Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

Antipodes is one of those brands that has been huge within the blogosphere over the last few years and has gained popularity from the pure, safe and natural formulations made in New Zealand. Containing premium ingredients, the nutrient rich skincare range has been developed. Of course, New Zealand has an environment like no other in the world, with clear rainfall, high sunshine hours and fertile land, and the ingredients used are second to none. In the interest of beauty and trying this much loved brand, I’ve tried a few items just to see how much they lived up to the hype. Spoiler – they do.

Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

One of the top contenders that I was itching to try was the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. Suitable for all skin types, manuka Honey is one of those hero ingredients known for its anti inflammatory properties that hydrates and soothes. I don’t tend to get to blemishes, however should you be prone to them, then manuka honey as an ingredient is perfect for helping to clear the skin. The mask itself is a beautiful warm yellow cream that can be used as weekly or twice weekly treat. It’s my Friday evening treat and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, without any redness. It smells beautiful as well and I love the fact its in a tube. It makes so much more sense when it comes to applying it and I think this has to be my current fave mask of the moment.

I’m a big fan of multi masking as I don’t believe that one mask does fit all. I have using the Aura Mask however for a skin brightening boost, the Antipodes Halo Mud Mask helps brighten, lighten and lift. Vinanza Grape and Kiwi extract targets melanin production, which Peony evens skin tone. The volcanic mud from New Zealand is know for regeneration and combined, this mask works wonders on my dull skin. I try and use this twice a week alongside Aura, and use Halo around my forehead and cheeks, with Aura everywhere else.

Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

Brand Focus: Antipodes Skincare

It was around three years ago when I finally worked out that oils were the best product for my skin, hair and nails. From taking make up off, to adding much needed moisture into the ends of my hair, and even for balancing out the oil production of my combination skin, oils have changed things. I have been using the Antipodes Divine Oil Certified Organic with Avocado oil and Rosehip. It’s very light on the skin, and also doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It’s my night time oil, but if my skin is feeling particularly dry in the morning, I’ll add a drop into my day time moisturiser. Going forward into Autumn, I think I’ll be getting a lot of use of the Divine Oil.

The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream is a little beauty. Not only is it really hydrating but it’s so light and fresh. I feel like my skin wakes up after putting this on. I am using it at night time, rather than in the morning as when combined with the Divine Oil, it makes a really rich and soothing sleep mask. I wake up and my face feels like it has that boost that it needs, and I look glowy. The combination of skincare that I’m used is really working for me.

I have been eyeing up some further Antipodes products and I think I’m going to try out some of the cleansers next, in particular the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser which looks right up my street.

Have you tired Antipodes before? Tell me your favourite products so I can add them to my list!

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Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

I have recently been the recipient of two palettes from Illamasqua, courtesy of Lovin Manchester after the Manchester Blog Awards. It has been some time since I’ve used Illamasqua shadows and I’d forgotten just how good they are. After spotting the palettes in the Illamasqua Final Call line up, I thought that now is the perfect time to show you how beautiful they are before you grab your bargain. Originally priced at £36, they are half price at £18 which is insane for a palette of 8 shadows. The Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver palettes are just stunning.

Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

Out of the two, I was most drawn to the Illamasqua Delirious palette which is in the red packaging. Whilst the cardboard outer is flimsy and not in keeping with the existing black cased palettes, the shadows inside are still the same beautiful formulations, buttery soft powders and intensely pigmented colours. A warm toned palette with a mix of matte and shimmer shades, they can be used on the eye, body and face. I was drawn to Delirious as soon as I saw it.

Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

Shades: Bronx, Ensnare, Slink, Tango, Forgiveness, Machine, Truth, Wolf.

Illamasqua Shiver Palette in the blue packaging is a cool toned palette, again with a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. Although I would never wear cooler shades such as silver and grey, this palette is gorgeous. Plus it contains the cult classic Obsidian which is the blackest black shadow I have ever tried. In fact, I’ve never found another shadow that has the same impact. It’s incredible.

Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

Illamasqua Delirious and Shiver Palettes

Shades: Fist, Obsidian, Rim, Solitude, Splinter, Rive, Fragment, Blast

Whilst I wish the packaging was a bit more robust, it doesn’t distract from the superior quality of the shadows inside. I find them an breeze to work with and whether they are being blended or worn alone, they really hold on to the lid and last for an age. I also find that there is minimal creasing and no smudging of the darker shades. They’re an absolute steal at £18.

Have you tried either of the Illamasqua palettes?

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Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

I wanted to quickly share this amazing offer with you from the babes at Caudalie, because it’s fantastic! With this ridiculously warm weather we are having, I am finding that I need to carry around bottles of water with me. It’s getting stiflingly hot on the bus and the walk to work is making me very dehydrated. Not only am I feeling like I need a gallon of water but my skin is feeling the same. I’ve fallen back to my trusty Caudalie to get me through the worst of it, and they really have all bases covered.

Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

Caudalie Vinosource + Free Gift!

The Caudalie Vinosource range has featured quite in my skincare routine before. I have been a lover of the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and now, I am also a lover of the Vinosource SOS Serum. The Vinosource range focuses on hydration by using the power of the grape. Grapes boost the skins natural irrigation system which diffuses water continuously and reduces skin dehydration. I eat a lot of grapes, so it’s only natural that I use their magic powers on my skin. Starting each day with a few pumps of Vinosource SOS Serum, this lightweight serum is free from nasties, absorbs into the skin in an instant and leaves me feeling quenched. It’s great to use prior to makeup application and it doesn’t leave any kind of greasy film on the skin. It is only the first time I have tried this product but so far, I am really enjoying using it and my skin is feeling the benefit of the extra hydration.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet is a gel to cream moisturiser that sinks into the skin beautifully. I do prefer gel based creams especially as part of morning routine as I find that makeup sits better on the skin after use. It feels very soothing and cooling when applied, even though there are no cooling properties within the formulation. It is the lightest moisturiser of the four in the Vinosource range, and I’d be very interested to try more from the range after seeing the results from the Moisturising Sorbet.

When you purchase any two products from the Vinosource range, you can get one of these super cool eco-friendly water bottles for free. At 260ml, it’s perfect for your handbag and it has saved me in a morning on my commute. Just enter BOTTLE2018 at the checkout for your very own Caudalie pink bottle.

