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Too Faced Tutti Frutti Collection

Too Faced have been absolutely killing it recently with their cute and kitsch launches that are getting me very excited. Last year saw the cutesy Sweet Peach collection of which I stocked up on royally, before introducing the new Born This Way sculpting concealers and that setting powder that is so difficult to get hold of. This year has also seen the launch of a flagship store on London’s Carnaby Street as well as gorgeous new counters within Debenhams stores. Currently, as I write this post, I’m trying to track down the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette as it seems to be sold out everywhere and I’ve missed the boat. This is what Too Faced does to me. I creates a collection monster! Too Faced have launched an exclusive collection which can only be purchased in the Carnaby Street branch, or via the website (however I would use this as a last resort as they are yet to have a UK distribution centre so all purchases are subject to shipping and tax). The Tutti Frutti collection from Too Faced is a 53 product strong collection that has taken me back down memory lane with its gorgeous packaging and fruity scented products. 

As a highlighter hoarder, I am totally open to various ways of creating that desired glow. The Too Faced Tuti Frutti Fresh Squeezed Highlighting Drops in Sparkling Pina Colada couldn’t be more perfect for dewy, golden skin. The drops are quite watery in consistency so for myself applying them across the decolletage, down the arms and legs would be a preferable way to use then .Of course, a small drop on a beauty blender would also work well on the face and as they are oil free, the drops won’t disturb your makeup. You could even add them into your moisturiser or foundation for a sparkly finish – perfect for Christmas!

I was instantly drawn to the compact powders as I haven’t seen anything like this before from Too Faced. Even down to the small details of the angled corner to lift the lid rather than the usual clasp of a compact makes them stand out. The Too Faced Tutti Frutti Pineapple Paradise Strobing Bronzer Highlighter Duo is pretty gorgeous. From its glittery pineapple emblazoned lid to the seriously stunning powders within that are fragranced with a tropical pineapple scent. The powders can be worn alone or swirled together to get a seriously golden glow. The highlighter shade is light golden bronze, whilst the satin bronzer is a medium bronze with gold reflects. It’s a perfect pairing of shades for my skin tone and I love how it warms my skin without looking muddy. 

The Too Faced Tutti Frutti Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo in Apricot in the Act is the product that I have been reaching for the most lately. I was actually quite surprised with Apricot in the Act as it does like it would be too dark on my skin when you look at it in the pan. When buffed into the skin, the colour is a lot more subtle and gives a sheer veil of colour rather than a burst of intense pigment. It’s buildable, blendable and seamless on the skin and I love the blush shade as it suits my skin tone so well. Mixed together, or worn alone as a highlighter and blush combo, the colours look so pretty on a warm skin tone. 

Continuing on my journey for the love of liquid glitter shadows, the Too Faced Tutti Frutti Twinkle Twinkle Shadows are so incredibly sparkly, that you simply could not bypass these. My usual glitter shadows are from Stila so I do usually hold these in high regard when trying new products. TheToo Faced shadows are more sheer in formulation but have the same multi dimensional glitter particles to give a super sparkly glow from all angles, The glitter is finer than the Stila glitters which does give a different overall effect. The shades that I have are Lemon Zest; a true yellow gold with golden glitter and Citrus Mistress; a rosy copper with copper and gold glitter. I tap these onto the centre of my eye to transform my eye look and I have been trying these out of the lips over a matte lipstick for a little something extra. There are 8 shades in total to choose from, each shade inspired by candied fruit. 

The Too Faced Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glazes are lip glosses that I can get on with. In 12 shades, from brights to nudes, I have Yummy Rummy and Show Me Your Coconuts. Now, these are so comfortable on the lips and after all those matte liquid lips that I’ve been wearing, it makes such a difference to have a comfort glaze with a high shine, opaque metallic finish. The metallic sheen gives the illusion of a fuller pout and creates maximum impact. Yummy Rummy is a bronze shade with gold reflects whilst Show Me Your Coconuts is that perfect deep beige nude that has just enough shimmer to transform your lips from zero to hero. 

I think that the Too Faced Tutti Frutti collection could the best collection yet! Have you tried any of the Tutti Frutti range?

Too Faced Tutti Frutti Collection
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Stila Vivid & Vibrant Collection

There’s one thing that I really look forward to with makeup releases and that’s the autumn/winter drops. Whilst spring/summer has the brights and pastels, autumn/winter goes straight to my heart with the decadent richness and of course, all of the glitter. You all know just how much I love Stila, and have done for many year so when I saw the fall collection, I was in my element. The Stila Vivid & Vibrant collection has ticked every box with it’s shimmering jewel shades and use of texture, with a nod to the products that they do so well by extending the shade range with sumptuous autumn hues and rosy glows. Let me introduce to you the new collection from Stila; Vivid & Vibrant with six new shade ranges – Jade, Amethyst, Sapphire, Garnet, Labradorite and Smoky Quartz. 

The main focus of the new collection is the brand new eyeshadow duos. I do believe that this is actually the first time that Stila have released shadows like this, and they are a perfect way to introduce the vivid and vibrant range. Two shadows, both intensely pigmented with two contrasting textures. A super soft and silky shadow on one side and a metallic foil packed with shimmering pearl on the other. With the collection based on jewel colours, the indulgent and luxurious finishes of the shadows have that brilliance that you would expect from precious stones. Each shadow can be worn alone or layered for maximum effect. I love the finish of the shadows on the left hand side. Slightly glossy, but with a subtle metallic sheen whereas the the shadows on the right are more foiled with glitter reflects and a bit more oomph. Layering them gives them a deeper intensity and a pop of sparkle which will be perfect for the festive season. The swatch below is Vivid Garnet; a deep ruby red with gold reflects. 

The Vivid & Vibrant range also extends the Shimmer & Glow range. Whilst I have used one of the Shimmer & Glow shades from the summer collection, I haven’t really swayed away from using the Glitter & Glow and my collection is becoming pretty hefty. The Shimmer & Glow are a little more subtle than using full on glitter for a day to day look but still can create an impact. With a sheen finish rather than a  sparkle, they work really well with the eyeshadow duos to really deepen the colour and intensity. From the new collection, Vivid Labradorite which is a deep charcoal black with silver reflects and perfect for a sexy, smokey eye. 

Increasing the shade range of existing products, there are 6 new shades of the cult classic Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Think autumnal tones, deep terracotta, warm rose and burgundy. The shade that I have is Siena, a deep dusty brown rose. The formula has stayed exactly the same and is smudge proof, kiss proof and party proof for several hours.

