3 Benefit Bits I’m Loving | Summer Beauty

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It’s no surprise that Benefit is by far one of my favourite beauty brands. Not only do I absolutely love their in-store brow services (read up about my experience of the Benefit Brow Bar here) – but I’m a big fan of many of their products too!

Today I’ll be sharing 3 products that I have been absolutely loving this summer – ones that last long and help you look flawless through the heat.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer

Having a long-lasting makeup base in summer is a pretty challenging. However, using the right products can make a huge difference. Throughout the autumn and winter months, I normally use cream concealers. However, the Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer is pretty much MADE for the warm, summer months. The concealer comes in a compact tub that is perfect for on-the-go touch ups, and more importantly, IT’S WATERPROOF! This offers a medium-sheer coverage, feels lightweight on the skin and is great for concealing dark under-eye circles or blemishes. Pop on some powder over the top and the coverage will last for hours! This is available in 6 different shades.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer

Whether you’re into big, dramatic lashes or more natural looking ones, the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer is a must-have for the summer. I love big, dramatic lashes all year round and would highly recommend the Benefit BADgal BANG! and the Benefit They’re Real Mascara if you’re into false-looking lashes too. If you prefer natural lashes (with a bit of a boost!) the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer can be worn on its own to add a brown tint and define the lashes. However, when worn underneath a mascara, this further enhances the lashes by increasing the length and volume without clumping up the lashes. Lash primer is one of those products you don’t realise that you need in your makeup routine, until you’ve tried it![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

I’ve spoken about my love for Benefit brow products countless times on my blog and the product I’m reach for the most at the moment has to be the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. The brow pencil glides on the brows easily, so filling in your brows with this is super quick. It also has a waterproof formula, which is essential for summer and it comes with a built-in spoolie brush, which you can use to soften your brows once you are done filling them in. This comes in 8 different shades, so you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you![/pipdig_padded_text]

Is Benefit BADgal BANG! Really Out of This World?

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By now we’ve all heard about Benefit’s exciting new launch – the BADgal BANG! Mascara. I’m a big fan of Benefit’s previous mascara launches, particularly the They’re Real mascara which is one of my all-time favourite mascaras, so I was looking forward to giving the new BADgal BANG! mascara a go.

Does this mascara really live up to all the hype that has surrounded its launch?

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Firstly, can we all agree on just how cool the packaging looks?! Pink, black and with a studded top, the packaging is definitely a WINNER!

The main selling point of the BADgal BANG! mascara is that it promises to give you an impressive 36 hours of full-blast volume. Personally, I wear my mascara for around 8-10 hours a day, but I have seen some YouTubers test out the mascara for a full 36 hours and it seemed to do pretty well, so my expectations for this mascara were high.

The mascara wand is plastic, just like Benefit’s other mascaras. Although I normally prefer a natural bristle brush to a plastic wand, Benefit mascaras seem to be an exception as they somehow work really well with my lashes (naturally quite long but lacking volume). The BADgal BANG! mascara features a new brush by Benefit that contains 300 soft half cone-shaped bristles to maximise the product deposit on each lash, thereby increasing the volume. It also contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials that is derived from space technology, in order to avoid weighing the lashes down with the volume.

The formula itself is designed to layer on easily for bigger lashes and is smudge-proof, flake-free and water-resistant so it should well and truly last all day.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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So, how did I personally find the BADgal BANG! mascara?

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I like having big dramatic-looking lashes as part of my everyday makeup. Even though I like to keep my makeup looking quite natural, I find that a good mascara can really help my eyes look bigger and more awake, even on early mornings.

The first thing I noticed was that the formula of the mascara is quite wet, which made me doubt how much I’d like this. However, as soon as I applied my first fresh layer of BADgal BANG! on my lashes, all my doubts melted away – it is incredible! Just one layer provides so much volume, and the mascara is a TRUE black (not a grey-ish black like some other mascaras!). I’ve read some reviews which said that the mascara looked clumpy on their lashes, however personally the mascara looked just fine on me, and as you can see from the photo above, there’s not a clump in sight!

The mascara lasted very well on my lashes throughout the day and I’m looking forward to carry on using this through to the summer months, when a water-resistant mascara is definitely a good idea – especially on hot days or when on holiday! I love using makeup products that you can just apply once at the beginning of the day, and not have to worry about it until you go to remove your makeup in the evening, and this is a great mascara for that.