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Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

When the eyes are the window to the soul, you want them to look good. I think that my eyes are my best asset and love to create eye looks that enhance my green eyes whilst still being quick and easy to do. Using just three products and a pat of glitter, I’m shocked at how sultry and sexy I’ve made my eyes look without using 3428 brushes and several palettes. Dipping into my Charlotte Tilbury collection and using the brand new Legendary Lashes Vol, I’m pretty darn impressed. Here’s a really quick and easy way to recreate the classic Charlotte Tilbury Amber Haze eye look.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

What I love about the Colour Chameleon pencils is that they are so hard wearing and long lasting. I have a couple of shades in my collection, and started off with the shades for green eyes; Amethyst Aphrodisiac and Bronzed Garnet. As I’m not one to limit myself, I got a couple for hazel and brown eyes as well. Amber Haze is the brown eyes night shade and is a gorgeous antiqued bronze shade that has light reflecting particles to give an alluring shimmer. The pencil doesn’t contain glitter, and in this look I have added this myself using loose rose gold glitter.

The pencil dries down very quickly to give a smudge proof and budge proof shadow. You do need to work quickly if you want to blend and my MAC 217 was the perfect brush to blow out the shape and blend any hard edges away. It’s not very often that I only wear one shade but it was quite refreshing to work on the blend and the intensity of the colour across my eye.

I wanted to keep the eye soft and smoked out so a pencil eyeliner was the liner of choice for this look. Having previously used the Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Bedroom Black, I’m really pleased to get hold of the Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown. I’ve really noticed a bit of shift these days in my use of brown liner over black and it makes such a difference. The Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencils glide on like a mix of liquid liner and pencil, and they set solid. No smudging, no flaking, easy to blend and smudge out before they dry down. It really is a great pencil, plus it’s waterproof enough even for my watery hay fever eyes.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

There’s a new mascara on the block, and it’s the Legendary Lashes Vol.2. Now, in the interest of clarity and honesty, I am going to state the fact that the original Legendary Lashes was awful. It was wet, it got everywhere and it flaked. It gave me panda eyes and it didn’t do anything I wanted a mascara to do. I didn’t particularly enjoy the Full Fat Lashes either as I found that it smudged everywhere. As you can imagine, I was apprehensive of trying Legendary Lashes Vol.2.

First impressions of Legendary Lashes were the standard ‘wow, I love the Tilbury packaging’. Regardless of the product inside, the packaging is always beautiful. I loved the shape of the wand, the bristles looked like they would grab all the lashes without coating my lid in product and that I could get a grip on each lash to work the mascara through. Bottom lashes coated first and a nice amount of product was transferred over, with no clumping. Moving on to the top lashes, I was very impressed with what I was seeing. There is nothing worse that a mascara giving short stubby lashes, and I found that Legendary Lashes pulled through each lash, coating without clumping, and I had a lot of control over product distribution.

With the warm (sweltering) weather we are having at the moment, and in between the commute to work, my hot office and the commute home, my make up is really being put through it’s pace. Legendary Lashes has remained carbon black on my lashes, with no peeling and flaking or any smudges whatsoever. I think Ms Tilbury has nailed this formulation and has taken on board all the negatives about the original formula to bring a superior mascara. I’m very, very impressed.

Have you tried the Legendary Lashes Vol.2 yet?

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy’s Makeup Box

Although I am pretty well versed in makeup, and I’m quite a dab hand at making my face go from 0 to 100, I am still always on the look out for ways to improve my skills. From poring over YouTube videos and ready beauty books, to sitting through seminars and masterclasses, I soak everything up like a cheap beauty sponge. The latest masterclass I have have had the honour of attending was the Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy’s Makeup Box and Debenhams. Only the second event that they have put on, this was a wonderfully intimate and educational masterclass. Held at the Radisson Blu on Peter Street in Manchester, there were just 15 of us in attendance making this a very interactive experience.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Amy, from Amy’s Makeup Box is a social media influencer and YouTuber boasting neatly half a million subscribers on her YouTube channel. A trained make up artist, her skills have taken her to another level and her tutorials are fantastic. In person, Amy is such a down to earth and humble girl, and although she has this crazy success, you can see that she has this incredible work ethic and her passion for beauty shines through.

The masterclass was scheduled for 6 hours, which included two makeup looks as well as afternoon tea with plenty of refreshment breaks with tea, coffee and cake. To be honest, it’s an actual perfect day for me and you can’t beat cake and makeup. Amy started off with a glowy bridal look, which although I’m not a working artist, I can take the skills on board for my own more natural looks.

I picked up 3 key skills during this look. The first was using brush cleaner on your hand when using a brow pomade as it gives a watercolour effect that can be built up without looking crumbly and flaky. You still get the desired effect and long wear time, but it looks more natural and less Instagram brow like. The second tip I picked up was customising lashes with individual flare lashes, and to use Revlon lash glue as it is latex free.

The third tip from this look is something that has actually changed how I view a certain product. As a huge fan of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, sometimes I find it to look too sheer on my skin. Amy’s top tip was to put it onto damp skin to make it look like it has a fuller coverage but it still has the lightweight finish that you want from a sheer foundation. The difference that is has made in application is quite something and these tips are the kind of tips that I love to pick up from masterclasses like this.

The transition from bridal to glam didn’t mean that you needed to learn a whole new skill set, and Amy showed just how simple it was to create a more intense look just by intensifying certain areas. Still using the same foundation, the same way of applying lashes and lips, the subtle differences of application make two vastly different looks. With bridal, a flattering look that contains no glitter and shimmer will ensure beautiful photography, but for glam, it’s fair game.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass with Amy's Makeup Box

During the glam look, the eye shadow shades were deepened, the glitter was present, the liner more smoked. Lashes were bigger, contour was added and the glossiest nude lip finished off the look beautifully. As someone who wears more glam makeup than natural, it was nice to see that some of Amy’s must have products were already present in my makeup wardrobe and I have also picked up on some key products that she uses that I really want to add in. The Too Faced Born This Way Loose Setting powder is now on my list.

There are going to be more masterclasses coming up in the future, and I would jump at the chance to see another. I have loved the fact that we have been able to ask questions to Amy, whilst being close enough to view the makeup being applied and to see just how to do it. It’s lessons like this that help perfect your existing skills and shed light on techniques that you may not have known how to do.

With the masterclass being sponsored by Debenhams Beauty Club, we were sent away with an incredible goody bag. To see brands such as Urban Decay, Unicorn Cosmetics and Doll Beauty in there, it was a fantastic treat to end a perfect day. I feel that I have taken so much away with me from the Celebrity Makeup Artist Masterclass and I would totally recommend this to anyone who has a passion for beauty.