Further shade extensions have been added to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. The intense shades fall in line with the new shade range of jewel colours but are a lot more subtle to wear. The liquid liner has been voted as one of the best liquid pen liners in several beauty awards and I do really like how it holds in place and dries with a bold colour. The Smudge Stick Waterproof Liners have also been extended with the vivid shades and I am obsessed with these. They are one of the best liners for the waterline as well as being able to smudge them out to create a cheeky smokey eye in minutes. 

One stand out product from Stila, for me, has to be the Heaven’s Hue highlighter. Not only are they incredibly unique with their bouncy gel like formulations that turn into gossamer light kisses from angels on the skin. Whilst I usually go for a blinding highlight for night’s out, the Stila Heaven’s Hues are more appropriate for day wear. They aren’t just subtle, but they give a luminous, lit from within natural radiance whilst feeling light as air on the skin. I have added Incandescence, a pink/peach with a universal gleam to my collection and it joins the iconic Kitten and this summers new shade Opulence. 

The shade from the Vivid and Vibrant range that stood out the most for me is Vivid Amethyst which works beautifully with my green eyes. From top to bottom on the swatch are Vivid Amethyst Eyeshadow Duo individual shades and then layered, followed by the Shimmer & Glow. The Liquid liner and Smudge Stick are below. 

I absolutely adore this new collection and I’m so pleased that I have added some new products to my personal collection such as these. Stila have also just dropped the winter collection just in time for Christmas which feature 3 brand new Glitter & Glow shades which I must get my hands on! What’s your favourite Stila product and why?

Stila Vivid & Vibrant Collection
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Omorovicza Discovery Set

A brand that I have barely scratched the surface of is Omorovicza and it’s a brand that I want to invest into so much more. With the huge amounts of skincare in my stash, I have been waiting for the right time to invest in some new products and Omorovicza is right at the top of my list. The Omorovicza brand focuses on using healing natural products combined with scientific innovation to bring products that actually work. I do own the cult classic Queen of Hungary Mist from Omorovicza and with the Discovery Set from World Duty Free, I have now had a little taster into these incredible products. Suffice to say, I now want them all. 

Inside the Omorovicza Discovery Set, a selection of five products which has each been chosen for their skin brightening, deep cleansing and energising properties. Retailing at £55.85 at World Duty Free, this is such a good value set and perfect for an evening regime. Starting off with the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam (full size £49), a pea sized amount is enough for the whole face. Using this in the morning on damp skin, it wakes up my skin and prepares it for the day ahead. It does leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and smooth and I like to use a damp muslin cloth to remove and mildly exfoliate at the same time. 

The Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser (full size £85 for 50ml) is a 30ml bottle which makes this whole discovery set an absolute steal. I’ve been using this moisturiser mainly in the morning due to it’s lightweight formulation that works well with my combination skin. The gel formula sinks into my skin easily and reduces shine and excess oils in preparation for the day. It’s a definite repurchase for me when this runs out. 

I have tried sample sized pots of the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and Deep Cleansing Mask in the past and I can see why they are two of Omorovicza’s top selling products. Space NK do have the Deep Cleansing Mask as their Social Star product, and with the hype surrounding it, I do feel that it’s definitely up there. Unfortunately, the sample sized pots that I have tried before haven’t been big enough to form a full opinion on, so it’s been refreshing to give them both another go. 

The Deep Cleansing Mask (full size £62) is formulated to draw out impurities, cleanse pores and detoxify skin. I have been using this around twice a week, and I find that my skin especially loves it after a week of wearing makeup and needs that break. I do also feel that my skin is looking a tad more balanced and my oiliness has reduced somewhat. 

With the Thermal Cleansing Balm (full size £52), I am already a fan, even after just a few uses. It’s gone straight to the top of my shopping list for the full sized pot but in the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying the black mud cleanser that not only removes stubborn makeup, but brightens, tightens and clears my skin. It’s love at first cleanse. 

Finally, the hero product is of course the Queen of Hungary Facial Mist (full size £25) which to me is the product that Omorovicza is most known for. The refreshing and hydrating mist is fragranced with rose and neroli and can be used for toning, setting make up or for a refreshing wake up throughout the day. Tired skin is no longer a cause for concern for me as I have been keeping this in my handbag for a instant boost of calming, balancing freshness. 

Have you tried anything from Omorovicza? Tell me your fave products and I can put them on my shopping list!

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bPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

Another week, another new palette that has caught my eye. This week, my love has fallen to the Stacey Marie Carnival Palette from bPerfect which is exclusively available at Beauty Bay. I wasn’t particularly bothered at first about this little beauty, but after seeing it across social media and watching the hype grow and grow, I fell deep. For a small Irish based brand, this palette has launched them into the stratosphere, with stock flying off the shelves to the point of sell out. Carnival has been featured on channels such as Nikkie Tutorials, Manny MUA and I haven’t heard, seen or read a bad word about it. It was destined to become mine, and when I saw the lovely Gill from Eyeliner Flicks use hers in her Instagram Story, it was the seal of approval that I needed.

Stacey Marie, for those who do not know of her work, is a UK based makeup artist who is known for her use of colour. The Carnival Palette was created with a love affair of bright and bold shades, but misses out those neutral filler colours to create a palette that its not only unique but makes you want to embrace the bright. I have been finding lately that I have been a lot less apprehensive about using colour and really pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. The Carnival palette has sat perfectly within my collection. It’s not only the home to shades that can be worn on a day to day basis but also houses intensely pigmented colours in a range of colours. 

The palette itself is quite spectacular to look at and I really do love how it also contains two large highlighter shades. It’s the finer details like this that make me happy. It’s one less item to pack when going away and everything I need in one palette. 24 shades of shadow, in a range of matte, shimmer and metallic. I do think that the swatches compared to real life using on the eye are somewhat different, and the swatches did cause some concern to build up the shades with some coming off as quite dusty and patchy. I have tried these out on my eyes several times, and I definitely haven’t had any issue with patchiness or the texture and formulation. I have found that I struggle to blend these with a set eye base, so a tacky base is definitely needed for an easier blend and to pack on the colour. They are incredibly pigmented, and the bright neon pink and some of the blue shades did leave a slight stain to my arm, however this was applied directly to the skin with no base product. I haven’t used the pink in as much concentration on my eyes since, but I am pleased to say that there has been no further staining to my skin! 