Compared to the Benefit They’re Real mascara, the BADgal BANG! is definitely more volumising although the They’re Real mascara is ever so slightly more lengthening. But if it’s more dramatic lashes that you’re after, the BADgal BANG! is the way to go! Available online from Benefit.

Have you tried the BADgal BANG! mascara or do you love any of the other Benefit mascaras?

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5 Beauty Mistakes I Wish I’d Avoided When I First Got Into Makeup

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I first got into makeup when I was around 14 years old – back in 2006 when everyone my age was obsessed with lining their lower waterline with tons of black kohl eyeliner. Little did I know that it would make my already small eyes look even smaller and would add virtually nothing to my overall appearance. However, that’s not the only beauty mistake I wish I’d avoided when I first got into makeup…

I guess that, as with anything else, you’re bound to make some mistakes when you first start getting into makeup. The only problem with making errors on the makeup front is that these errors are pretty visible considering that they’re ON YOUR FACE. I know I’m not the only one who cringes when looking back at photos from my early-to-mid teens. Here are some of the mistakes I really wish I’d steered clear of.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Mistake 1 – Applying eyeliner beneath my bottom lashes

For the first year or two, the only makeup I wore was my trusty black kohl eyeliner and some mascara on my top lashes. And I started out by applying the eyeliner beneath my bottom lashes only – a great look if you were going for panda vibes. Some time later, I braved the ‘eyeliner in the waterline’ trend which I’d always been scared to do, and once I’d mastered this, it was all I ever did! Little did I know that this made my eyes appear tiny! Nowadays, I rarely ever use kohl eyeliner and prefer to apply some black liquid eyeliner above my lashes to make my eyes appear slightly bigger.

Mistake 2 – Wearing foundation over my lips

By the age of 17 I delved into the world of foundations – not that I needed it! My skin was perfectly clear, but I used it to help cover up my freckles (which I really don’t mind nowadays!). And not only did my foundation cover my freckles, but it also covered up my lips – and we all know how attractive foundation lips look! I wasn’t even a little bit interested in lipstick at the time – in fact, it wasn’t until I was around 21 that I actually got into wearing lipstick. So the least I should have done was wipe the excess foundation off my lips!

Mistake 3 – Wearing the totally wrong shade of foundation (+ not blending it down my neck)

Choosing your first foundation – especially if this is a drugstore foundation that you must colour-match yourself – is bound to go wrong. I’ve always known that my skin is really fair, but when it came to choosing a foundation, I seemed to think that I was much more tanned than I could ever hope to be! Wearing the wrong foundation is never a good look – especially when it stops sharply on your jawline, leaving you with a very attractive harsh orange line. If your foundation is a bit too dark for your skin, you can somtimes get away with blending it down your neck – but this is something I wasn’t aware of back then!

Mistake 4 – Not wearing any blusher – or wearing way too much

Me and blusher have had a rather difficult relationship over the years, and it took me a fair while to learn how to apply just the right amount of blusher (and check that it still looks ok in bright light, after having applied it in my dark bedroom early in the morning!). At first, I wasn’t interested in blusher at all, leaving me with a very flat looking one (orange) colour complexion. Then, when I did finally want to experiment with blusher, I went slightly (read: very) overboard, and decided never to touch the stuff again. Eventually, and with the right tools I got the hand of it, and I don’t feel that my makeup looks complete when I don’t wear blush nowadays!

Mistake 5 – Not bothering to do anything with my eyebrows

This is both a good and a not-so-good thing. It’s a good thing because I never over-plucked my eyebrows, which actually left me with eyebrows. However, I never bothered to shape them or fill them in, in any way. I thought that nobody really cared about eyebrows anyway – it’s all about the eyeliner/orange foundation OBVS! As time went by, I tried applying a slightly-too-dark eyebrow pencil, and it wasn’t until just a few years ago when I started filling in my eyebrows using a powder, then eventually moved onto other products such as the Benefit Gimme Brow and Benefit KA-Brow, both of which I absolutely love.

Did you make any of these mistakes when you first got into makeup?

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My Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection

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Ever since I made my first ever Charlotte Tilbury purchase back in 2016, my love for the brand has grown and grown. Some of my favourite products from Charlotte Tilbury are the lipsticks – the formula is just spot on.

Although my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection is small compared to some others, I love every single shade I own and so I thought I would talk you through the shades in my collection so far.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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I’ve previously spoken about the best and worst Charlotte Tilbury products that I own, and the lipsticks are definitely worth every single penny. At £24, these lipsticks are definitely more on the pricey side – however the formula is so much better than any other lipstick I have tried and you really get what you pay for in terms of quality.

My favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks come in the ‘Matte Revolution’ formula. This gives a matte finish without drying the lips and the best thing about it is that it is seriously long lasting! The formula also contains what Charlotte Tilbury calls ‘3D glowing pigments’ which create the illusion of fuller lips instead of flat, matte lips. The formula feels so comfortable to wear and most of the time I forget I’ve even got any lipstick on until I look in the mirror or somebody compliments it.

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Liv It Up’

For my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I decided to go for an everyday wearable shade and opted for the shade ‘Liv It Up’ – a cute and summery pastel pink shade with slight blue undertones. This is my only lipstick that is not in the Matte Revolution formula – instead it comes in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula, which is more hydrating. It has a more satin/slightly glossy finish and is one that I really enjoy wearing when I’ve got dry lips. Considering it is not matte, it is still pretty long lasting! I tend to reach for this shade more often during the spring/summer months. Review here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Amazing Grace’

I bought this lovely rose pink shade when I was on holiday in Edinburgh – and it was my most worn lipstick for the longest time! It’s the perfect bright-but-not-too-bright pink shade that can easily compliment a daytime or an evening look and it’s great for adding a pop of colour without feeling OTT. It’s a shade that I feel would suit most skin tones. This comes in the Matte Revolution formula, which is great as it lasts really long on the lips. Review here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Queen’

This was by far one of my braver choices when purchasing a high-end lipstick. I normally tend to stick to shades that I know I could wear on most days, however ‘The Queen’ is a fuchsia pink shade and is definitely one that I normally save for special occasions when I want to go for a bolder look. Although I love the shade, it’s my least used one out of my whole collection. Perhaps I should try and go for a bolder look even when I don’t have a special occasion planned?! Review (and see what it looks like on me) here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow Talk’

When this lipstick was released a year ago, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. It was one of the most talked about lipsticks of the year, and although I was slightly worried that I was simply giving in to the hype when I purchased this, it turned out to be my most worn lipstick of all time, out of all the lipsticks that I own. ‘Pillow Talk’ is a pinky nude shade which I reach for on pretty much a daily basis. It’s the perfect everyday lipstick that adds a hint of colour to the lips and makes them look fuller. Originally a limited edition shade, this is now available all year round – and I’ve come to rely on it so much that I will most likely be repurchasing this one. Review here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Bond Girl’

‘Bond Girl’ is my most recent purchase from the Tilbs, and it’s probably the shade I would recommend to anyone looking for an all round great shade that can be worn with any look – day or night. It’s the perfect in between rose-brown-berry shade that I have been reaching for when I want something a bit bolder than the ‘Pillow Talk’ but less bold than ‘The Queen’. It looks gorgeous with a bronze-gold eye! Review here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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What is your favourite lipstick shade from Charlotte Tilbury?

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Inside My Makeup Bag | Five Current Favourites

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Although I love trying out new beauty products and discover new gems, there are some makeup items and tools that I just keep reaching for! Today I’ll be taking a look inside my makeup bag and sharing my current favourite items with you.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (shade NW20) has become the only powder that I ever use. No matter how many other powders I try, I always go back to this one! It is great at setting my makeup in place and helping it last as long as possible throughout the day, but what I love about it most is that it also has some additional coverage that works well over any foundation (or alone) to help me achieve a more smooth and clear complexion. I’ve already got my backup sorted! Read my full reviewAvailable here.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Fervor’

This is the first NARS product I had ever tried and it has been my go-to blush since around March last year! The ‘Fervor’ blush comes with two shades – a peach/coral blush and a burgundy blush, both of which have a slight shimmer to them and add a gorgeous glow to the cheeks, without having to add any highlight. Apart from looking gorgeous on the cheeks, both of these blushers last incredibly long throughout the day. Worth every single penny! Read my full reviewAvailable here.

Rubis Switzerland Classic ProGrip Tweezers

Dubbed the ‘Ferrari of tweezers’ by the legendary Bobbi Brown, I knew I should expect great things from the Rubis Switzerland tweezers, and I was not disappointed! These tweezers feel really sturdy and are incredibly precise. They have a great grip and although they cost a bit more than what I would usually pay for a pair of tweezers, they are worth the price! I’d highly recommend these if you’re after a really good pair of tweezers. Available here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel

I’ve been a big fan of the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel for years now. It’s just so quick and easy to use, making it perfect for a quick makeup look before work in the morning. Although I prefer using something more ‘heavy duty’ such as the Benefit KA! Brow when I want to achieve a more precise arch in my brows, Gimme Brow is the one I reach for most often. Read my full review. Available here.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Bond Girl’

After falling in love with Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick formula, I had my eye on the shade ‘Bond Girl’ for quite a while – and I was so happy when I finally got my hands on it! It’s the perfect day-to-night shade that’s in between a rose, nude brown and berry shade. Of course, it comes in my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipstick formulation – Matte Revolution – which doesn’t dry out the lips and lasts really (really) long too! Read my full review. Available here.