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Sassy Skincare – Indeed Labs

When I burst onto the blogging scene back in 2013, the bloggosphere was consumed with the love of Indeed Labs Hydraluron. It’s one of my more vivid memories of the beginning of my blogging career, as I really fell for the hype and found myself in Boots stockpiling the Hydraluron Serum and Moisture Jelly. Even now, five years down the line, I am still falling for the hype of Indeed Labs, and whilst I don’t use Hydraluron as much, I have fallen head over heels for other products from the range. Whilst I’m trying to keep my skincare at a minimum, I am adding in products for targeted concerns and areas and I have found some little gems that are working their magic.

Sassy Skincare - Indeed Labs

Sassy Skincare - Indeed Labs

Before the days of Hydraluron, Indeed Labs launched with Nanoblur, I believe back in 2011. The first ever skin blurring cream that I was aware of was by Indeed Labs, designed to combat the HD camera lens that picked up every little mark and flaw. Skin blurring has now become second nature to most of us. We are all for the soft focus, blank canvas face that looks impossibly flawless, and Nanoblur is a perfect addition to the daily makeup routine. Nanoblur is special in the fact that it isn’t a primer. As it smooths out imperfections that make up can’t, it can be used over the top of liquid foundation, under powders, mixed with a moisturiser or even as a makeup perfecter throughout the day.

For such a long time, I have avoided retinol products due to the constant travelling and being exposed to the sun in foreign destinations. It’s been actually nice to start introducing a retinol product back into my routine. Indeed Retinol Reface contains 3 different types of retinol to help with the renewal of skin, making it softer and smoother and in turn making me look younger than I am. As it does work intensely on the skin, you do need to ensure that SPF is being used during the day as skin will be more prone to burning whilst the skin cell turnover is being promoted.

Sassy Skincare - Indeed Labs

Sassy Skincare - Indeed Labs

Sassy Skincare - Indeed Labs

My secret weapon in a morning is bright, wide awake eyes and I have found the perfect product to give me that wide awake look, even at 6am where I want to be in bed with my eyes tightly closed. Indeed Eysilix 2 reduces puffiness and re-energises the skin in the morning, but when used at night it works hard to tackle the fine lines and crows feet that are sneaking up on me. It’s such a soothing cream that I actually look forward to using it in the morning for an instant refresh.

As part of the targeted skincare routine, Indeed have introduced six new booster serums into the product range. Each booster is designed to be mixed with an existing serum or moisturiser to add that something extra to your routine. Q10 is an absolutely fabulous product for me, and as I suffer from dehydrated skin, a few drops of this into my moisturiser morning and night, and my skin feels full of moisture. It’s also a great anti ageing product and helps repair and regenerate the skin.

Now I’ve spilt all my youthful skin secrets, will you be trying any of these products?

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Indulge Beauty – The UKs newest shopping destination

For years, the beauty community have been crying out for Sephora to head to the UK for it’s all under one roof beauty trove. Sephora is an old friend for me after spending the last decade back and forth to the USA, and to be quite honest, I don’t see the appeal of having it come to the UK. Aside from Sephora own brand product which I rarely bought, you can get the majority of the brands that they sell within in the UK. That being said, a beauty destination is a smart move as I can often be found browsing the concessions within Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams but hate the constant being asked by the counter girls if I’m ok. I just want shelves of products to browse at my own leisure without being checked upon (unless my hands are full and I need a basket). Within the Westfield Shopping Centre in London, you’re going to find Indulge Beauty, the home to some of the most coveted beauty brands of the moment.

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

The store itself I believe is a first for the UK. Whilst we have several ‘all under one roof’ online stores, I don’t think I can name a single store that just focuses on beauty products and holds stock from brands such as Urban Decay, Makeup Forever, Caudalie and ghd. Being up north in Manchester, popping to the store for a visit isn’t an easy task so Indulge Beauty have kindly sent across a capsule collection box, packed to the brim with some incredible brands, to show just what is in store – in store!

Skincare and Body Care

Skin Laundry Rejuvenating Neck and Chest Mask, £14 – improves firmness, elasticity and smoothness and is ideal for dehydrated skin

MOR Marshmallow Hand and Body Wash, full size £20 – this smells insane and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth.

Verso Night Cream, full size £90 – I have a full sized tube of this, so this has come in handy for my travels.

Cleanser 27, full size £40 – another handy size for travelling, and a great cleanser that melts off makeup

Perricon MD Cloud Cream, full size £80 – I have loved all of the Perricone MD products that I have tried in the past and this is no different. A great cream.

Glamglow Gravity Mud, full size £59 – I love this mask, although it makes me look like something from out of space. It leaves my skin feeling out of this world.

Clarins Hydra-Essential, full size £36 – an old favourite of mine for quenching parched skin in an instant

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Haircare and Fragrance

Sachajuan Ocean Mist, £18 – I love the beachy waves I get from this, without the crispiness!

Loewe Solo Cedro Eau de Toilette, full size £68 – a delightfully woody and masculine scent.

Loewe Quizas Eau de Toilette, full size £89 – a sensual fruity floral

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Beauty Tools

Beauty Blender Original Pink with Cleanser, £17 – another BB to add to my collection. I seriously cannot get enough of these for flawless makeup application.

Dr Bronner Rose Bar Soap, £5 – absolutely brilliant to clean your make up brushes with.

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

Makeup

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, full size £24 – another favourite of mine, it really does make your face last all night.

BBrowbar Eyebrow Gel, £17 – set eyebrows in place with ease with this brush on gel.

Touch In Sol Metallist Eye Duo, full size £20 – I can’t wait to create some eye looks with this rose gold glitter and metallic combo

Lord and Berry Lip Pencil, £12 – I love these pencils and have several in a plethora of colours. They last so long on the lips and feel incredibly velvety when applied.

Indulge Beauty - The UKs newest shopping destination

As you can see, the range of brands that are being stocked by Indulge Beauty are plentiful and even just browsing the website, there is so much to choose from. Indulge Beauty are definitely going to be my first stop for all things beauty online in the future.

Have you visited Indulge Beauty? What did you think?

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5 beauty essentials for your next summer break

Let’s set the scene. You’re packing your suitcase for your next summer break. So far, your extensive array of bikinis, a few pairs of flip flops and your passport have made the cut – but which beauty bits should you take with you?

