find in my local boots, but I have just been mixing some of the Nip+Fab lightning drops into help lighten this up! This shade will be great for me in summer, but if I don’t lighten this, I end up looking like a big orange mess! So will have to invest in the lightest shade!

Talking of shades, at the moment there are only 16 shades in this foundation. And the shade range isn’t great, and with the current controversy around this topic (and very rightly so) they could have done better. It is 100% not fair, that not all women can just easily walk up to a stand and find their shade. It is a great that as a community, we are standing up against this problem, and brands are finally realising a problem that never should have been a problem in the first place!

I have a few pro’s and con’s to this foundation, so lets get into that!

The packaging is beautiful! Has a lovely glass bottle and a pump which I really like! Makes application so much easier! And even though it is glass, it is super practical!

The coverage of this foundation is great! It is super lightweight as they state, and feels like nothing on your skin. It is easily build-able aswell, so you can get maximum coverage, but it can get slightly cakey if you don’t take the time to work it into your skin! But once on the skin and blended out, it looks flawless. Products layer really nicely on top, and looks effortless once set with powder. BUT this does really oxidise on the skin, like goes almost a shade darker! So just bear that in mind if you do purchase this product! As I have found out!

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Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush

I tried 3 different ways of applying this foundation. I used my Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush, my Beauty Blender, and the Real Techniques sponge. I found the best way to apply was with my Beauty Blender (not pictured as they need a proper good clean!!), as it made the product sit on my skin the best. I felt the other two methods made the product sink into my pores a little more, but regardless, if I was without my Beauty Blender I wouldn’t be offended by the application! Just needs a little more time and love!

Wear time wasn’t 24hrs like it states. (not that I would wear it for 24hrs, wouldn’t recommend that!!) After around 7 hours I was an oil slick! I have combo skin, so it isn’t all that unusual to get oily, but this seem to look more greasy than my skin usually would at this time, and my pores look disgusting! So I would wear this more for a night out, where it wouldn’t be on my face as long as all day wear. I have tried this a couple of times, with different primers and my skin was the same every time at the end of the day. And it transfers after a while aswell, so just beware of that!

Overall, this is a good drugstore foundation, and its a great price! Would just be weary on what shade you get, and that it can get super oily. Set it with a powder, and you’ll be good to go!

Till the next review!!

Lots of love, Ellie x

My Makeup Favourites Of The Year! 2017.

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all doing great!

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So, as promised, here is my favourites of 2017! These are my holy grail products, and throughout the year, I have reached for them the most! One of my favourite things is buying new make up, and it is the best feeling when you first use it, and instantly get that ‘I am going to love this’ feeling! And every single one of these gave me that! Iv have stand out products, and some I couldn’t whittle down to just 1!

So this is going to be super long! But, sometimes you can’t hold back when it comes to makeup! Why would you? I have only included 1 eyeshadow palette, due to the fact I done a totally dedicate blog post on my favourite palettes of the year, so go and check that out!

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Primers

NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer in white, £7 – This gives the most beautiful glow to the skin! I feel as if this is a really good dupe for MAC’s strobe cream in Sliverlite. I use this on the areas of my face that aren’t oily, and my foundation always sits so nice on top! A really good drugstore primer!

Touch in Sol No Poreblem, £15 – I first heard about this product from Jeffree Star! And so many other people were raving about it! I have huge pores, so i’m willing to try anything to fill them in! This totally fills in and blurs all my skin beautifully! I feel like it also helps to keep my oils at bay during the day, and my makeup looks flawless! A little bit also goes a long way! I will continue to use this throughout 2018! And I also think the price is pretty good, considering how long it will last you!

Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13, £23.50 – This is been my favourite foundation for years, this was on the of the first MAC products I ever purchased, and have probably gone through countless bottles of this! This works with my oily skin amazing! The coverage is unreal, and other products layer so well on top! I will forever continue to re-purchase!

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter, in Angel Food 110N. £32 – Now, this hasn’t long been released, and instantly sold out on cult beauty! As soon as I could get my hands on it, I ordered it straight away! God this is high coverage, and it looks totally flawless on the skin! It also lasts really well, and helps to keep my skin matte! The only thing I don’t like about this, is the smell! Its a really strong perfume smell, and it tends to linger on the face for a while! But I just get past that, I love this so much. The colour range is also really nice, and I feel like this is the first foundation that has ever properly matched my skin!

Sadly, I am yet to find a drugstore foundation I love, but that is on my list of things to discover this year!

Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape, in Light Neutral, £22. – Well, if this isn’t the most talked about concealer of the year, what is? Because this stuff is like Photoshop in a tube. The pigments and coverage in this concealer is a total game changer! The way it brightens your skin, and covers is like no other concealer I have ever put on my face! The smallest amount goes such a long way, and creasing? No way Sista!! This will stay put throughout the day, and l have even brought myself a couple of back ups so I will never run out! It looks incredible under the eyes, covers redness and spots, and also carves out your brows really well! LOVE!

Collection Lasting Perfection, in Fair 1, £4.19. – Again, one of the most talked about drugstores concealers ever! This was the first concealer I was ever introduced to, and since then, I have continued to buy it . The coverage is wicked, and once you set it, it will last all day! It isn’t as crease proof as shape tape, but if you’re on a budget this is the best alternative! You will not be disappointed!

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Powder

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, in Translucent, £13.99 – This powder has been the only one I used through the whole of 2017. I brought numerous different ones, but this has been 1st place through and through. It mattifies the skin so nicely, and doesn’t look cakey in anyway! It bakes beautifully, and leaves your under-eyes looking so smooth and bright. I brought this Jan 2017, and I am still using the same pot I started with! You get so much product that will last you months and months and it is just such a good price as well! In the UK you can find this on Amazon.

Contour

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, in Light to Medium, £42. –  This is more on the pricey side of makeup, as its ABH, but the colour of the contour on my pale skin is perfect. I purchased this back when I was in New York, and I haven’t stopped using it since! I am still yet to even hit pan on this, and for a while I used it every single day! Again, I’ve tried a lot of contouring products, but this is still a standout for me. This year I want to try more contour powders, and even creams, drugstore and high end! A firm fave in my collection.

Bronzer

MAC bronzing powder in Matte Bronze, £23. – I feel as if not many people talk about this a lot, I was wondering around the MAC store one day when I came across this, and the colour is just right for my skin tone. It blends effortlessly, and it isn’t so pigmented you have to dip your brush in once. Get a good swirl in there, and you are good to go! I haven’t really experimented with bronzer enough since finding this! Another discovery I want to make this year!

Blush

Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose 01, £12. – Again, another product I purchased in the states! (It’s only $9 in the USA, instead of £12 here!) and something I’ve used ever since I got home! It gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin, and looks really natural! The colour is beautiful and totally matte. The formula isn’t super creamy, but you can get a lot of product on your brush! When I go back to the US in July this year, I am definitely going to try more colours from this line!

Nars Blush in Deep Throat, £24. – Those oh so controversial Nars Blusher names hey! These blushes are gorgeous, and Deep Throat is my favourite colour this year! A beautiful pink, with a very slight shimmer through it, to give your skin a beautiful glow! It is super pigmented unlike the Milani one (which is totally different anyway) and one swipe in the pan, and off you go!

Highlighter

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, £32. – Highlighter is my favourite base make up (obvs!) and this is a wet, totally blinding highlight! The formula is so creamy, and it effortlessly blends into the skin to look almost natural! This is one of the only highlighters I have ever hit pan on! Incredible! And once it hits the light, BOOM! You will light up the room! This will also suit a lot of different skin tones!

Sleek Solstice Palette, £9.99. – A firm favourite within the beauty community this year! I really enjoy the colours in this palette, I mainly stick to the yellowy colour for my cheek bones and bronze colour the inner corner of my eye, as I don’t often use cream, or purples. Regardless this is blinding! Totally blinding! If you like a super wet look, shine so they can ‘see you from space’ highlighter, this is the one for you! It isn’t super creamy, it is a little more on the powdery side, but at such a good price, you couldn’t walk out of a shop without picking this up! Sleek have totally smashed this! Go Sleek!

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Brows

Soap & Glory Archery 2-1 Pencil & Brush in Love Is Blonde, £8.50. – Iv tried numerous different pencils this year, I love the ABH Brow Wiz, but the price tag is ridiculous! I feel like its got more expensive throughout the year. The first one I ever brought was around £16. I decided to try and find a cheaper alternative, as I seem to go through brow products the quickest as I use them even on days I wear no makeup. I found this pencil, and I feel it gives the exact same effect! The colour is so cool toned with no orange tinge to it! It lasts on my brows without setting them all day, and it is such a good price! Also comes with spoolie on the other end!

