Heya, I just thought I would share a few thoughts on a couple of highlighters and some swatches so that you can see before you buy obviously its very hard to get exact colour matches with photos & i’m doing it with my phone so I will try my best to get the lighting right!
Lets get straight to it!
Barry M Liquid chromes I did a review on these a while ago.. I have 2 Precious Pearl & Beam Me Up. I really do enjoy using these plus the advantage of Barry M being cruelty free! I do find that they take a little bit of coverage off when used over makeup but I don’t mind as its such a pretty sheen left on your face! I have had mine a while and they have gone a bit thick but they do still work and blend out well! One of my favourite ways to use this is to mix it in with my sunscreen or moisturiser as a base!
NYX Strobe of genius illuminating palette, I really wanted this palette and was so excited when I got it! The bottom three big pans are really great and super shimmery and look beautiful its a Shame I managed to smash one of them! The smaller pans are a little more subtle, the yellow/gold shade being the least dramatic, though it works well as a eyeshadow as well and looks super pretty so i’m not complaining. Honestly think I just love anything shimmery its a lovely palette and has multi use properties!
Nars The Veil Cheek Palette, this was a gift and I love itttt. The highlight in this palette is Surreal and it is a gorgeous highlight and I use this so much! It looks so nice you can literally use this as a blush if your into that, it looks so pretty even on my pale skin you can blend it out nicely.
That is actually it! I find it useful having multiple colours in a palette & I love all my products so much.
I love these lipsticks. I’m not normally a lipstick person but these caught my eye after I had tried a butter gloss. I love the colours these come in and I will definitely expand my collection. I do favour 2 out of the 3, it may be that pink is a little out of my comfort zone but I find myself using sandcastle & fire brick more. The packaging is smooth and sleek in my eyes, its eye-catching to so it will be easy to find in my handbag!
These lipsticks go on smoothly and last a long time without drying my lips out. I doubt they would last all day with out a top up though.
Overall I really like this product & I would recommend it to anyone.
Here are a few things that are important to remember this summer for your skins sake!
Wear sunscreen. We want to prevent any early ageing don’t we? Please don’t forget how damaging the sun is to your skin put on a decent sunscreen before you go outside!
Moisturise! When the weather changes from cold to warm or warm to cold it can take a toll on your in. Its key to keep you skin nice, soft & hydrated with a summery smelling moisturiser.
Get a facial mist! I have the Vitamin E Hydrating mist from Superdrug. I love it so much it keeps me cool & hydrates my skin plus it doesn’t seem to upset my makeup to much even though it contains oil. There are so many different types out there here are a few links.
Dont forget to wash your face at night. Its hot and we are all sweaty, no doubt we will be sweating twice as much as usual so may be prone to more spots. So don’t forget to take off your makeup at night.
Dont forget your lips! Not only do we need SPF on our skin we need it on our lips too, think how horrible it will be if you got burnt lips!
Wear a hat. Scalps are super sensitive and if your planning on being out all day it would be wise to wear a hat of some sort. Just like lips having a burnt scalp isn’t pleasant.
I recently have tried to find a new concealer up to my standards that is budget…
What I purchased was…
~Revolution Pro Full Cover Camouflage Concealer
~MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal in Peach
-MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal in Yellow
In my picture below I am used the MUA Peach under my eyes, under a layer of Revolution Pro FCCC. I set these concealers with the Revolution Pro Pressed Finishing Powder.
Overall I am pretty impressed with the way my skin looks after application, I did notice that the Revolution Pro FCCC was a tad sticky on my fingers and I could kind of feel it on my face as well. The peach toned MUA concealer really helps in counteracting my dark circles & the RP FCCC was full coverage enough to hide my spots and scars on my chin and brightened up my under eye area as well.
I didn’t find that the concealers finished matte which can sometimes be good, as some dry way to fast, though I have the opposite problem, mine didn’t seem to completely set. Please bear in mind it has been very hot lately and I am a sweaty person so it could have actually been too hot when I was applying my makeup but I don’t tend to have that problem with other concealers.