Have you tried any of these products yourself?

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NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation First Impressions + Comparison with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

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There are 2 things I always look for in a foundation – good coverage and one that stays put on my skin all day. Although I prefer a more dewy finish, I have always had to settle for matte foundations that are traditionally known to last longest on the skin. However, the all-new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation claims that it is possible to enjoy a radiant foundation that lasts all day. As you could imagine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this and see if it lived up to its dreamy long-lasting dewy claims!

I’m a big fan of NARS products, especially their Sheer Glow Foundation and Dual Intensity Blush – 2 products which I reach for on most days. So it goes without saying that I’ve come to expect very good things from the brand.

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is NARS’ first foundation that promises high coverage and up to 16 hours of wear which means it can literally take you from day to night. But unlike pretty much all long-lasting foundations, this foundation has a radiant finish – so you essentially get the best of both worlds: radiance and longevity – i.e. THE DREAM[/pipdig_padded_text]

Wearing NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation on my right and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation on my left (side closest to the wardrobe)

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I normally apply this to my face and blend it out using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The foundation blends into the skin so easily and sets pretty fast too so there’s no need to spend ages blending the foundation into the skin. And although you have to work fast when you apply it to your skin, you know that it’s not going to budge. It also gives me a really good coverage and I don’t normally feel the need to conceal under my eyes when using this.

Apart from this, it also leaves the skin looks so glowy. I knew I should expect a radiant finish from the name of the foundation, but this seriously impressed me! It left my cheek bones looking gorgeously highlighted – without having applied any highlighter! For this reason, I would say that the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is probably best suited to those with normal-dry skin types rather than oily skin.

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As I mentioned earlier on, I’m a big fan of the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – in fact, it’s one of my favourite foundations that I own. However, I must say that if I had to choose just one NARS foundation to repurchase, it would have to be the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

The main differences I noticed between the 2 foundations are;

  • Sheer Glow has a lighter coverage than the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which has a medium-full coverage
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation has a thicker consistency yet blends a lot quicker into the skin and feels lightweight once blended
  • Sheer Glow has a more natural-satin finish whilst the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation is full of radiance
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation comes with a pump (!!) whilst you need to purchase a separate pump with the Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation costs £35 whilst Sheer Glow is slightly less pricey at £33 (+ pump)
  • Both foundations last really well on my skin, however the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation lasts slightly longer

Although I prefer the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and found that it works better with my skin, I still feel there’s a place for Sheer Glow in my makeup bag. Sheer Glow is great for those days when I prefer a lighter coverage and a more natural makeup look – one that isn’t too glowy but instead just looks like I’m having a naturally good skin day.

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The Ultimate Multi-Tasker & MAC Woodwinked Dupe from Topshop

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MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow was my first ever venture into the world of MAC, and to this day it remains one of my favourite eyeshadows. However, I recently discovered that I had a pretty amazing MAC Woodwinked dupe in my makeup bag all along – surprisingly, this was in the form of a Topshop highlighter!

I was sent the Topshop Highlighter in the shade ‘Horizon’ as part of a PR package a while ago, and at first I thought it looked a bit too dark to work as a highlighter on my skin. But as I experimented with the product and applied it to my eyes I discovered that not only did it work really well as an eyeshadow (just blended out quickly using my ring finger!) but it also looked spookily similar to my beloved MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow! Can you tell that I’m wearing MAC Woodwinked on one eye and the Topshop highlighter on my other eye in all these photos!?[/pipdig_padded_text]

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The Topshop Highlighter in ‘Horizon’ is incredibly pigmented for a highlighter and funnily enough, it’s my go-to eyeshadow on those days when I haven’t got enough time to apply actual eyeshadow! I just swipe some of the product across my eyes using my ring finger, blend it out and I’m good to go! It stays put on my eyes just as long as any eyeshadow and it’s golden bronze shade looks super pretty too!