Too Faced Shadow In Nudie (from the natural eyes shadow palette), £32. – Now, this was a totally out of the blue discovery for me. I brought this palette to use for my eyes! (obviously, it is an eyeshadow palette) I still do use it for its sole purpose, and is a great ‘no makeup, makeup day’ palette.. BUT the shade ‘Nudie’ is the most perfect brow colour for my blonde brows I have come across! With no warm tones, just a totally cool tone, light brown/taupe colour, it is the best! I use this every single day, I even travel with this, as not only can I use if for eyeshadow, I also have brows! I am desperately trying to find a extremely similar colour for an alternative to this, so once it has run out, I don’t have to re-purchase the whole palette for 1 eyeshadow!

Eyeshadow

Charlotte Tilbury Palette in The Vintage Vamp, £39. – I had to include just 1 eyeshadow palette! The reason this didn’t make my top 6 is because this is one of the newest palettes in my collection. The gold glitter is totally to DIE for! It is so glittery, and I use this on days when I want a more dramatic eye! I feel like its best over the top of shadows, rather than on a bare lid, as it pops more! The other colours are also gorgeous, and very luxury looking, with very luxury packaging!

Liner

Soap & Glory Super Cat Liquid Liner in Carbon Black Extreme, £6. – This.. is the best. Totally budge proof, so user friendly, and JET BLACK. I am rubbish at liner, and every one I try I ruin my makeup! This will never fail me, the formula is the perfect consistency, the felt tip is just flexible enough to get right into the corner, and create the perfect wing every time, and I get quite watery eyes, and this really doesn’t move! I do use a black Kiko shadow to set this (featured in my Kiko haul) just to properly set it into place, but it turns matte, but you have enough time to really work with this product on your eyes. Incredible.

Mascaras

L’Oreal Paradise Extatic in 01 Black, £11.99. – This is a newer discovery for me, my love for expensive mascaras needed to slow down, as this is another product that you can go through really quick. This makes my lashes look like false lashes. The length and volume this gives is unreal. Even on the shortest, flattest lashes, this will make such a difference. The formula isn’t to wet, nor to dry, so you can really layer this up with no time delay at all. Its totally jet black, and will make your lashes stand out. This has been super hyped up by Tati Westbrook, and she inspired me to buy this! I’m so glad I did!

Benefit Roller Lash in Black, £20.50 – This is ‘Roller Lash’ for a reason, Holy smokes it rollssssss your lashes to space! You can achieve incredible length and volume from this mascara, and is 100% my favourite out of all the Benefit mascaras. This doesn’t dry out, and it can last me a couple of months, so I’m not overly bothered about the price tag!

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Lips

Tom Ford Lip Colour, from the Girls & Boys collection in the shade Ellie, £29. – This is more of a special lipstick to me! This was my first ever Tom Ford product, and when I saw the Boys&Girls collection, and I saw my name, I was so happy! Michael kindly brought me this for Christmas and I just love it. It is such a tiny lipstick, so I will sparingly use it, but I have used it a couple of times, and the mauve undertone really compliment my skin! Almost like it was made for me 😉

Burts Bees Lipstick, in the shade 501 Blush Basin, £9.99. – I got this in the ‘Latest In Beauty’s limited edition ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Box’ (FYI my most favourite film in the whole world) and the whole box was based around roses! This lipstick was in included, and at first I didn’t think much of it, but once I started using it more, I felt like this was the perfect ‘throw on’ lip, like a ‘your lips but better’ shade for me! And as Burts Bees are renowned for their lip balms, you can imagine how amazing this makes your lips feel. Always in the bottom of my handbag as well!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in the shade 70 (Limited Edition holiday collection), £28. – Last year, I tried to get my hands on a YSL holiday lipstick, simply because the glittery packaging is stunning. I didn’t realise it had been released, walked into John Lewis, and right at the front.. there it was. This is collection is beautiful, and so is the lipstick! So luxe, and it is so creamy and glossy! Sadly, this is no longer available in many places, but I will continue to collect their holiday lipsticks every year. Another special one for me.

 

And that folks is it for 2017! Sorry for the long winded post, but I could resist babbling on about my favourite products! I cannot wait to discover new make up in 2018, and see what changes in my staple collection!

Lots of love, Ellie x

 

My Current Perfume Favourites! Jan 2018

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all well!

I just wanted to do a little post on my current favourite perfumes! Perfume is a super personal preference, but that is the beauty of it all! There are 1000’s of different scents to choose from, with brands bringing them out all the time! Which is great as it keeps it new, and interesting!