The good news is, there are a whole host of beauty buys for you to choose from. For example, online retailers like HiHouse offer beauty products such as cosmetics and nail polish at affordable prices, meaning you can pick up all of your essentials without breaking the bank.

5 summer essentials

However, with so much choice, it can be difficult to know what to pack and what not to pack. For help putting your holiday beauty bag together, keep reading.

1. Moisturiser

It might seem like an obvious contender, but it’s crucial that you don’t forget your moisturiser. Even though it’s likely you’ll be slathering yourself in sunscreen everyday to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays, it’s just as important to make sure your skin is nourished and hydrated. Each time you have a shower, apply a layer of moisturising cream to your face and body for soft, smooth skin.

2. Highlighter

If you want to turn heads at the beach, make sure you pack a highlighter. Available in liquid, stick or pressed powder form, this product is the holiday makeup staple you shouldn’t get on the plane without. Apply a little to your cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow and bridge of your nose to give yourself a soft, iridescent and healthy glow morning, noon and night.

3. Cleansing micellar water

Just because you’re away doesn’t mean that you should skip out on taking off your makeup properly. Even though you’re probably in full-on holiday mode, you should make sure that you take time to wash your face at the end of the day – and a bottle of cleansing micellar water could do the trick. Simply squirt a little of the micellar water onto a cotton pad and swipe it across your face to remove all traces of makeup. Doing this will also help remove the buildup of dirt, oil and other unwanted nasties, leaving you with a fresh, clear complexion.

4. Shimmering body oil

Why not showcase your sunkissed tan with a shimmering body oil? When applied to your legs, arms and décolletage, this product is designed to illuminate your skin, leaving you looking oh-so totally radiant. Lightweight and silky in formula, body oil is perfect if you’re keen to step up your holiday look of an evening, whether you’re off out for a romantic meal with your other half or hitting up the local bars with the girls.

5. Waterproof mascara

If you plan on taking a dip in the pool or having a splash in the ocean, a tube of waterproof mascara is a must. Smudged, flaky eye makeup is not a good look, especially if you’re keen to perfect that fresh-faced holiday glow. So, to make sure that you’re looking your best at all times, don’t forget to treat your lashes to a few coats of waterproof mascara.

Which beauty essentials can you not go on holiday without? Leave a comment below!

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Brand Focus: MEMI Makeup

Just before Christmas, I won a giveaway on Instagram where I was the lucky recipient of a box full of MEMI Makeup. A relatively new brand, I was completely unaware of MEMI until I was tagged into the giveaway. Aside from winning all these goodies, I’m actually really pleased that I have been introduced to the brand. Not only are the products great, but they are cruelty free and vegan to boot. I’ve fully immersed myself into the brand, and I’m so pleased that I get to share it with you today.

MEMI Makeup

MEMI Makeup

MEMI Makeup

The key to a perfect base is moisturised and primed skin, of which MEMI Makeup have you covered. The Miracle Moisturiser is a beautifully rich cream that is suitable for sensitive skin. It gives immediate hydration and radiance and leaves a smooth, silky surface for makeup application. Due to the richness of the cream, it would also make a great night cream. It does remind me of Charlotte’s Magic Cream with it’s consistency and formulation.

I am a little obsessed with the Perfecting Radiance Primer right now. The level of glow that it gives my skin is something else. It’s lightweight and non greasy, with a subtle pearlescent shimmer that leaves a soft focus blur to my face. Wearing the primer alone, or with foundation over the top, the beautiful glow that it gives makes me look alive and fresh.

The first time I looked at the MEMI Makeup website, I was automatically drawn to the eyeshadow palettes and the gorgeous array of warm toned shades that spoke my language. Within my winning prize, I received the Matte Muse palette which contains 12 shades of warm, bold shades that I wear a lot of. Caramels, burnt oranges and reddy browns with neutral shades that create a multitude of looks. This palette is just £22 to buy and it’s incredibly pigmented with buttery soft and blendable shadows. It’s a definite ‘top of the pile’ palette for me.

The eyes are the windows to the soul and my windows like to be outlined with a cat eye flick and topped with lashings of mascara. Ticking all the eyeliner boxes, the MEMI Makeup Expert Liner has a flexible felt nib that draws the wing with ease. Carbon black and intense, no wonder it has been recognised by Cosmo magazine. The MEMI Makeup Volume Edition Mascara is giving me all the lashes with the hourglass shaped wand. It literally picks up each and every lash to give that doe eyed look that I love, with super black lashes.

MEMI Makeup

MEMI Makeup

Soleil Me Up in Luxe Tan is a warm toned bronzer that gives me a beautiful sunkissed glow without any muddy orange tones. Lightweight and buildable, it warms my skin up and gives me my Bali tan back. My love for warm nectar blushes hasn’t reduced so Ignition At First Blush blusher is ticking all the boxes for me. A swirl of blusher onto the apples of my cheeks and I look radiant. Finally, a sweep of Dreamer Radiance Highlighter across my cheekbones and Cupid’s Bow and I am glowing for the gods.

A makeup look is not complete with a slick of lipstick such as this pretty spring pink shade Date Night. In a satin finish, it’s surprisingly long lasting compared to other brands satin formulas. For a full on glossy pout, the MEMI Makup High Shine Gloss in After Hours is a warm neutral brown that makes lips look full and plumped up.

I’m so pleased with all that I have tried from MEMI Makeup so far. The quality is fantastic, whilst the formulations are really well put together to give great results. I can’t wait to try more.

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How To with ASOS HAX

Makeup is my happy place. A creative outlet where I can make art on my face by using different techniques, colours and styles. With the rise of the Instagram makeup face, it seems that the trusty cut crease has become a daily make up look. For some, a cut crease is pretty technical. It requires precision, skill and the ability to blend to achieve a perfect crease and a cut out lid. Imagine if it was made so easy that you could do a quick cut crease in minutes? It’s a dream idea that has been brought to reality by HAX. HAX is exclusive to ASOS, and is made up of five sets that nail the Instagram trends in minutes. With three lip sets and two eye sets, the most wanted makeup looks are covered. I’ve been trying out the HAX Glitter Cut Crease set which has given some surprising results.