Apart from being an incredible eyeshadow, it also works well as a bronzing highlighter – even on my fair skintone. Using a very light hand, I apply this to my cheeks when I want a bronze sunkissed glow.[/pipdig_padded_text]

[pipdig_padded_text]And in case you couldn’t tell… I’m wearing MAC Woodwinked on my left eye (closest to the door handle in the photo above) and Topshop’s Highlighter in ‘Horizon’ on my right eye! Which one is your favourite!?

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Beauty Trends A/W 2017 | Eye Makeup

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As autumn is well under way now and winter is almonst upon us (though it does feel like winter already!), today I’m teaming up with Ellisons to write all about my favourite beauty trends this season – specifically my favourite eye makeup trends.

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Metallic Grunge

If there’s one makeup look that you can’t quite easily get away with until the colder months, it’s the metallic grunge look. There’s something about the shorter, darker days that makes grungey eye makeup easier to pull off. Add a bold Christmas touch to this classic look by adding a pop of metallic shimmer to the centre of the lids – add gold for a warm touch or silver for a frosty winter finish. Another great way of incorporating the metallic trend to this look is by using a metallic eyeliner in the waterline – gold, silver or even a bright metallic turquoise shade will really make the eyes pop on a night out![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Romantic Neutrals

This is probably my favourite trend of the season as I absolutely love neutral eye makeup looks! To achieve the romantic neutral look, apply dreamy pink or peach toned shades across your eyelids, and finish off by blending a brown shade to the crease of the eyelid. Brown mascara works really well with this look, especially when worn during the day. Alternatively, swap this for a jet black mascara and add a slightly darker brown shade to the crease to amp up the look for a Christmas party![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Graphic Eyes

Opt for a bolder makeup look this party season with some brave graphic eye makeup. Take inspiration from the 80s and use bright neon shades to really make a statement (now’s the perfect time to use those untouched bright eyeshadow shades!). On the other hand, if you prefer something just a little bit more subtle, use orange/gold toned eyeshadows and apply a bold cat flick over the top using some black liquid eye liner to stay on trend without going overboard.

What is your favourite eye makeup trend this A/W 17?

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Caudalie French Kiss in ‘Innocence’

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I’m a self-confessed lip balm addict and I often find myself re-applying lip balm to my lips several times a day. Caudalie have recently released their first ever tinted lip balm, and of course I couldn’t wait to give this a go.

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The new French Kiss collection of tinted lip balms have been designed to moisturiser, protect and illuminate the lips. These contain Caudalie’s signature grape-seed polyphenols to ensure super soft kissable lips as well as softening beeswax, aloe vera, castor oil and sunflower oil. This combination of ingredients is rich in anti-oxidants and great for repairing dry or chapped lips without any of the unnecessary stickiness experienced with so many lip balms![/pipdig_padded_text]

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The French Kiss lip balms come in 3 shades – Innocence, a natural lip shade with an orange-vanilla flavour, Seduction, a tinted rose shade with a vanilla flavour, and Addiction, which gives a raspberry red tint to the lips and has a very apt red berry flavour. I was recently sent the shade ‘Innocence’ and have been trying this out over the past few weeks.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Perhaps because this is the lightest shade in the range, I found that Innocence does not give much of a tint to the lips, but more of a flattering, illuminating effect. It looks perfect as part of a natural daytime makeup look, which is what I normally wear to the office and is therefore great for reapplying throughout the day at work. In fact, I normally keep this on my desk to keep my lips moisturised throughout the working day.

I absolutely love the scent/flavour of this lip balm as it smells so sweet and sort of satisfies my very sweet tooth! In addition to this, I really like how non-sticky this lip balm is compared to some of the others I own, making this an absolute pleasure to apply and re-apply throughout the day.

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TAM Beauty Haul | SophDoesNails, Unicorn Brushes + More

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As a lover of all things beauty, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a beauty haul! I recently got my hands on a few new releases from TAM Beauty, including the SophDoesNails palettes and the most beautiful unicorn makeup brushes I have ever seen!