I find I sway more towards fresh and aquatic scents, rather than sweet or floral! I don’t like anything to ‘knock your socks off’, and I find fresher scents help me achieve what I’m looking for! Sometimes I come across the odd sweeter scent, but it always comes down to what tickles your fancy!

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MAC Turquatic, from £14.

This has always been my most favourite scent ever! It can’t get more aquatic and airy than this scent! It features; Anemone, Lotus, Orris, and Corsican Blue Cedar. It lasts for hours, and only need to top up a couple of times if necessary! The packaging is a tropical paradise, totally gorgeous and unique! I very often get compliments when wearing this scent! And the biggest bottle (50ml) is only £35 which for a perfume is amazing! I wish they would bring out a bigger bottle, I go through this stuff like its water!

Moschino Fresh Couture, from £35. 

So, the clue to why I love this is in the name really! Another super ‘Fresh’ scent! It features; Bergamot, Mandarin, Raspberry, Cedarwood and Ambrox. I can smell this for days on my clothes! (Coats, scarfs etc). The packaging is so cool! I just wish the spray actually came from the cleaner spray, instead of this just being the lid! I have 50ml and 30ml, and I carry the 30ml in my bag as my everyday perfume! Love!

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, from £62. 

Now this totally contradicts my ‘I love fresh’ scents. This is a fruity/floral scent! This features; Grapefruit-Quince accord, Jasmine and White Musk. This scent totally drew me in, it is so feminine and sexy, and this is my ‘night out’ perfume! It is super expensive, so I do use it sparingly, but you will only need a couple of sprays! This is really intense and will linger all day! The bottle is so sleek, and looks amazing on my dressing table! So many people will question what scent I am wearing when I use this! So unlike me, and that is why I love it so much!

Perfume is something I don’t tend to explore very often, but this year I want to explore new scents, and see if anything will be able to beat my MAC Turquatic!

Lots of love, Ellie x

A Kiko Black Friday Haul!

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all fab!

Black Friday hit us a couple of weeks ago, and whilst out Christmas shopping, a lip kit (in the shade strawberry rose) for my BBF Danielle (ddlovesx) caught my eye, from Kikos new Christmas collection! As I walk in, they had a huge deal on! So, buy 6, and get the cheapest 3 free! OF COURSE I jumped at the opportunity and with Mike walking behind, basket in hand, off I went! (and they currently have a up to 50% sale on at this moment!) Kiko is super affordable as well, you can get a lot for your money!

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Kiko Haul! (Not including lip kit)

All together I spent around £50, which was amazing for the amount of product I got! Iv tried and tested everything, so here we go!

Eyelash Curlers, £4.90 I got to the till, and as my old ones were battered, I picked these up! Really good price, and they do the job! Not to much to say on these, but they give my lash a good curl, and they are lasting really well!

Face Make Up Fixer, £6.90 – Sadly, this was included in my blog post ‘un-favourites of 2017’, so check out that post for a more in depth review! But this just smells weird, and the mist is really drying!

Smart colour eyeshadow, in the shades (from left to right) 02, 32 and 31. £2.50 – The black shade (32) I use every time I wear liquid liner to set it! It is the perfect black, and there isn’t a lot of fall down for such a dark shade! And I feel like it will last me ages! And for the price, it is now a staple in my collection! The other 2 are okay! Nothing to write home about really!

High pigment wet and dry eyeshadow, in the shade 39. £5.90 – I really enjoy this shadow, has great pigmentation, it needs a little bit of work when blending, but I have found building the colour whilst blending is the best way! Still an incredible price, would 100% recommend!

Glow Fusion Power Highlighter in the shade, Brilliant Champagne, £9.90 – This is my favourite product from the whole haul! It is beautiful! It isn’t super blinding, which is what I usually sway toward, but its a gorgeous glow from within! If you build you can totally shine! The formula is super creamy, and the colour is almost a white with a shift of champagne! GORGEOUS! Totally beautiful! This looks great on bare skin as well, to give you that extra healthy glow!

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Glow Fusion Highlighter in the shade – Brilliant Champagne

Smart lipsticks (shades listed below), £3.90 – I really like these lipsticks, my favourite shades are 908 & 904. Really nice formula to them, and the colour lasts a really long time on your lips! They aren’t matte, so you might have to top up throughout the day, but so worth it! My least favourite is 928, but this is only because I never wear baby pink lips! I’m way to pale for that, and I think I just picked up the wrong shade! (Silly me, always check before you buy!!) I’ve only used it to swatch, so I will give it away to a friend or family member who I know will use and love it!