How To with ASOS HAX

How To with ASOS HAX

The HAX Glitter Cut Crease kit contains all you need to be able to create an Insta worthy makeup look in minutes, and after trying it out, I can say that is literally all it takes. Within the box, a loose glitter pigment and pressed shadow, a black liquid liner, a dual ended brush, a silicon tipped brush and a rubber stencil that reminds me of a guitar plectrum. The premise is simple – use the rubber stencil to help carve out the crease and as a guide for the liner.

Before I started to do my glitter cut crease, I primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Primer potion in Eden. Taking the pressed powder on the flat end of the brush and drew out the crease. The eyeshadow was really easy to work with, however the technique was out of my comfort zone to work around the guide. After using the flat end to apply the powder, it says to buff out to create a gradient effect which was very easy to do. After removing the stencil, it became apparent that I had made a pretty decent shadow that looked just like a cut crease, and it took less than 5 minutes.

Moving onto the glitter, I used the silicon tipped brush to apply the loose glitter pigment. I must admit that this is where I started to get a little frustrated. The silicon tipped brush is a genius product but it just didn’t work with the pigment. I couldn’t get a smooth application or line and ended up using a smaller brush of my own to fill in the cut out lid.

For someone who wears a winged liner frequently, I cannot tell you the last time I used a standard black liquid liner. Having been a convert for the trusty felt tip liner, I actually struggled to line my eyes. Thankfully, the cut crease guide has a perfectly shaped side for assisting in getting an incredible wing. I still struggled a little though, not going to lie.

How To with ASOS HAX

How To with ASOS HAX

How To with ASOS HAX

Illamasqua Visage lashes

For a beginner, the HAX set is a brilliant introduction into creating those looks that you may not have thought that you would be able to do. An eye look takes minutes, and you are given all of the tools that you need. The colours are pretty and complimentary, whilst the technique is easy to pick up of working around a guide piece. For me, as someone who loves a cut crease and doesn’t find the technique too difficult, I think the overall look isn’t as polished as something that I could do myself. That being said, it has shown that it can only take minutes as opposed to the lengthy amount of time I spend when doing my makeup.

Ps – the lashes are Illamasqua Visage and they are bomb.

If you are looking for a helping hand to guide you into the world of Insta worthy makeup, then the HAX sets are definitely one to take a look at. You can get these exclusively at ASOS from £14.99.

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One Brand Skincare – Filorga

Making the decision to use just a set of specific products over the course of the month has been one of the better decisions that I’ve made. No longer wondering which product of twelve is not agreeing with me, or having a choice of five different serums is no longer. A targeted and focused skincare routine is my new jam, and my skin has never behaved better. This last month I have been using Filorga, a French skincare company who’s ethos is beauty without the surgery. It’s expensive, granted, but it’s also easily accessible to get hold of the collection from Marks and Sparks. As experts in anti-ageing, Filorga definitely does have innovative products inspired by the science behind cosmetic procedures such as fillers and botox. Each target driven product has a goal in mind – younger looking skin without the injections.

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

Whilst I was on holiday, I was really enjoying the bare faced, tanned and natural look which I’m quite happy to keep up whilst at home. To do this, I want my skin to be hydrated, plumped up and radiant and Filorga has slipped perfectly into my routine to keep my skin in check. Using just six skincare products from the range, I’ve been focusing on the upkeep of hydrated skin and a good exfoliate.

Each evening, the first thing I do when I get home is remove my makeup. I don’t think there is any better feeling that removing traces of the day along with stubborn mascara. Before I do a full cleanse, of which I’m still using my trusty Dermalogica Ultra Calm Cleanser, I take off my makeup with the Filorga Anti-Ageing Micellar Water. It’s a great remover and although I do cleanse afterwards, the micellar water is a stand alone product that doesn’t need to be rinsed off. In a 400ml bottle, it’s lasting a long time and my skin feels not only clean but moisturised too.

Twice a week, I like to treat my skin to an exfoliating mask, and I think that the Filorga Scrub and Mask is one of the most fun masks that I’ve tried. A scrub that gets massaged into the skin, it then settles and develops into a bubbling mask. Reminiscent of an old fave, the Bliss Oxygenating Face Mask and a new discovery, the Clinique Pep Start Bubble Mask, they are all almost pure exhilarating torture to my skin. The bubbles tickle so much and it’s a true pleasure/pain experience for my skin. After the bubbly fun though, my skin looks incredible. The scrub has taken away the dead skin cells whilst the oxygen filled bubbles have brought a glow to my revitalised and refined face.

I’ve also been using a exfoliating moisturiser each evening that is packed full of hyaluronic acid, ahas and bhas to resurface and freshen up my skin. Not only does the Filorga Sleep and Peel give a great hydration for a night cream, I wake up looking so fresh and bright. It’s quite a cool cream as it gives a little tingle when you apply it to your face but it feels so good.

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

One Brand Skincare - Filorga

I’ve been trying my hardest to remember to use an eye cream each night, and to be honest, I’ve been pretty impressed with myself for remembering. The trick is to leave in out where it’s visible so you can’t forget! The Filorga Optim-Eyes Contour cream is just a little bit brilliant with it’s cocktail of ingredients that tackle the pigmentation under the eyes, as well as brightening and tightening the eye contour area. The greatest thing is that although I may be super tired, my eyes aren’t giving it away, and for that I am thankful!

Hydration is very important to my skin, and something I need to keep on top off. Although I drink a lot of water each day, my skin still needs the extra boost each morning and evening. The Filorga Hydra-Hyal Intensive Serum is such a beautiful serum for adding moisture and plumpness to the skin. A little goes a long way and one pipette full is enough to give my skin the drink that it needs. I love that morning pamper when I’ve massaged and patted it into my skin and when I look in the mirror and see a glowy, fresh face.

For an all rounder moisturiser that can be used both morning and night, without any added extras, the Filorga Hydra Filler is a great choice. Designed for a youthful complexion, it’s packed full of hyaluronic acid that reduces fine lines, plumps up skin and leaves me looking radiant and fresh.

As my skin is looking pretty amazing right now, it’s been easy enough to not want to wear makeup and keep to a sheer base. Using the Filorga BB-Perfect cream, I have been embracing my clear, glowing skin that looks healthy and fresh. It’s also a great base for under foundation as it gives a poreless, soft focus finish.

To complete my routine, you cannot beat a face mask that masks you sit back, relax and have a good 15 minutes of uninterrupted bliss. Using the Filorga Time – Filler mask, as well as the Hydra – Filler mask, these serum infused masks work intensively onto the skin. With the amount of serum within the mask and packet, I can get at least two treatments from each sachet. I particularly love the Hydra Filler mask for the amazing hydration that it gives my skin.