Although I don’t have a great deal of super bright coloured palettes, the ones that I do have pale in comparison to Carnival. I do love my Jolie Beauty palette, but overall there isn’t much of a comparison in regards to shade range and brightness. 

Looking through the Stacey Marie and Carnival Palette hashtags on social, there have been some utterly beautiful and inspiring creations that have been made using the palette. I am still improving my skills and one day, I do wish to be able to knock out a stunning brightly coloured cut crease with halo spotlight and all sorts of jazz like these girls are creating. Until then, I am really making the most of learning a new skill with these shadows that I would usually shy away from. 

If you haven’t yet plucked up the courage to get your bPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette, then you really should. Aside from it being this years most hyped product, it has really brought my creativity to the forefront and has pushed the boundaries that I had given myself when working with colour. It is currently in stock at Beauty Bay and retails at just £40. You know you want one! I think I will also need to get the new bPerfect MMMMitchell highlighter palette although it is out of stock on pre-order at the moment. 

bPerfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette
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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Norvina Palette

I’ve been on a palette purchasing mission as of late and whilst I have found myself purchasing palettes with that dreamy burnt orange shade I love so dearly, one palette really has stood out for being that little bit different. I’m talking about the Norvina palette by Anastatsia Beverly Hills, the palette that has completed the squad (until Sultry dropped out of the blue), and the one that I think I love the most. I’m really quite lucky in that Anastasia Beverly Hills now has a fab counter in Selfridges at the Trafford Centre where I can stock up and top up on my makeup must haves. No more judging shades over the internet, I can now swatch away to my hearts desire in store. After a visit to the Trafford Centre to meet the legendary Anastasia Soare, CEO of Anastasia Beverly Hills and her lead makeup artists, Alyssa, I came away with a heart full of love and a bag full of eyeshadow, also known as Norvina.

As with the previous Anastasia palettes, Norvina settles into the pack in its lilac hued velveteen case which opens to reveal 14 eyeshadows, a dual ended brush and a substantial mirror. The shades are made up of a row of intensely pigmented shimmer and metallic shades that feel like a gel to powder formula, with the bottom row holding 7 matte shades in various hues. Although the palette is shown as being a pink and purple palette, the amount of shades that fall into this range is slim, with just two of the seven matte shades being a pink a purple and the same with the shimmers. 

Looking at the bottom row of shadows, the colours are very well put together with shades that work well together. A neutral base shade, cool toned browns, some very pretty definition and transitional shades and the pops of colour. I’m particularly smitten with Eccentric; a burnt pumpkin shade that has my name written all over it. There has been some talk about the formulation and how after the release of Subculture that the powders were too powdery, with a lot of kick back. I haven’t found there to be a lot of kick back in Norvina, no more so that Soft Glam and even Subculture itself. What I have found is intensely pigmented shadows that take a slight touch to create depth of colour, that blend seamlessy and leave a smooth, silky buttery finish. As you do only need a little and can build up, rather than packing it straight on, I seem to have found that I have need less control and that the shades just buff into the skin beautifully. Working with shadows such as Soul and Love have pushed me out of my comfort zone as whilst I have a huge love for purple, a lighter cool toned purple would never have been my first choice and I have always been scared of using pink around my eyes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Norvina Palette

The shimmers within the palette are definitely the show stopping part of this launch. Not only are they incredibly pretty to look at, but the shades are all wearable without thinking that you’re going a bit too over the top. The formulation of these shadows are quite unusual. They do seem to have some sort of gel like formulation to them, as when you do press into them in the pan it does leave an intend into the soft, squishy texture. Putting them onto the eye is a dream and just like the mattes, they blend easily and can be packed on. They can also be used wet and dry to increase the vibrancy of the shimmer and they don’t lose the intensity over the course of the day. 

Although I have both Soft Glam and Norvina to hand for day to day make up, I have found that I have been using more Norvina for the very autumnal shades at the far end of the palette. It really has made my day to day application so much easier in that I can literally swipe on a shade or two and it has made a very easy way to create a look that looks like it has taken longer than a few minutes. The shades literally are foolproof to work with as they shadows are a cohesive mix, there are so many combinations that can be made with Norvina. It’s safe to say that this has definitely been one of my most favourite purchases this year. 

In this makeup look, I’ve used the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r foundation in 240 and have focused on dewy, glowy skin with a touch of Harmony blush by MAC, and a hint of a glow with the Anastasia x Amrezy highlight. I’ve also used the Ferne McCann lashes in Astrid for extra volume and length. If you haven’t yet tried the Ferne McCann lashes from Poundland, then you need to try and get hold of them. They are never in stock in my local store but for £1, they really are fantastic lashes. On the lips,  a slick of the Too Faced Melted Matte-allics in Sugar Kisses; a pearlescent pale ballerina slipper pink. 

Have you tried the Norvina palette? Tell me your favourite shade in the comments. 

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Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Unicorn Elixir

I really need to stopping popping into Superdrug whilst on my lunch break. This mentality of £3 here and £6 there suddenly mounts up and before I know it, I can’t afford food but have 17 brand new highlighters and a couple of eyeshadow palettes that I didn’t need. I jest, I only bought 15 highlighters and I needed the palettes. Seriously though, my local Superdrug is fantastic. It’s so well maintained that the testers are presentable and the stock to purchase hasn’t been used and had grubby fingers shoved in it. I always find that I end up in front of the Revolution stand as I think they are killing it at the moment with their new launches and I have been seriously impressed. My latest purchase was, of course, a highlighter. I did veer off course and purchase a liquid highlighter but fell back on my path by buying one named Unicorn Elixir. I really am a marketers dream, aren’t I? 

The Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Unicorn Elixir is just £3 at the moment and I am really considering going back and getting the rest of these Cover FX Glitter Drop dupes. Unicorn Elixir is a blue toned iridescent liquid with multi dimensional glitter particles that shimmer and glow when the light hits. Whilst it does look very blue in the bottle, when applied to the skin, it forms a milky lilac with pink reflects. To those who are a little afraid of such an unusual shade of highlighter, I would say that it isn’t to be scared of. A little goes a long way and aside from patting it onto the high points of your face, you can mix it in with your liquid foundation for a glowy sheen. You could even use it with a primer, or a moisturiser depending on the level of glow that you want. 