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Kiko Lipstick Swatches (shades left to right) 811, 908, 903, 928, 914.

Standout volume mascara, in the shade black, £9.90 – Another ‘un-favourite’ of the year unfortunately! Again, not to much detail as it is on my other blog post, but this mascara is just way to wet, and give me no curl or ‘stand out’ volume!

Unlimited foundation, in the shade Warm Beige 15, £14.90 – I like this foundation a lot! It has a lovely coverage, starts off medium, and its build-able! So you can get it to full! Also has SPF 15 in it. I don’t feel as if it has a matte finish, its more of a dewy/slightly satin finish! Products layer really nice on top of it, but due to my oily skin, it doesn’t last as well on my skin. It gets oily after about 4/5 hours of wear. Even with baking my under eyes and setting spray, my oils seep through quite bad, which is such a shame because I really like the formula! If you have normal/dry skin, this would be great for you! I also love the packaging, the frosty glass feels really luxury!

I love Kiko as a brand, and they have some amazing products! And they are so affordable, with really high quality makeup! So if you are on a budget, but want really good makeup, I would 100% recommend! There was a couple of duds for me personally, but there always will be! With so many different products, sometimes they don’t always work! I also love their stores. If you don’t want to shop for makeup online, go in store!

Lots of love, Ellie x

My ‘Un-favourites’ Of The Year! 2017

Hi Guys! Hope you’re all doing well!

So 2017 has been a huge year for make up! There has been thousands of releases! Some amazing.. some.. not so amazing! So of course, there is a room for a good favourites and un-favourites post!! Sadly, I had a huge makeup clear out before Christmas, so a lot of the things I didn’t enjoy have been donated, or chucked away!! But of what I do have left, and kept, I wanted to share what and why I didn’t enjoy these products!

Just a quick disclaimer! If you really enjoy these products, please don’t feel offended! Sadly they just didn’t work out for me, and i’m so glad they worked for you!! It means you spent your money on something you love, and what could be better? Also, all the brands i’m mentioning I really love. But these specific products just didn’t work out!

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Kiko – Face Make up Fixer.

So recently I done a little shop in Kiko as they had their ‘black Friday sale’ on (blog post on Haul!) and I came across this! Now I love the fact its a continuous spray, but the smell is almost unbearable! Even Michael has picked up on the smell, it lingers on your face all day! And it feels like i’m spraying NOTHING on my face!!! So this was a huge no for me i’m afraid!

Barry M – In The Glow, Tahitian Body Oil.

This was an impulse purchase for my holiday to Cyprus! I thought this would look amazing over a slight tan! Sadly, it just looked like oil on my skin, and being quite pale, I had all the chance to see a slight hint of colour but I just felt like an oily mess! Also again the smell, it lasts for DAYS on your hands and skin, it almost gets stuck up your nose! I gave it to my mum and the exact reaction came from her! So no no!

Collection – Lasting Perfection Colour Correcting Concealer in Green 2.

The lasting perfection concealer is an all time favourite of mine, i’ve loved it for years and years, gone through countless bottles and was the first proper concealer I ever purchased for myself! So when Collection came out with a colour correcting formula I was straight down to Boots (Our drugstore in the UK) to grab it!!

I was gutted to find this didn’t cover anything! Green is supposed to mask redness, and this just blended away into my foundation! It wouldn’t stay on my skin, and it just made my skin look super drying! So not only did it blend away, it made my skin look gross! I love the Yellow one they have, but for some reason this just doesn’t live up to expectations! Totally, totally gutted!

Rimmel London – Insta Duo Contour Stick in Light.

Rimmel brought out their ‘Insta’ range in the summer, and this was the first thing I decided to try! I feel like its really difficult to blend on the skin, and both the Contour and Highlight sticks move all the foundation underneath! The contour is super patchy, and the highlight is so subtle you may aswell not have anything on! Although I do like the Insta Power they brought out in the collection, so I would recommend spending your money on that!

theBalm Cosmetics – Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer.

‘Mary Lou Manizer’ Highlighter is my favourite thing from theBalm! So seeing how much I loved that, I needed to try more! I saw Lisa Eldridge use this in a video, so obviously this was going to be my next purchase! I hate to say, it done nothing for my eyeshadow. I feel it gave me an oily base, and didn’t help my shadow stay on, or look good. It made my shadow go on patchy, and was a ‘start again’ situation, which was super frustrating! Think i’ll just stick to my highlighter for now!