Filorga really does seem to be quite underrated within the beauty world, but it really is a brilliant brand that has the knowledge and experience to know how to target skin concerns and give beautiful skin without the surgery.

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My Holy Grail of Makeup

When you are a beauty blogger, it’s a constant struggle to get the newest releases in the beauty world displayed across your website and social media. I took the option of not being the finger on the pulse of beauty quite some time ago. I had issues with just how many posts I was seeing that were all the same with no real review, but were obviously an urge to get the most views on launch day. Statements with ‘I’ve played with this eyeshadow all morning’ does not give a thorough and in depth understanding. My opinions change frequently and sometimes, a product that I loved that morning will not have the same level of love after being out of the house for 12 hours, sat in a roasting hot office and then being pelted with a sudden rain shower on the way home. With this, I stepped back somewhat and I do only tend to share products on my blog that have had a real good going over. I pride myself on the reputation that I have built up for being honest, with reliable reviews that do not sugar coat things for the sake of being kept on a PR list. That being said, I do find that once I have mentioned a product, it’s really difficult to incorporate it into future posts unless I am doing a round up or favourites. With that in mind, I thought it would be a nice idea to share the love for those products that I don’t mention that often, but I literally could not live without.

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills nars soft matte lancome

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills nars soft matte lancome too faced

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills nars soft matte lancome

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills nars soft matte lancome

Each morning when getting ready for work, I find myself reaching for the same products. The products that I know that will work, will last all day and that are so easy to work with that it takes next to no time for apply my work face. I will be going into my Holy Grail of skin care that I use each day to prep my skin for makeup, but after I have a cleansed and smooth complexion, I start with the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Stick Foundation. I use two shades; 025 Beige Lin and 048 Beige Chataigne. Beige Lin is a warm, fair shade and Beige Chataigne is a medium neutral. Weirdly, both of these shades are perfect matches which makes no sense at all when it comes to colour theory, but they make perfect sense on my skin. I love the stick foundations, as you can see and they do make life so much easier as it’s a quick swipe, buff and off you go. I love the finish, the formulation and as a multi use base, highlight and contour with the shade range. If you have tried the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra liquid foundation, then you really should have a stick foundation back up.

I have been using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for as long as I can remember however being friends with the NARS Trainer Leena has it’s advantages. She nudged me into changing from the Radiant Creamy and swapping this for the Soft Matte for both blemishes and under eye. She made a great decision for me, and I cannot rave about Soft Matte enough. The fact that it doesn’t crease is the first reason to make the change, and secondly, it’s full coverage.

It was my Mum who told me to try the Nip + Fab mascara because it gave her great volume and length. At first, I wasn’t sold. I thought it gave me fluttery lashes with no real oomph and I was a bit meh about it. Fast forward a few months and again, this is another product where my opinion has dramatically changed. For a £9 mascara, it’s beautiful. It does lengthen and volumise and it doesn’t smudge in the slightest which makes for a happy under eye. I cannot get enough of this one, and luckily, it’s on offer a lot at Superdrug. Happy days.

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills benefit brows

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills benefit brows lancome

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills benefit brows fenty highlighter

As lipsticks go, I’m a nude kinda gal for day to day but my all time favourite lip product has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac. It’s very well loved, and almost at the end of it’s little life. It’s a good job that Anastasia is now sold at Selfridges Trafford Centre which means I can peruse the shades ready for my next purchase.

When it comes to brows, it doesn’t matter how many products that I try, I always fall back to one in particular. The Benefit Precisely My Brow was a brilliant alternative for ABH Brow Whiz when I had ran out. I daren’t even think about how many of these pencils that I’ve got through. Although I have been using others in between such as the IT Cosmetics Brow Powder, I always come back to Benefit No 3.

More from Anastasia, and of course my Holy Grail palette has to be Modern Renaissance. I never had any intention of buying this. In fact, I got so sick of looking at it when it first got released as it was another ‘quick lets get a review up’ product. I don’t actually think I’ve ever reviewed this myself. Seriously, this has to be one of the best palettes I have ever owned. Not only are all the shades my kind of colours, but the mix of matte and shimmer give you many possibilities for looks. Intensely pigmented, I cannot believe just how long it has taken me to hit pan on my most used shades, considering I’ve had this for a good few years now! The Soft Glam palette is going to be my next palette from ABH as the shades that I am hitting pan on are included in the Soft Glam so I will have a broader spectrum to play around with. Burnt Orange will always be my bae.

It’s only been recently that I’ve started to fall back into the habit of using a pressed powder to set my make up. The Too Faced Primed and Poreless pressed powder has been my on hand help for makeup that stays in place. Using my Iconic London Powder brush, I dust a layer of pressed powder across my face, before adding the Too Faced Sun Bunny powder bronzer to add warmth and a bit of definition. It seems that there is a Primed and Poreless shortage at the moment, but thankfully it isn’t being discontinued as I don’t know what I would do! On my cheeks, the Anastasia Beverly Hill Blush Kit. Coastline, the top right shade is a satin coral peach and I used this all of the time. Again, another incredibly pigmented product that makes it look like it’s hardly been touched when in fact, I got this last October and have been using it a lot.

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills swatches

My Holy Grail of Makeup anastasia beverly hills swatches

My highlighter of the moment is Girl Next Door from the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Duo with Chic Phreak. I am obsessed with the soft pink sheen which also looks insane when added to Chic Phreak. The buttery soft powders make easy work of adding subtle shimmer to the cheek bones, and for a more intense look it can be built up to the hearts desire.

My final Holy Grail product is the one and one Chanel Soleil de Tan. A resurrected product that I used to love way back when that unfortunately got pushed to one side until I read someone on a Facebook group talking about how amazing it is. I had to get another and it wasn’t a bad mistake at all. I forgot just why I loved this subtle moussey goodness that warms up the skin without leaving orange streaks. It’s impossible to get Soleil de Tan wrong on your skin as it blends like a dream into an air whipped kiss of colour. Beautiful.

Have you tried any of my Holy Grail products? Are there any that you want to try?