I do have the Cover FX Glitter Drops in Luna and to be honest, whilst they do look like a dupe, the Cover FX drops are very different. Even down to the base that the glitter is suspended in, it just feels different. I also find the Cover FX drops to pack more of a punch but the Revolution drops are so much easy to wear should you not want so much glitter but more of a shimmer. 

The one thing that I will point out is that my pipette on the bottle took some working to be able to dispense product and at one point, I did feel that it was about to break off before I was able to get the liquid into the vial. Whilst the bottle was closed, I squeezed as much as I could into the pipette and luckily after a few attempts I got it to work. It wouldn’t be particularly bothered if it broke considering it was only £3. 

Have you tried any of the Revolution Liquid Highlighters? I can’t wait to get a few more shades. And maybe the Soph palette!

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Mist you Madly

2018 has been a strange old year in terms of makeup and skincare products that I have been using. It seems that the days of a full face of makeup has become less of a daily occurrence and more of a bi monthly occasion. I’ve fallen into a routine of a more muted and low maintenance regime and I am really enjoying it. One of the skincare products that I have increased use of is facial mists and I found some absolute gems. With a minimal make up face, I want glowing, healthy and hydrated skin so I’ve picked mists that both increase moisture, give me a little pick me up and to restore balance. And as an added extra, most of them can be chucked in my handbag for a quick spritz throughout the day. 

I have been using MAC Prep + Prime Fix + for longer than I can remember. It seems to have gone full circle with people recommending it as a fixing spray however I have never found that it has been great for fixing, compared to other specific fixing sprays. What I do find it amazing for is to give a boost of hydration prior to makeup application, and it’s absolutely incredible for making cakey makeup look flawless and dewy. I also love it for a quick boost during the day and the coconut scented spray is definitely my fave. I also find it to be really soothing on the skin, and often use this on bare skin and press it in to reap the benefits of the camomile and cucumber. FYI – this is my go to spray for wetting my brush when using pigments and metallic shadows. 

I received the Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist a few years ago whilst doing some work for the Good Spa Guide. It was my very first time that I had tried Thalgo and since then, I’ve tried a lot more from the brand. The Reviving Mist works best as a hydrating toner but I also like to use it as a refreshing mist.  I do usually keep my Thalgo on my bedside table and use it each night before bed as I love the fine mist prior to adding my serum. It’s so lovely and makes it feel like my serum is really sinking into my skin. 

One of my ride or die mists has to be the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I cannot rave about this baby enough. I have so many bottles dotted around the house, in makeup bags and handbags and even at my desk at work. It is hands down the best facial mist ever. Grape, rosemary, orange blossom and organic balm mint awakens skin like a vitamin boosting shot. The mint leaves a fresh tingle and tightens pores whilst toning and boosting skin. Beauty Elixir has been inspired by the Queen of Hungary’s elixir of youth and it certainly does make me feel youthful after a quick spritz. It’s my number one. 

It’s very exciting to see a brand that I have been using since it’s early days to now be available on sites such as QVC and Feel Unique. It does make me feel really proud to know I’ve been there since the beginning. Evolve Beauty are an all natural, organic and cruelty free skincare brand who have created some amazing products. One of their products is the Daily Defence Moisture Mist which is made of a blend of African Moringa peptides and Hyaluronic Acid for an intense boost of hydration. Not only does the Moisture Mist soothe and calm, but it firms and protects whilst protecting the skin from pollution. It’s a really fresh mist that I like to use in the morning before and after makeup. I like that it helps to protect my skin from city centre life and pollution. 

Another mist that protects against the daily pollution and nasties in the air comes from Garnier, and is part of the Skin Active range. I am really enjoying the Garnier range at the moment and the Skin Active Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist is no exception. The main ingredient is pomegranate which is known for it’s high impact antioxidant properties. I love to use this mist over makeup as it is so fine that it doesn’t feel at all wet. It feels so refreshing and leaves a velvety texture on the skin. 

A brand that is quite new to me this year is Delune. A French brand that focuses on skincare with several mists within it’s product range. As I’m such a huge fan of coconut, I chose the Delune Coconut and Rose Water Facial Spritz for it’s radiance boosting properties. I do have to be honest in that I’m not so keen on the scent but I do love to use Delune as a toner in the morning as well as over makeup to keep my skin looking dewy with no flakiness. 

Which facial mists do you like? I would love to add more to my collection!

Mist you Madly Caudalie, Delune, MAC
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Tarte at QVC

QVC has become one of my ultimate shopping destinations. Not only can you find great name brands, with a percentage off the high street price and available to pay over 3 installments, you can see why any shopping addict would head straight to the site. QVC is also the only retailer in the UK where you can get your mitts on Tarte. One thing that I do miss about being able to go to the USA frequently is having Tarte on tap. There are several products from Tarte that are staples in my kit; the Skin Twinkle palette, Shape Tape concealer and the Tarteist Pro Clay Liner. Of course, there are also products which I have bought simply for the need to have it!

Tarte at QVC Love Trust Fairy Dust Flirt Maracija Oil

The latest drop on QVCUK from Tarte is probably one of the most girliest, glitteriest and prettiest collections that I have ever seen. Love, Trust and Fairy Dust with Pretty Things and Fairy Wings being some of the cute and kitsch names of the products has made this my favourite Tarte drop to date. The limited edition palette Love, Trust and Fairy Dust is selling out fast on QVCUK but I would keep it on alert for a restock. That is one thing that QVC are good at, and that’s getting a restock fairly quickly. Failing that, you can order directly from Tarte and they often hold free international shipping and the customs charges are included in the overall price. 

So, the Love, Trust and Fairy Dust palette is probably one of the cutest palettes that I have ever owned. The lid is made up of purple glittery stars, whilst the rose gold palette ticks all the boxes. Circular, with a huge mirror in the lid and holding 10 shadows and a highlighter shade. It really is a beautiful palette. The shades inside are just my colours. Rosy, plummy, and warm with a mix of neutral matte shades, a pop of shimmer and glint of metallic, it’s a very versatile palette for both muted day wear and glam evening. I also feel that I should be carrying this palette around all the time just for the sheer fact that I am obsessed with the purple glittery lid. Like all Tarte shadows, the formulation is incredibly silky and smooth with a great pigmentation. I do love that you can use them wet and dry, however I do find that the darker matte shades are a little more difficult to work with and can lay down slightly patchy but they do blend out easily. When you purchase the Love, Trust and Fairy Dust palette from QVC, you will also receive a free eye shadow brush worth around £20. 