I will take a photo at the end of the day and you can make up for yourself how you think this concealer has lasted. I am not going to do any top ups of anything because I wouldn’t normally! After yoga still a bit sweaty the coverage has worn slightly but overall it’s still there! Creasing under my eyes makes me feel a little self conscious but I’ve learnt to ignore it and it does stop over time.. I don’t think it looks too bad at the end of the day apart from the coverage, my skin looks quite glowy. It’s been really hot today though..
I really enjoy the coverage of these concealers but I didn’t like how the actually felt on my face. I think it looked good from far away & about arms distance but I really wasn’t 100% on what I looked like close up! I don’t think I will re purchase but I will use these up before I purchase another.
Ah cool, so I got a bit carried away on amazon & eBay one day and decided I wanted to make my own coloured lip balms so I bought Mica powder(I used rose gold), Shea butter, Beeswax & I already had coconut oil at home.
I used a small microwavable container that I didn’t need anymore and popped the beeswax in there to melt down once that had melted added the shea butter and coconut oil! Once this has all melted and been mixed together I added a little mica powder in the colour of choice ( I found out the hard way that thick glittery ones don’t come out so great) and mixed into a pot with a cocktail stick. Once I was happy it was thoroughly mixed I popped it in the fridge to set, it sets pretty quickly but to be sure I left mine in for over a hour… Yay all done, now I have homemade natural lip balm!
No I don’t have actual measurements, I kinda just guessed it which isn’t the way to do it online there is a special formulation that i’m sure you can find and make it properly but I am happy with what I made and the colour is amazing!
My rough guide to what I did was kind of do it in 1/4 haha so very helpful!
So I usually use Bourjois radiance reveal concealer but found this and I used to love it at my old job so thought I would try it again today.
The packaging is fine I prefer concealers with a spongey brush thing for ease of application so this is great for that, the orange lid is eye catching so I don’t lose it in my bag.
The concealer in its self, doesn’t have that much coverage, it’s fine when I’ve applied foundation and just need to brighten that extra bit under my eyes but as I only wear concealer to work now, I don’t feel like my dark circles and hidden all that well! The light reflecting particles do there job and I can see a difference when I apply it but it’s not dramatic enough for me!
This concealer will probably work for someone that doesn’t have as dark under eye circles as me, and someone that doesn’t need as much coverage over all!
I do prefer my Bourjois concealer over this though cause I like the finish better so I doubt I will re purchase this. I’m glad I found it though as I do need to work through my makeup collection for things that don’t work for me
Packaging- NYX Total Control foundation comes in a glass dropper bottle which looks smart and feels good quality.
Coverage- The coverage is light but can be built up, it’s very easy to layer up but I feel like it’s best not to go past medium coverage or it may cake if there is any dry skin. I still need concealer with this foundation which is fine!
Finish- The finish of Total Control is matte but I apply mine with a damp beauty blender which gives me more of a glowy natural finish.
Consistency- This foundation is very liquidy! Almost like water which gives a light feeling on my face.
Longevity- For me it lasts all day. I don’t have a very active job though so it lasts a 9 hour shift but if I was lifting and moving stock, I am sure I would be very shiny half way through the day, though I don’t set my foundation with powder so if I get a bit sweaty that’s bound to happen anyway!
Overall I may purchase this product again but there are so many foundations out there to try before I repurchase this!
Packaging & application- I love being able to draw my makeup on my face it’s so convenient in a twist up stick packaging, it is plastic and looks great for a couple of days but its been in my makeup bag for a while now and it looks pretty rough. All I do is draw a line on both cheeks and blend with my beauty blender and it takes seconds!
Durability- I feel like at the end of the day I am looking rather pasty again, I don’t think it lasts longer than 6 hours but this may last longer if it was set with some sort of powder but I don’t…
Finish- The reason why I don’t set this with powder is cause I like the finish of the cream product it’s matte but your skin still glows through which looks lovely and natural.