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The Hourglass Powders I Cannot Live Without

It’s been quite sometime since I made that eventful trip to Sephora and came back with several of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes. To be fair, they have been one of the more sensible make up purchases that I have made. Not only have I bought blushes in shades that I would wear daily but you really cannot go wrong with several pressed powders of various sheens and shades. I’m on my second Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette with its neutral Dim Light, glowy Incandescent Light and sunkissed Radiant Light powders and I just adore the naturally beautiful, soft focus finish that they leave on my skin. Since the launch of the Ambient Lighting powders, I seem to have created quite the collection.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

The Ambient Lighting Strobe Palette upsets me a little, as it was a limited edition from a few Christmas’s ago. I was clever. I had two, which is why this one is brand new – yay! However, you can buy each blush in the palette in individual compacts. Featuring Iridescent Flash; a glowy pink, Brilliant Nude; a peachy gold, and Euphoric Fusion; a warm coral, these shades are so me it’s untrue. I like to use a blend of all three to make a custom cheek colour, but whilst I have a suntan, Brilliant Nude and Euphoric Fusion have been my go to shades.

The formulation of these powders are incredibly lightweight which I’m really into it at the moment, and as I’m also into layering products, they work well in giving me a flush of warmth without looking caked in makeup. There’s a depth to my skin when I use these light reflecting powders. They sculpt whilst blurring out skin. Pores look more refined, dry patches aren’t enhanced. You can see exactly why these powders are getting such good reviews and write ups.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

My second Hourglass powder is the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze. This is such a subtle bronzer and it makes my skin look so perfect, it’s untrue. It’s so strange, because for all the years that I can remember, I have struggled to find a bronzer that shows up on my skin without looking muddy, and now I seem to have cracked the code and I am finding bronzers with ease that are great matches for my skin tone. I do think that I would like to give the Radiant Bronze a try as well as it seems to have the undertones that my skin needs.

One of my favourite blush shades to wear whilst I have a tan is a pretty baby pink shade. It compliments tanned skin beautifully and the pop of colour adds dimension without looking too severe. Ethereal Blush isn’t a shade that I would usually choose as it is very cool toned, but a change is as good as a rest and I’ve proven myself wrong by using a shade that is so flattering and not at all garish on my warm skin tone.

Hourglass have been a preferred brand of mine for so many years because of their innovation formulation and I’m so pleased to see that the brand have started to make it’s mark on the UK market. You can now find Hourglass in Space NK, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. What have you tried from Hourglass that you can’t live without?

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The IT Makeup of the Moment – IT Cosmetics

IT Cosmetics seems to be causing quite the stir around the UK at the moment, and after trying out some of the hero products of the brand, I am not surprised. IT Cosmetics finally hit the UK shores towards the end of last year, taking residency at Selfridges as well as QVC UK, which we all know has great bundles offers and Easy Pay installments. When the brand launched last year, I was kindly sent across as bag of samples of the hero products and within those samples, I have discovered four products, three of which I will be sharing today and the fourth will be purchased pretty soon! The products that have contributed to my face looking it’s ultimate best include the iconic CC+ cream, under eye concealer and one of the best brow products that I have used in a long time.

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

My original sample bag contained the Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50 cream, however since then IT Cosmetics have launched an illuminating version which I have been using. I have usually turned my nose up at BB creams, CC creams and even the DD creams that made a very small appearance before fading into obscurity. I have always been that full coverage, foundation like a mask gal and nothing could sway me away from that. I’m sure you can imagine that my initial first impressions of the CC+ cream absolutely blew me away. This is no ordinary CC cream, in fact it’s a wonder product of epic proportions that has the scent of melons and makes me look flawless.

Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50 cream is a lightweight, non greasy (unless you use too much) cream that contains enough SPF to be able to forget adding another one to the mix. It has a full coverage finish that can be worn alone, or should you wish, under foundation. It corrects colour, covers up my pores and generally leaves me looking fresh as a daisy. I use the CC+ cream most days instead of foundation as it basically works as well, but without being too heavy on my skin. The illuminating version is packed with light reflecting particles that make skin look dewy and glowing, without any shimmer or glitter and as the formulation contains an anti ageing serum, the CC+ cream does make me look dry or cakey. It’s an absolute winner for me, and as you only need a max of two pumps to cover your face, the tube is going to last quite sometime. Whether you apply it with a brush, your fingers or a damp beauty blender, the coverage and finish is the same and looks great. You can see why it’s a Top Ten product from IT Cosmetics.

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

Dark circles have been the bane of my life for as long as I can remember and a under eye concealer has to have a few stipulations. Soft and creamy, crease proof, long lasting and industrial strength. There aren’t many that I have found that tick all the box but now I can add two new concealers to my routine. The Bye Bye Under Eye is another of It Cosmetics Top Ten products and is available in the Original and the Illuminating version. You can see from the below swatch that Illuminating version is very subtle, and although the light reflecting particles are present, they are not blinding or look out of place for an under eye product. A tiny amount of product is needed to give an even and full coverage, waterproof under eye. I think it quite possibly is my favourite under eye product that I have tried, and if you know my make up collection, you know I’ve tried a lot. Out of the two, I think I do prefer the original when doing a more intense eye look, but for day to day, the illuminating version works really well.

I have decided that the best brow for me is a natural, fluffy brow that doesn’t look too done or too severe. Whilst I like a Dip Brow Pomade brow when I go out, for normal operations, a brow that is drawn with a pencil is my go to. As my brows are in quite good shape at the moment, a quick touch up of the sparse areas and a defined arch is all I am after. The IT Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe is the only shade that they do, and it matches to any brow colour. How cool is that. The wax pencil makes it easy to fill in the gaps and build up areas to give the illusion of thicker and fuller brows, whilst the spoolie on the end helps to tame and tidy hairs. I have been using this daily for quite some time now and out of curiosity, I twisted the pencil to see how much product I had left. There’s loads! I think it will definitely last me a good month or two with the amount that I use.

One of the other samples that I did try was the Superhero mascara. I’m so funny with mascaras that I rarely find ones that do everything that I want them to do. As I have a couple open and on the go at the moment, I will be picking up the Superhero mascara next time I head into Selfridges.

On the subject of Selfridges, the Trafford Centre is relaunching the beauty hall and the addition of five new brands including Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hourglass and Natasha Denona. It very exciting to finally have an actual stand for ABH in the UK so I will be heading there to swatch away in the next few weeks. How much fun!