Starting from the SophDoesNails palettes, I’ve been a fan of Soph’s YouTube channel for the past 2 years and when I saw Soph’s announcement video on YouTube, I knew I had to get my hands on the highlighter palette and the eyeshadow palette, which as you can see from the photos, both look stunning![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Makeup Revolution Soph Highlighter Palette

The Makeup Revolution Soph Highlighter Palette costs £8 and contains 8 different eyeshadows, which is undoubtedly great value! The palette contains 5 baked highlighters (third highlighter on the top row and the entire bottom row) and 3 pressed highlighters. The main difference which I noticed between the baked highlighters and the pressed ones is that the baked ones show up as more intense highlighters whereas the pressed ones are more subtle. The highlighters are well pigmented and can be built up nicely to your desired intensity – and they also work pretty well as eyeshadows too! I particularly love the golden toned shades and I’m looking forward to giving the lilac shade a go as I’ve never tried a lilac highlighter before.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Makeup Revolution Soph Eyeshadow Palette

The Makeup Revolution Soph Eyeshadow Palette costs £10 and contains an impressive 24 eyeshadow shades! I must say that I really love the combination of shades in this palette as it contains a good mix of shades I would normally wear as well as some shades that I don’t normally wear but have been wanting to try. In total, there are 14 matte shades and 10 shimmer shades in various golden/neutral shades and brighter shades including purple, green, orange, pink and red. I love that the palette contains a matte white and a matte black shade – something that many palettes seem to miss out on.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts in ‘Candy Queen of Hearts’

I love baked blushers as they give such a nice glow to the skin whilst adding a pop of colour to the cheeks. The fact that this comes in an incredibly cute heart shape makes me love this even more! The Blushing Hearts in ‘Candy Queen of Hearts’  contains a rosy pink, coral and warm rose shade which I’m sure will look lovely swirled together and applied onto the apples of the cheeks.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Makeup Revolution Rainbow Highlighter

I’ve also been intrigued by rainbow highlighters such as this one by Makeup Revolution, as not only do they look super pretty in the packaging, but many people claim that they give leave you with a gorgeous iridescent glow once applied to the skin. This is something quite far out of my makeup comfort zone, however I’ve found myself getting into a bit of a makeup rut lately, and this will be the perfect way to spice things up a bit, especially in the evenings![/pipdig_padded_text]

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I Heart Makeup Unicorns Dream Brush Set

I’m obsessed with anything unicorn related, and I knew I had to have this set of unicorn makeup brushes as soon as I set my eyes on them! The set contains 5 makeup brushes, including 2 larger brushes that can be used for powder, highlight or blush, and 3 smaller eyeshadow brushes, including a handy flat angled brush, that can also be used on the eyebrows. All 5 makeup brushes feel super soft and I’m sure you can see just how cute they look from the photos! The brushes also have a nice weight to them, despite their very affordable price – and because they’re limited edition, I’d recommend that you snap up a set asap![/pipdig_padded_text]

What are your TAM Beauty faves?

Joan Collins | The Ultimate Foundation & Concealer Combo For Dry Winter Skin

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is a brand that I only discovered earlier this year when I first tested out the oh-so-lovely Divine Lips lipstick collection. Lately I have been trying out the new foundation and concealer that have been added the collection, and I’ve been pretty impressed with these too!

As with the whole Joan Collins range, the new foundation and concealer both come in a gorgeous gold and glass packaging – and what’s inside is just as nice![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty First Base Foundation

As the autumn/winter months set in, I tend to opt for more hydrating skincare and makeup products. The Joan Collins First Base Foundation is a youth-boosting foundation that helps to create a smooth and flawless complexion whilst actively hydrating the skin with Hyaluronic Acid and anti-ageing ATP Complex. The foundation comes in 8 shades and I went for the shade ‘Warm Fair’, which is suitable for fair skin with warm undertones. The foundation gives a light, natural coverage which is something that I don’t normally go for as I tend to prefer medium/full coverage foundations. However, this is a nice one to use on good skin days when you want just a bit of natural coverage and nothing too heavy. I like how this leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished. At £25 for 30ml this foundation is quite pricey, however it’s a great makeup-skincare hybrid for dry or mature skin types.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Fade To Perfect Concealer

I’m not normally too adventurous with my concealers – once I find one that I like I tend to stick to it and repurchase over and over again (the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and Milani Retouch + Erase concealer are two of my faves!). However, the Joan Collins Fade to Perfect Concealer is an absolute winner! Apart from the luxurious art deco-inspired packaging, the formula of the product itself is spot on if you’re looking to hide dark under-eye circles. With skin-hydrating plant extracts and light reflecting particles, this is by far the most hydrating concealer I have ever used underneath my eyes. It just feels so soft and blends gorgeously without creasing. Whilst I wouldn’t choose to use this on any nasty blemishes and would opt for something a bit more full-coverage, I would definitely recommend this for use under the eyes. The concealer comes in 3 shades, and the ‘light’ shade works perfectly to brighten up my dark circles on early morning!

Both products are available from joancollinsbeauty.com or M&S.

Have you tried anything from Joan Collins Beauty?

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