Consistency- This is a thick cream stick products that doesn’t feel oil & definitely not drying on my skin, glides on smoothly and blend wonderfully.
I will definitely be repurchasing these I love them so much! I want them in all the different colours!
Description- for those that want supercharged shine. This antioxidant rich shampoo removes pollutants, sweat & build up to reveal super reflective shine. The conditioner loaded with anti oxidants & vitamins gives you dazzling results. Maintains healthy hair & helps protect against uv & thermal damage
My thoughts- I love this shampoo & can’t wait to try a different version of it. My hair is curly/wavy has been coloured and bleached quite a bit so can look quite damaged if I don’t look after it.
I have been using these since NYE 17 so a couple of months and oh my god my hair has never felt softer. I can’t really claim it removes pollutants as I don’t know if the shampoo actually does that but it most definitely removes build up and sweat. My hair feels super clean once I’ve lathered and rinsed. I found I didn’t need a lot to get a decent lather which is a positive in my book! My hair didn’t feel knotty after shampooing which happens to me quite a bit. My only negative is that my hair colour faded quickly compared to what I’m used to but I am using a new hair colour too, Pravana Vivids violet, so I don’t know if it’s just this colour that doesn’t last as long as I’m used too but it’s no biggy.
The conditioner, I love this too, my hair hasn’t felt so soft in ages. After years of bleach and heat damage I decided to give my hair a break this year eg no heat challenges & wearing protective styles and this has helped massively. My hair doesn’t need anything to untangle or smooth or smooth after this, it makes my hair very shines compared to how it was & smells lovely!
Overall I love this shampoo and conditioner set & cant wait to try and experiment with their other products
Barry M Beam Me Up is a light gold based highlight which gives an intense glow! I purchased this at my local Superdrug.
Packaging- Once again with the dropper bottles. I love these it makes it easier to get the right amount aka not to much! It’s smooth, sleek and feels heavy & good quality.
Coverage – This highlight is intense! I used 1 and a half drops mixed with my foundations & my whole face glows. If I used more than this I feel like it may be to much for me. This is great cause it means you don’t have to use much product which means the bottle will last longer!
Finish – ‘Beam me up’ has a gorgeous shine which glows so bright whenever lights hit it, whilst this is mixed with my foundation it gives me a wonderful natural glow & which other people have mentioned and I feel like my skin has never looked so bright!
Consistency – This is very liquidy and a little siliconey which means it’s a dream to blend, I mean I honestly think my foundation blends better with it. This highlight helps my routine keep short and sweet without have to blend for ages!
Longevity – Even mixed with my foundation this glow lasts all day on my face I haven’t noticed any patches or movement in my makeup since wearing this. It doesn’t seem to noticeably settle in to pores either.
Overall I would repurchase this again, maybe next time a different colour. I really love this & use it every time I wear foundation. I definitely recommend this if you love it when your skin glows!
This mascara! I bought it in super drug but this is a repurchase I used to wear this all the time in college & I loved it then. It gives me a full lash I sometimes don’t even wear liner cause I love the way it makes my lashes look. Though you do have to beware of clumping but after brushing through then they look clump free and full & it does sometimes help to wipe some product off the applicator.
The packaging is bright pink with silver writing which is eye catching to me. The brush is one of the harder ones with loads of bristles which helps it go on clump free. It says on the tube smudge & smear proof which is somewhat true but it does take a while to dry. So try not to sneeze!
I will repurchase! Yes i would recommend if you were looking for a cheap decent mascara!
My go to makeup is usually something that is quick, looks pretty and lasts long. I find these eyeshadow sticks do all three for me! I do use a eyeshadow primer though but these last all day. I love the fact they are pencils so they’re easy to use and so convenient and small so they don’t take up room in your bag!
I recommend these eyeshadow sticks for people who like pretty colours and not spending to much time on their makeup!