Sleek Makeup – Creme Contour Kit in Light. 

I saw Nic from Pixiwoo use this in a video not to long ago, and I loved the way it made her skin look! So I popped out and brought it, and I did NOT get the same result! This stuff made my face look so greasy, and blended into this big blob of mud! The lighter shades just made my foundation blend away, so there was nothing left under my eyes! And I feel like it made my pores look even bigger than they are! And we don’t need that!!

NYX – HD ‘High Definition’ Eye Shadow Base in ESB04.

Again, I love so many NYX products, their Tame&Frame Tinted Brow Pomade is a staple in my collection! But this totally did not work! No pigmentation, and again it just moved my concealer around my eyes to look like a big un-blended mess! Another start again job! So sadly, I wouldn’t recommend this IF you had oily eyelids! I think this could work if you have dry skin!

Kiko – Standout Volume Mascara in Black.

This made my lashes look more flat than they already are! I curled them like I do everyday, built and built and built it up, and it gave me nothing! I feel as if the formula is super wet, and the bristles in the brush are so spread apart, it can’t coat your lashes properly! Again I love Kiko, and they do some amazing mascaras! But this one almost flattened my lashes!

Maybelline New York – Dream Flawless Nude Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Ivory.

Now, this isn’t a new products, I saw it in TK Maxx once and was super intrigued by it! So me and my BBF decided to buy and try it… OILY MESS. First I got the lightest colour ‘Ivory’, and it was so dark! And their darkest shade isn’t much darker, so shade range is terrible, and i’m so shocked, because maybelline usually have a pretty decent colour selection! And their foundations are some of the best at the drugstore! Secondly, the pigment and the oils in the makeup really separate! You have to give it a really good shake, and even then it almost doesn’t mix together properly! But I still gave it a try, and the oils in my skin were already seeping through once id finished my makeup! I even tried to bake, use setting spray and nothing seemed to help! It gave my skin a super weird gritty feeling aswell… pores looked HUGE! Giant no!

Huda Beauty – Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base.

I was so excited for this launch!!! I LOVE the foundation! (In my favourites, watch this space!) But this just didn’t do anything as a primer, it didn’t pro-long my foundation wear, and I feel as if it didn’t mix well with the Huda Faux Filter foundation at all! The smell is so pungent aswell! It will not leave your skin all day, and as the foundation smells the same, its just way to over powering! This would probably work much better on a dry skin type, but for me and my combo skin, it didn’t work at all!

AND that folks is it for 2017!! Again I love all these brands, but sadly these products didn’t work out for me! But if the worked for you, I’m so happy they did!

Until next time!! Ellie x

My Stand Out Palettes Of 2017.

Hi guys! Hope you’re all doing great!

So as 2017 comes to an end, I wanted to start writing about my favourite palettes of the year! An all round makeup favourites and un-favourites will be coming soon (watch this space!). But eyeshadow is hands down my favourite make up! and I love buying them!  So I feel as if, this deserved it’s very own post! I have 6 different palettes to talk about, all different in their each unique way!

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Morphe – The Jaclyn Hill Palette, Jouer – Skinny Dip, Tartelette – In Bloom, ABH – Modern Renaissance, Urban Decay – Naked Ultimate Basics – Huda Beauty – Mauve Obsessions.

These 6 palettes have been a total stand out for me this year! I have an ever-growing palette obsession, but I always reach for these guys! I was originally going to do 5 but I couldn’t whittle it down!! I love every single one for different reasons! So… shall we?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance. Shades left to right, top to bottom – Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe and Realgar.

First up, is my most used palette of the year! The Anastasia Beverly Hills, Modern Renaissance Palette. Im totally obsessed with warmer tones, and this doesn’t disappoint! This is probably one of the most talked about palettes of the year, and for all good reasons.

ABH smashed it with the pigmentation of the palette. EVERY SINGLE SHADE is beautiful! I don’t feel as if any of them are chalky or patchy in anyway way! There is some slight fall down, but they are so creamy in texture, it just makes up for it! They blend totally effortlessly on the eyes, and you can create a subtle look, or go all the way to a deep, rich smokey eye!

The colour lasts all day long on the lid, being just as bold as when first being applied to the eyelid! They have a really good selection of colours! Great crease and transition shades, as well as deep, bold colours! I usually find myself gravitating toward the more brown/orange colours, as I enjoy the look I can create with them on my eyes! But the pinky tones are just as nice, I know a lot of people that use them all the time!