The Pretty Things and Fairy Wings Brush Collection has to be one of the cutest collections I’ve ever seen. A set of five brushes, with pink handles and star tipped ends, these brushes are to die for. They are just £19 at QVC, and on the Tarte website they are £36. An absolute bargain!

  • 1 x Eyeshadow Brush – a lightly tapered tip and denser bristles make this eye brush multi-functional
  • 1 High Beam Highlighter Brush – densely packed bristles allow for application of a concentrated glow
  • 1 x Chiselled Cheek Brush – full and angled bristles sweep on blush, contour, or bronzer with ease
  • 1 x Domed Powder Brush – flawlessly buffs your favourite powder formulas
  • 1 x Diffuse Highlighter Brush – loosely packed bristles create a more ethereal luminescence

As a huge skincare lover, I am so pleased to be able to try the Maracuja Oil. I’ve been dying to try this for so long and now I have the new Limited Edition Marajuca Gold Oil which contains gold flakes. Designed to even out my complexion whilst giving a healthy glow, the oil is multi purpose and can be used as a serum, primer, moisturiser, softener and conditioner and does not need to be solely used on the face, but can be used on your hair and nails as well. 

One thing that Tarte do amazingly well are the lipsticks. I seem to have developed quite the collection and I have just added the Tarte Glide & Go Buttery Lipstick duo into the mix. I adore the cardboard packaging as opposed to using plastic, as well as the cute designs printed upon them. The lipsticks themselves have a balm like formulation that leaves a semi sheer finish but with intense hydration and pigmentation. Rosy View is a pink rose mauve and Berry Cruiser is a creamy plum berry. Both beautiful shades have gone straight into my handbag! 

The Tarte Tartlette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette has just become my go-to palette for being the perfect combination of shades that I could ever need. Especially as I need to pack light for my upcoming work week, the Tarte Flirt palette is coming with me for the ride. When I received this at the same time as the Love, Trust and Fairy Dust palette, all my attention was drawn to the sparkly beauty of LTFD. It was only when I sat down to play with each palette that I realised that Flirt was absolute goals. I mean, just look at the colours. You can create several looks from just 6 colours and the shades in the palette suit me so much. I think this could possibly be my favourite mini palette ever! This does also come with an eyeshadow brush when you purchase from QVC, which is a brilliant blending brush. 

Tarte at QVC Love Trust Fairy Dust Flirt Maracija Oil
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Real Techniques Insta Pop Brushes

I had a really good sort out of my make up brushes last week, as the amount I seem have collected it getting out of control. Saying that, I’ve also bought two more sets of brushes that I cannot wait to show you because they’re fantastic. Wearing minimal make up for work means that I’m hardly using my vast collection, but it has made me realise just which brushes are my go to brushes and that I can’t live without. One of the brands of brushes that I use frequently is Real Techniques, which was created by the Pixiwoo sisters Sam and Nic. I have two brushes by Real Techniques that I have had since the brand launches and those are the Setting brush and Expert Face brush. If you know, you know! There have, however, been a few new launches recently from RT and one of the launches has extended their standard range by introducing Insta Pop; four brushes designed to give the wow factor to your makeup. 

With the rise of Instagram makeup and intensely concentrated areas of colour, the Real Techniques Insta Pop brushes are designed to apply loose pigments and powder for high impact colour without the mess. Synthetic, duo fibre bristles, with a angled, rounded shape, they make it really easy to pick up powders without losing any products and allow the powders to be buffed into the skin. 

The Insta Pop Face Brush has come in really handy for me lately. I have made the switch from pressed powder to loose and I’ve found it very difficult to control just how much powder to use. As it does keep the powder on the brush and concentrates it onto areas of my face, I’m left feeling fresh faced and not cakey. 

I have been using a new loose powder highlighter alongside the Insta Pop Cheek Brush, and again this brush has massively helped with application, diffusion and depth of product. From a lightweight swash of colour to a deeper more intense build up, it’s another brush worth it’s weight in gold. 

The final two brushes come in a set of two, and the Insta Pop Eye Duo have been used more for pressed shadow than loose. Going against the grain with what they are designed for, I have been really enjoying the fluffiness and shape of these. I have often struggled with RT eye brushes as I find them hard to work with and the names of the brushes often don’t match with what I use them for. The Insta Pop duo have been really easy to work with. The colour payoff that I’m getting for using them more to pack on colour and to blend out has been really quite impressive. I’m really looking forward to playing with makeup this weekend and seeing how they work with loose shadows. 

Have you tried these babies from RT? Have you seen the new RT Brush Crush range?

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Cruelty Free Skincare – My Picks

Cruelty Free Skincare - My Picks Holland and Barrett

In Manchester City Centre, there is a secret beauty hall that not many people seem to know about. Shall I let you into the secret? It’s Holland and Barrett, the home to clean beauty that caters for those fulfilling a vegan lifestyle as well as playing host to a whole range of cruelty free products. The Manchester store is huge, with the whole of the 1st floor taken up by a massive range of products within the beauty sector. I have been spending an awful lot of time in there recently, and I have picked some really fabulous cruelty free products for my routine. 

It does look like they are discontinuing the Saaf Pure Face Cleansing Balm, but you may be able to pick this up in store. It was £24, but has been reduced to £8. The balm melts in your hand as you massage it into your face and the addition of water emulsifies it into a milky texture. It’s great at tackling stubborn makeup and mascara, and it leaves skin feeling so clear and squeaky clean. It smells amazing and really nourishes my skin. It is cruelty free, however due to the beeswax ingredient, it isn’t vegan. 

The Sukin Facial Scrub had to make the list as I adore this brand. My first taste into Sukin was the Hydrating Mist Toner which was repurchased several times and I used to decant into mini spray bottles to take to work with me. Sukin, as a brand, are cruelty free and are also vegan. The facial scrub contains non abrasive bamboo extract and ground walnut shells to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells away, leaving glowy and healthy skin underneath.  

When I first started receiving PR, one of the first products that I got was from Dr Organics and it was selection of their popular skin and body care with snail gel. I do love a moisturising gel rather than a cream and I love how easily the gel soaks into my skin. The Dr Organic snail gel products still get the approval from myself and the lemon sherbet scent is still fresh and zingy. It’s non sticky, doesn’t leave a film or residue and my skin really reaps the benefits of the healing properties of the snail gel. As it does use certified organic snail gel, it is not a vegan product but it is still cruelty free. 