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Fenty Beauty: Holiday Makeup Bag

Without realising it, I have fallen head over heels for Fenty Beauty. It all started with a highlighter and now I seem to be fully kitted up and ready to collect the final few pieces to complete a full collection. Fenty Beauty launched in November of last year and already has reached heights of fabulosity with its inclusivity for women of colour with a 40 strong shade range. The Pro Filt’r foundation not only has shades for everyone but has one of the most beautiful formulations. A full coverage foundation, with a soft matte finish that stays on all day, even without the help of the Soft Filt’r primer. I am wearing this more than any other foundation at the moment and I love the flawless, soft focus finish that it gives to my skin.

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

After having a makeover at Harvey Nichols Manchester, I sat with Djema, who painted my face for the gods. Using Pro Filt’r in 240 as my base, I wanted to see more of how the Match Stix could work on my skin to sculpt and define. I also wanted to see which shades would be the most beneficial for me. As I already own the French Vanilla Match Stix which I use as an under eye brightener, I do find that the colour sometimes looks a little chalky. Djema tried the Match Stix Trio in Medium and the shades are very complementary for my skin tone. For the brightening shade, Bamboo is a neutral shade which is more in line with the concealer shades I use for my under eyes. Mocha, a cool toned contour shade is another perfect shade for my skintone. Not too dark, it doesn’t make me look muddy and it gives a cast of shadow that doesn’t look unnatural. The shimmer Match Stix within the Match Stix trio is Trippin’, a gold glazed apricot shade that is to die for. With the shimmer Match Stix, they also double up as great eye shadows so I’m pleased I have several that can be used for different areas of the face.

A custom made blush was made using a mixture of matte Match Stix in Suede and shimmer Match Stix in Ridiic, and the outcome is a deep flush of warm coral that reminds me of NARS Torrid but with a deeper, more sunkissed coral. It’s going to be perfect for my holidays. We also tried a tiny amount of Shimmer Match Stix in Confetti for my highlight and I think that this shade is quite possibly the most beautiful, and so very me, highlight shade. I can’t wait to layer it with Unicorn for a dazzling, glitter sheen.

Layering up the Match Stix with the Pro Filt’r foundation has shown me that all of these layers still feel as light as air on my face. I don’t feel caked in makeup and although essentially I am, ultimately the finish is still natural. With this lightness in mind, I have packed every single item into my holiday makeup bag and I can see that this will be ideal for hot climates. I may have to go and get myself a Body Lava before I go because Body Lave plus tan equals heaven!

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Also in my makeup bag, I’ve added three of the Fenty Beauty Matte-moiselle Lipsticks. These slim lippies are deceiving. They don’t look much, but my god, they certainly pack a punch in pigment and staying power. I swatched these on my arms and stained like you would not believe. There are 14 shades in total, and I have four of them. At £16 each, they are cheaper than MAC, and the formulation of the mattes is superb. They are so creamy and comfortable, I don’t get the dry puckered up lip that I do with some other mattes and again, they last for hours. The pigmentation is insane and the colour intensity on the lip is stronger than in the tube. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how amazing the shades look.

Up 2 No Good is a nude peach that does slightly clash with my skintone, but a lip liner could make it look so much different. I love the colour and even when lightly patted onto the lips, it’s still vibrant. A peachy perfect summer shade.

Spanked is a dusty rose and is my absolute favourite of the four. It’s such an Anoushka lipstick, and I can get so much wear from it. They do apply really well from the tube, but with the intensity of the shades, I would define the lip a little more in usual practice just to distract from my uneven lip line.

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

I wasn’t sure on Freckled Fiesta at first, but the spiced terracotta shade has really grown on me. I love how each shade in the range has been designed to work on every skintone, and whilst this is a shade that I wouldn’t usually go for, and in fact, I don’t own a shade like this, I really like how it looks.

The fourth shade I have is Griselda and my gosh, this is the only one of the four that I had real difficulty with. As it’s such a deep and bold burgundy, it makes it difficult to apply on me. I do struggle with dark lips, and I think they heighten my wonky lip line rather than flatter it. I have applied it straight from the tube, but I think that a lip brush and maybe patting it on in future will be more beneficial to get the most out of it.

I’m so pleased that my makeup brand of choice for my holiday is Fenty Beauty. A high performing, long lasting and great coverage selection of products that will make me look like a bronzed, glowing goddess. I hope!

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Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

I love this time of year for two reasons. One, it’s almost nearly going to be summer soon, I can feel it. Secondly, it’s the summer phase for make up launches. I think I love summer launches more than I love Fashion Week to spot the newest trends and that’s a strong statement. Already, we have seen the Fenty Beauty Body Lava hit the shelves, and I think I saw a sneak peak of the Esteé Lauder Bronze Goddess palette that will here with this years Bronze Goddess perfume launch for 2018. The Kiko Milano Summer 2018 collection has just made its way into store and onto the website, and it’s making waves – Gold Waves to be precise. One of the prettiest collections that I’ve seen from Kiko, it scream summer and looks perfectly in keeping with my tropical themed backgrounds.

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

The entire collection has a golden, jewel like packaging which looks so luxury that you’d be surprised to find that each item is under £20 with the exception of the bronzer and the brush kit. A capsule collection which contains products for a whole face of makeup, with the emphasis on healthy, glowing skin with glossy eyes and lips. There are three different types of foundation; a liquid, cream and powder. I have both the cream foundation and powder compacts, which both has an integral mirror within the packaging as well as a compartment for the sponge applicator. I have both foundations in the shade 01 Fair, which usually would be a few shades too light for me however it’s actually really nice on my skin. Whilst it’s pale and natural, it can be warmed up with a bronzer. The coverage can be built but up and I found that the formula, although matte, didn’t look cakey or dry. I love the fact that it has an SPF of 50 so I’ll be taking this away with me for sure.

The Gold Waves Sand Shore blusher is another product that conjures up summer in a second. With a satin finish, Sun Shore is a mix of golden bronzer and pink gold that swirls together to make a seamless warm glow on your cheeks. I love blusher, it really makes a face of makeup look complete, and even when less is more, a touch of blush finishes the look so well.

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

After I spent the majority of last year swapping my usual lipsticks for lip oils, I was very excited to see the Kiko Gold Waves Nourishing Lip Oil. I mean, just look at it – it’s gorgeous. The clear tube shows the oil with flakes of orange suspended within. The formulation is packed with orange essence and the oil gives a shiny, glossy finish that makes it look like a high shine lip gloss. Whilst lips are being nourished, they remain comfortable and hydrated. I’m in love.

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