This is 1 of my most recommend palettes to every one who asks, and every one loves it!

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Morphe – The Jaclyn Hill Palette. Colours from left to right, top to bottom. Enlight, Beam, Silk Creme, M.F.E.O, Faint, Sissy, Little Lady, Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen, Obsessed, S.B.N, Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple, Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha, Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, and Abyss.

Of course… this beauty had to make my top 6 list! The Jaclyn Hill Palette By Morphe has got to be the palette that BROKE the internet! I remember when this palette was first released in the USA, and I was so desperate to get my hands on it! I almost caved in, and paid the extortionate shipping and customs fee, but then the fairy godmother they called ‘Beauty Bay’ released it, and I could not wait to get my hands on this!! I sat in a que from 9am trying to get this! And clearly so many other people were aswell and the site crashed! Finally, after 3 hours of waiting, about 60,000 in an online que.. I got it!

And.. Im so glad I did, because OMG this could be my favourite of the year! Due to not having it very long, there is no way i’ve used this as much as my ABH one (pictured first), but still my firm favourite of the year. The special formulation is something Morphe should be proud of, the creamy texture of every shadow it on another level! Its a palette I can look at and use every single colour! The pops of greens, blue and the purple at the bottom are gorgeous colours, and it really helped me to try out more bold looks! It paid off, everyone complimented my eyes! I used ‘Pool Party’ for a night out, and even my boyfriend had a double take! To this day he still talks about that look!

This is so versatile, and if you was travelling, this could be the only palette you would need! It has everything you could want, the matte creamy colours, browns, oranges, reds, pinks, the pop of colour! What else? Now this is a very warm shade palette, so if you much prefer cooler tones, this may not be the one for you! But that should not stop you from trying this, if there is one palette that could change your mind, this would be it! And I would re-purchase over and over again!

The only thing I wish it had, was a mirror. I know Morphe palettes, don’t usually come with a mirror, but as a Beauty Guru herself, i’m surprised that one wasn’t included! And that would be my only negative about this.

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Huda Beauty – Mauve Obsessions. (No colour names were released)

Huda Beauty is known for their famous eyeshadow palettes! Mainly the Rose Gold, and the newly released Desert Dusk palettes. But on November 1st this year, they released 4 new mini palettes, all with 9 colours! Now, I would have thought that the ‘Warm Brown Obsessions’ would have stood out to me the most, BUT as soon as I saw this colour combination, it was straight in my basket! The dusky pinks and the plums really caught my eye!

The combinations of the colours are incredible. You can use every colour with each other so easily, and still create so many looks! The matte shades are a little more on the chalky side, but once they are blended on to your lid, they look effortless. The 3 shimmer shades are blinding! Again, I use my fingers to get the best pay off, but a little fix plus or water on a brush and you can still get an incredible effect. I also feel these colours can suit any skin tone!

I think these little palettes are a great start if you haven’t tried the Huda Beauty shadows before, as the bigger palettes are a pretty eye watering £56 GBP. With these only being £25, it is definitely worth trying these before going big! And they are a great size for travel! Chuck in your make up bag and go!

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Urban Decay – The Naked Ultimate Basics. Colours left to right, top to bottom. Blow, Nudie, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal, Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lock Out, Magnet, and Black Jack.

This palette has a cute little story behind it! When I was very ill a couple of months back, my boyfriend wanted to find a way to cheer me up, and I was awoken to a beautiful bunch of flowers, and this! Safe to say it 100% put a smile on my face, he knows how to make me happy!!

But that isn’t the only reason this is in my top 6. I feel as if I don’t have anything like this in my collection. There are hundreds of matte palettes, but I feel as if this is the best for transition, crease and outer corner shades! They totally live up to the standard of the UD eyeshadows, a little more on the chalky side, but again, once on the lid and blended out, they look gorgeous! And I love the matte black in this, everyone needs a matte black!

If you don’t like an all matte look, you will need to reach for a different palette, to get a beautiful shimmer or metallic, but I feel you wouldn’t buy this palette if that bothered you anyway! A great staple in my collection!

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Jouer – Skinny Dip. Colours from left to right – Star Light, Bikini, Skinny Dip, Tan Lines, Magic Hour, and Midnight Swim.

This was the first product i’ve tried from Jouer! I heard so many beauty influencers talking about how blinding it was, I couldn’t wait to try it out!

Clearly, this isn’t a palette that you can make a loads of different looks out of! The six shimmers are more to compliment other shadows, rather than each other! So unless you are just looking for glitters, you will need some matte eyeshadows (or shimmers by all means) if you want to create a full look with this!