The Ekia Organic Baume Eye Cream is a really lovely product. I say this all the time, but I am so bad for using an eye cream but I have really tried to get this into my routine. More of a balm like texture, it’s ideal for those with sensitive eyes like mine as it doesn’t cause any irritation. I do feel that certain areas look more even in tone and less puffy than before and my eye contour area does feel really quite supple. The key ingredient within the balm is Dragon’s blood sap and it does seem to be a popular ingredient in a lot of skincare these days as it does have great results. 

The final product comes from a brand that I have been using for many years. Trilogy, a brand from New Zealand that uses  certified organic rosehips to create one of the best oils that I have used on my skin. Rosehip oil has become really popular in the last few years, and for me, to use an oil that is rich in fatty acids that the body does not naturally produce as well as pro vitamin A to help moisturise and renew skin calls. My skin looks smooth, plumped and refreshed and as the skin is renewing, my pigmentation is slowly disappearing. The Trilogy Rosehip Oil is also vegan as well as being cruelty free. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite cruelty free skincare brands?

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Hair Heroes

I’ve noticed lately that the same few products are appearing in my routine and I will not use anything else. The only problem is that I seem to have very expensive taste and most of these products are going to run out at around the same time. What is life! From sublime hair masks to an extremely luxurious hair fragrance, I must brag that that I have the swishiest, prettiest smelling hair in Manchester. Here’s what I have been using to put the bounce back in my locks. 

I have a never ending cycle of not wanting to wash my hair, using dry shampoo and then getting a build up of product in my scalp. This can, of course, lead to dandruff should it not be nipped in the bud in time. Thankfully, my secret weapon, the Aveda Pramasana Scalp Cleanser is still very much being used to fully clarify my scalp and remove any build up. I don’t use much else in the hair cleaning sector that’s not from Aveda and the difference in how my hair behaves since I’ve been fully invested is really noticeable to me. 

Hair masks were one of those products that I didn’t really see the benefit of until lately. As my shampoo and conditioner has been giving ultimate results, I did skip the mask step. Until I was introduced to Coco & Eve. Just before I headed off on my hols to Bali, I was kindly sent the Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Nourishing Coconut & Fig Masque. First impressions were good; it smelt incredible and I didn’t use it until I was in Bali, surrounded by the Balinese coconuts! A small scoop of product is worked into the hair and left for 10 minutes to work it’s magic, before rinsing out. My hair felt like virgin hair. It was the softest and silkiest that I had ever seen it and it dried naturally, like a dream. Usually when I leave my hair to dry alone, it falls flat and limp. After Coco & Eve, it feels full, healthy and volumised with a beautiful natural wave to it. It’s my hair hero and I’m gutted that I’m about to run out!

One of my more luxurious treats comes from Show Beauty. It’s been quite sometime that I’ve been using Show products for and I certainly do have a lot of love for the brand. It has been a good 3 years or so that I have been using the Show Beauty Pure Treatment Oil, and this is my second bottle. I use it on average of twice a week, so it really does work out well for the money. I use just one pipette full my hair, and whilst damp, I work the oil into the bottom half of the hair, focusing on the ends before I blow dry. It helps with hydration, and smoothing down the hair shaft, and it gives my blow dry a sleekness that I wouldn’t usually be able to do myself. Not only that, but the sharp burnt caramel and vanilla scent is to die for. Seriously, if you haven’t tried Show Beauty before, then I really recommend the hair oil. 

A new brand exclusive to Sallys UK has come into my possession, and this is the range from Design.ME. A capsule range that covers all bases when it comes to hair needs. Fab.ME, a moisturising detangling mist that smoothes and protects from the frizz. Power Dry.ME, a mist for reducing blow drying time by up to 50% and Puff.ME, a volumising mist for ultimate root lift. I must say that the blow dry sprays are making light work of drying my hair lately. I actually cannot believe how long my hair has gone and usually takes such a long time to dry properly. It’s nice to know that should I be in a rush and need a last minute wash, then I can be done in next to now time. Puff.ME has been a brilliant addition to my hair care and styling routine. As my hair is getting longer, the weight of it is pulling it down which compromises the root lift. A puff or two in the root helps give more volume, and if I am putting my hair in any sort of style, this does help with keeping my hair in place and give it the malleability to style with ease.  Design.ME is a superb little brand and I have been quite impressed with how I’ve found the products to work. 

I will never be able to get away from the convenience of dry shampoo. Not only does is help make my hair look acceptable but I find it to help a lot when it comes to styling my hair and putting it up. There’s been a lot of negativity lately surrounding dry shampoo and how it’s bad for you. It’s not bad for you, but you do have to be mindful of how you use it and making sure that there is no build in in your scalp. Making sure I spray it into my hair from the recommended distance, it’s not concentrating on particular spot and it disperses across the roots  of my hair. I’ve been using the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo and I am a convert to this beautiful product. It doesn’t just refresh my hair, but it makes it look and feel clean without any powdery residue. A little does go a long way, and when I compare it to my old faithful Batiste, I can really see the difference between the two in performance and quality. Sorry Batiste, I still love you but Living Proof have nailed it!

The most luxurious product that I use frequently in my hair comes from luxury fragrance brand, Thameen. The Amber Room Hair Fragrance with Keratin locks in the scent whilst the pro vitamin B5 increases the water content of the hair, which in turn increases elasticity, conditions the hair and protects from humidity. Amber Room is a heady, warming fragrance with cedarwood, spices and cinnamon. It’s very rich, with a glowing smokiness. A single spray is more than enough to get a subtle fragrance, but two or three sprays mean you have ultimate in fragrance that lasts all day. 

What are your hair heroes? Which products do you use frequently that I should know about?

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The English Mineral Makeup Company

This is the second time that I’m writing this post, and I really hope that I can do it justice compared to my first, non published draft. You see, last week, with the help of my web host, we needed to make some changes but alas it didn’t work in the end. My site is fine but unfortunately, a back up was needed. A backup that didn’t take into account an entire weeks worth of posts, and many hours of work that I put in over the weekend. Not really a nightmare situation as such, but a pain in butt situation non the less. Anyway, let me introduce you to a new brand that I have discovered; The English Mineral Makeup Company who have brought a beautiful range of cosmetics with quite a beautiful story behind it.

Mother and Daughter duo Jeanette and Grace have developed The English Mineral Makeup Company with the idea in mind that the products are suitable for all ages. For those who are older and don’t want powdery, cakey line settling products, and those who are younger who need  gentle products from troublesome skin. This luxury brand uses chemical free mineral powders that have a high quality formula, beautiful finish and effectively treat the skin. 

I must pay homage to the packaging of the Fairy Godmother product that I have received. A white, glossy box with subtle branding, all tied up with ribbon and a delicate Cinderella carriage charm adorning the top. Simple, stunning and the attention to detail shows just how invested Jeanette and Grace are to their brand. Opening the box, the mineral powder in wrapped in its own pouch and nestled next to it, a mini Kabuki brush with scarlett bristles, that matches the red shades within the companies branded colours.

Fairy Godmother is a 4 in 1 wonder powder with one of the uses being an overnight skin treatment. I have used one mineral powder serum in the past before, and although unusual compared to using a traditional serum, the results are great. My skin seems to look much more even and still feels like it has had a bit of a boost, just like when using my normal evening skincare. 

Due to the light reflecting particles, Fairy Godmother makes a great primer, finishing powder or subtle highlighter and the finished look is even, smooth and flawless, with fine lines looked fuller and a moisturised and healthy finish. The formulation does contain crushed pearls which is why is cannot be classed as a vegan product, but it is cruelty free and organic. 

I’ve been really pleased with just how little product goes as long way. It’s perfect for my handbag, as the compact contains a mirror and combined with my mini Kabuki, I can keep myself looking fresh and glowy all day long. 

The English Mineral Makeup Company
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Garnier Skin Active Aloe Jelly

Ahh, just how how quickly the warm weather has swept into a chilly breeze, grey skies and the need to put the central heating on. My house feels really cold and I’m finding that my only solace is coming from fluffy blankets and socks. My skin is also feeling the effects. First of all, it gets blasted with air con at work, and now when I’m at home, it’s being hit with the dry and warm rooms in my house. I have needed instant hydration and I have found a product that is helping my skin look and feel instantly hydrated. The Garnier 3 in 1 Aloe Water Jelly is a multi use product, which has been  injecting life back into my face. 

Thirsty skin, whether it be dry, dehydrated or just suffering the after effects of being in the air conditioning and central heating will all be prime examples for the Garnier Aloe Jelly. A translucent jelly, packed full of hyaluronic acid and organic aloe vera which we know has healing and soothing properties. 

As a day care product, the jelly is light enough to be used under foundation and as a primer. A little is needed otherwise it does tend to feel quite tacky on the skin, however that’s not a bad thing if you are using foundation over the top. With the lack of makeup wearing I have been doing lately, I have been leaving my skin to drink up the jelly throughout the day and applying it more than once. 

As a night care product, it works in exactly the same way however I do feel like I need something more for my skin to cope throughout the night. It does work with serums and facial oils for an extra boost but I couldn’t use it on it’s own. 

My favourite way to use the Garnier Jelly has to be as a mask. A thick layer of jelly is applied to my face, which I leave for around 10-15 minutes. I pat off any excess with a towel or muslin cloth before leaving the residue to soak into my skin. Using this method once or twice a week, I have seen a difference in the plumpness of my skin and how much fuller my finer lines seem. 

I’m pretty impressed overall with the Garnier Jelly and I do keep seeing it go on 50% off offers in Superdrug and Boots. It’s well worth picking up should you need to address your thirsty skin!

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Pixi Glow Getters

As promised in last weeks blog post, I wanted to give you a full run down of the fabulous Pixi Fairy Lights and the new loves in my life, the Gossamer Duos. Pixi Beauty has been featuring quite heavily within my make up and skincare regimes lately and whilst some products have been with me for several years, others are new releases and new into my life. I’m extremely lucky to work so closely with one of brands that I absolutely love and it does mean that I get to try the new products as soon as they hit the shelves. When I was shown the new Pixi Fairy Lights, you can imagine just how excited I was about these incredible liquid glitter shadows. 

In five shades, the Pixi Fairy Lights promise a show stopping colour whilst the chamomile and rose infused formulation nourish the lid. From sparkling silver to burnt copper, each shade is very wearable and can be used for a dramatic lid or to add a touch of glimmer to the lid, inner corner or lower lash line. 

  • Crystalline – iridescent silver diamond
  • Sun Ray – yellow gold
  • Rose Gold – shimmery pink gold
  • Bare Brilliance – pale champagne rose
  • Passion Light – rich copper bronze

Now of course there have been other liquid glitter eyeshadows released on the market, namely Stila, which I believe were the first brand to do such a  shadow. To compare them would be quite difficult because in their own way, they are both very special. The Pixi Fairy Lights shadows perform beautifully. They glide on and the applicator gives precision application. They can be used as a sheer veil of shimmer, or built up to to an intense shock of metallic colour. The darker two shades are more difficult to build up an even layer of colour and do streak but it’s not a huge issue. They are comfortable to wear, easy to remove and the infused formula leaves the lids feeling soft and supple with no scratchy dryness from wearing a heavily glittered shadow. Crystalline and Bare Brilliance are the two shades that I have been reaching for the most, and I find them so versatile in what you can do with them. 

Mint To Be Hairdo wig by Hothair

For an incredible luminescence and a bright complexion the Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duos are simply perfect. Two complementary shades within one compact, that can be used both wet and dry, and as a highlight or subtle all over  glow. The powder is so silky, just like gossamer, and feels weightless on the skin. A cream based powder that diffuses easily across the skin, without settling into pores and brings a subtle touch of radiance to the high  points of your face. It’s a truly beautiful highlighter and all four shades across the two palettes look gorgeous on my medium skin tone. 

The two palette shades are Subtle Sunrise which contains a pale yellow gold and a golden rose, and Delicate Dew which holds a coral golden rose and a silver rose. All of the shades are subtle but can pack a punch if built up. I’m absolutely enamored with them both. 

I cannot wait to see what Pixi Beauty bring to us next. You can now get Pixi Beauty at Harvey Nichols, as well as Cult Beauty and Marks and Spencer


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It’s Mint to Be – Hot Hair

Changing up my style and look is something that occurs pretty frequently. If If I’m not dying my hair, I’m cutting it all of, wearing it in curls or poker straight. I’m actually in shock at just how much it has grown in the last 12 months and it’s sitting quite long past my shoulders. It’s also pink and purple right now. I’ve had a little play around with a new wig recently, and I’ve headed back to my babes at Hot Hair who have sorted me out with a new style. Hot Hair have been around for many years and cater for all. From hair extensions, half and full wigs and hair pieces with prices ranging from £15 to the incredible Black label wigs at an incredible £1300, there really is a huge amount of choice.