I find the best way to apply these is with a wet brush and a glitter primer underneath! I use the NYX glitter primer, £8, as a base as they can have a little fall down, and from different techniques, feel as if this makes the colours last longer.

The only shade that I feel could have been so much better is ‘Bikini’. The standard and pigmentation of this shade is no-where near as good as the other 5. I feel as if there isn’t much colour pay off, and looks like a sheer glitter on your eyes.

Regardless of that 1 shade. I take this everywhere with me. If i’m travelling, this palette gives me a great selection of glittery, metallic shades without having to risk taking a full pot of glitter with me! Star Light, and Skinny Dip are stand out shades, and they can go with pretty much any look you can come up with!

Iv used this on lots of different people, with different skin tones, and no matter what it always looks just as stunning!

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Tarte – Tartelette In Bloom. Colours left to right, top to bottom – Charmer, Jet Setter, Rocker, Smoke Show, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and Leader.

Now, this isn’t the latest edition in the Tartelette family! I purchased this in Sephora, when I was in New York last November. The reason I decided to include this, is because I haven’t stopped using it since! (As you can see by the state of it!!)

First of all, it has a lovely smell! You open it, and it almost smells chocolatey! But that isn’t the reason I love it!

This is my go to for a more natural look! I love this on days where I don’t want to much on my eyes, just something girly, pinky and golden! This has lovely colour pay off, and blends into the eyes beautifully. And I often use the shade Charmer as a base for a lot of my other shadows aswell! The shade Funny Girl is almost a firm fave for me! The darker colours I feel can help take my look from Day to Night! A beautiful smokey eye can be created which I love!

I really need to get my hands on the other 2 Tartelette palettes! They’re all beautiful!

And that is it!! My stand out’s for 2017! I cannot wait for what 2018 has in store for eyeshadow! Bring it on!

Until next time, Ellie x

 

Urban Decay ‘Naked Heat’ Review

Hi People! Hope you are all fabulous!!

For Christmas this year, my boyfriend Michael wondered into John Lewis, walking the makeup isles, and spotted the new ‘Naked Heat’ palette by Urban Decay and told me he instantly thought ‘now that is something Ellie would love’! (The boy knows). As you will find out, I am a warm tone kind of girl!! I live and breathe for warm orange and brown tones. I feel as if they suit me the most, as I’m a very pale gal with blue eyes! The warm tones really help my eyes to pop!! I also do like to throw in some dark pinks and blinding silvers from time to time!

Now, due to being a new palette from Urban Decay this is already highly reviewed (very mixed reviews aswell I must add). But as I swatched and played with this, I just couldn’t resist writing my first makeup related post about it!! I totally forgot to photograph before I had a go with it, but still pictures do it so much justice! This palette includes 12 brand new shades also.

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The Naked Heat Palette, £39.50
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Colours from left to right – Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, and Ember.

First of all, the packaging is totally wonderful! Its eye catching, and so different from all the other naked palettes, as they are all very toned down, but this is just amazing! It really stands out in my palette collection!

Okay so, pigmentation is obviously up to all Urban Decay standards, as they are renowned for insane colour pay off! But they have the most amazing buttery texture, and they blend like a dream on the eyes, but there is a little bit of fall down, so just be aware of this! They also don’t swatch as well, but don’t let that stop you!! It’s totally deceiving!

I feel like the Matte shades have more colour pay off than the shimmery/metallic shades, but with a little water, or setting spray on your brush, they are blinding!! I usually use my fingers for the more shimmery shades, as I feel you will get the most out of your colours this way!

I just want to express, this palette is missing a more light golden shade for the lid. All the shimmery shades seem to be a little more on the darker side, so I feel as if I have to reach for another palette to be able to achieve this. BUT they have the best transition shades! The colours ‘Sauced’ and ‘Low Blow’ are the ones I reach for the most in my crease! The only shade that I think could have been a little better is ‘Ashes’. As the darkest shade, it could have been darker, and its probably the most patchy shade of them all aswell!

The brush that is included isn’t anything to rave about either, but regardless if a palette comes with a brush, I always reach for my own, so it would be nothing I would slate, as it doesn’t change how I feel about the palette.

Overall, if you enjoy the warmer things in life, I would 100% recommend it. I wouldn’t if you like cooler tones, as this doesn’t offer ‘cool’. (obvs the naked ‘heat’ gives it away, silly).

Until next time, Ellie x