After spotting the Mint To Be Wig by Hairdo, I just couldn’t resist the gorgeous colour. I did have my eye on it for such a long time before taking the plunge, and at the moment, it’s currently in the sale for £82.50. Although it is a synthetic piece, you can use heated products on it, however it had a wonderfully flippy, volumised style to start with. 

I have taken the scissors to my wig ever so slightly to cut the fringe in a little more, and I’ve also give more of a side part than it sitting in the centre. I do love the freedom that you have with a wig in that you are changing your look but you can still tailor it to your preference. I also feel that my next cut may have to incorporate a full fringe because it looks so cute. 

Being bold with my hair colour has meant that being bold with my makeup is a no brainer. It was time for strong brows, using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Dark Brown, a flawless base using Too Faced Born This Way foundation and concealer before letting the eyes and lips do the talking. I’ve started to introduce bright colours back in on my lips and although I love the nude shades, I feel that I have come full circle again have headed back to the brights that I once was so well known for. The lipstick that I’ve used is an old favourite of mine, the Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin. I have written up my thoughts before now which you can find in my Kat Von D Berlin post, with swatches. 

I had a lot of fun creating this eye look and it was actually really simple to do. Going to back to one of trusty palettes, the Urban Decay Full Spectrum, I am a bit gutted that you cannot get this anymore. Compared to other bright palettes that are available, I find that Full Spectrum gives a pop of colour but isn’t that in your face kind of colour shadows. Bearing in mind that not everyone wants Instagram eye makeup, but still want colour and variation. I have just got another brights palette in the form of Carnival by bPerfect and Stacey Marie MUA which is on another level of colour. The Urban Decay Full Spectrum to me is one of my go to’s for colours, quality and buttery smooth formulation that blends easily and is really easy to create looks that may be out of your comfort zone. I’ve used pinks and oranges for this look, with a slight touch of purple to deepen the crease, with shimmery orange tones to buff out. 

On the lid, I used my NARS Soft Matte Concealer to cut out my crease and to give a flat smooth base, before laying on the absolutely beautiful Pixi Fairy Lights in Crystalline. In a way, they are somewhat like the Stila Magnificent Metals which I am so fond of, but I find the formulation of Pixi a little different. I am going to go into a bit further in a post coming up so keep an eye out! As always, I have used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner which gives an intense black and super sharp wing with ease. For lashes, I have used the new Kiss Lashes Triple Push Ups in Bustier, which are a three layer lash with ultimate volume, length and curl. I adore them – they’re massive and perfect for my eye shape and I actually don’t feel like I have ginormous lashes on. To finish of my face, a quick dusting of the Benefit Gold Rush blusher before adding a few drops of the new Stila Magnificent Metals Highlighter in Monarch. Just like the Glitter and Glow shadows, the formulation give multi dimensional glitter and it a real wow factor. Don’t be scared of it, a little does go a long way for maximum drama and impact!

I do love creating these makeup looks and showing how the product looks on rather than just on a swatch so if there is anything that you would like to see, let me know! I’m so excited to share the new bPerfect palette with you soon! 

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Festival Makeup with Just My Look

Festival season is drawing to a close however the one event of the year that I look forward to like it’s Christmas is literally just days away. I’m talking about Manchester Pride and the four days of full on partying and being my fabulous self. I love the outfits that I choose to wear, the colours that I go for and of course, the makeup. I spend so much time on my makeup and anything goes. I’ve been playing with new products and having a practice run just in time for the big weekend and I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve come up with. 

I have found a new beauty destination in Just My Look. A site that contains some fantastic makeup brands such as Ben Nye, Kryolan and Mehron, as well as indie brands such as Jolie Beauty. Whilst browsing the site, I spotted the Jolie Beauty 35T Vivacious palette as well as two face products that I needed in my life. Free delivery meant that my new products landed on my doorstep in just a few days and I could get stuck in to create magic on my face. 

I haven’t tried Jolie Beauty before now, and although I’ve followed them on Instagram for an age, it has also taken me so much time to try the products. The Vivacious Palette has all of the bright colours that you could need, alongside a selection of ultra shimmers, glitters and neon shadows. I did find that the neon shades were quite staining and the neon pink was the only shade from the palette that made my eyes feel quite sore, however it was minimal and this has happened before with a Morphe palette. I think it is something in the ingredients that doesn’t agree me with. That being said, the brights are bright without having to work with a white underneath, the blend perfectly and don’t go muddy and the glitters are relatively easy to work with. 

On my skin I used the Jolie Beauty Uniglow 24k Gold Elixir and I legit felt like I should have been on a Instagram Video dripping serum across my face. The serum is really lovely and gives great hydration with an ethereal glow. Usually I would avoid putting an oil on my skin prior to makeup application, but with the Uniglow, I was really surprised in how it felt more like a dry oil and didn’t leave my skin feeling at all greasy. I was very tempted to purchase the Farsali oil but at £16.99, the Uniglow Elixir looks to be the same and is a fraction of the price. 

I’m an absolute sucker for anything with a unicorn on, it seems. So, the Jolie Beauty Unistrobe Liquid Illuminator dropped straight into my basket. I chose the shade Deity as the other darker shades were similar to the Iconic London Illuminating drops that I own, however in comparison, they are very different. The Unistrobe drops are a lot thicker and less metallic, but they have a great sheen to them that catches the light to give such a beautiful glow. A tiny amount is needed, and I prefer to buff them into the skin with a damp beauty blender for that elusive lit from within glow. 

A festival look is not complete without glitter face makeup, and The Gypsy Shrine have made it so easy for the ultimate in a glitter face by developing a genius product; the Gypsy Shrine Peel Off Glitter Glue. Even with just playing around with the glitter, being able to take it all off in one go is not only highly satisfying, but great for post party makeup removal. Using Peel Off Glitter Glue was really easy. I used a synthetic flat brush to brush on the glue, before adding Dark Unicorn chunky glitter and Unicorn Tears loose glitter. A final coat of Peel Off Glitter Glue across the top not only set it all together, but gave a barrier so it didn’t come loose.

I’m really pleased with how this practice run came out so I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can create on the big day! 

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