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QVC Tili (Try It, Love It) Beauty Box #TiliBeauty

Posted on July 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re not melting too much in the heatwave? I definitely am! 🙂

I have a brand new and really rather awesome beauty box to share with your today – this is QVC’s TILI box…

TILI stands for Try It, Love It, and the idea is that the box includes luxury samples of some of QVC’s most popular beauty products, giving customers the opportunity to test out new launches from the brands you love, as well as discovering the brands you never knew you needed. It contains QVC’s beauty buyers favourite picks, across skincare, make-up, tanning and body care, and full size versions of all the products in the box are also available at QVC to purchase.

I should point out that there isn’t a subscription service, but there will be a new box available every 3 months. Each box will cost £20.00 and the products will be different each month, with the next box being available in October.

So let’s take a look at what’s included –

  • Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, full size worth £8.95.
  • Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner, 89ml each, worth £5.34 each.
  • Vita Librata Phenomenal Mousse, 25ml, worth £6.25.
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold, 50ml, worth £16.75.
  • Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, 50ml, worth £6.00.
  • BareMinerals Skincare Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion, 7.5ml, worth £8.33.
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter, 6ml, worth £5.62.

Total value of box = £62.58.

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On first impression I’m really impressed with the contents of the first TILI box. QVC have included some amazing high end brands, as well as covering a range of beauty including skincare, hair care and makeup. Let’s take a closer look at the products –

Alpha H Liquid gold: Arealy a cult product, this powerful revitalising lotion is designed to help dull, tired and ageing skin appear brighter, as well as improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vita Librata Phenomenal Mousse: This self-tanning mousse is fast-drying and is designed to last for up to two to three weeks – which really is amazing! It also has a tailored-to-you formula allowing you to choose your desired level of colour.

BareMinerals Skincare Skinlongevity Vital power Infusion: This first-of-its-kind modern serum essence by bareMinerals unleashes your skin’s vitality, youthful resilience and radiance. With the brand’s patented Long Life Herb Extract at its core, this formula leaves your skin feeling empowered, renewed and fortified.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter: This is another must-have cult product, due to the recent popularity of the Becca brand – it’s also been on my wish list for a while so I’m really pleased to find this in the box! The Becca Backlight Priming Filter acts as an instant filter on the skin, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look. It’s also infused with Becca’s blend of crushed pearls, giving the complexion a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow.

Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers: A classic shade that all nail enthusiasts will be aware of – Ballet slippers is a beautiful pale pink polish with a subtle, sheer finish. This beloved award-winning essential is an iconic colour for all seasons.

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Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner: This shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for re-balancing and hydrating dry or damaged hair. They contain 100% pure elastin protein and a precious caviar complex to help restore the hair’s natural protective barrier, leaving hair balanced and flexible.

Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water: This refreshing and clarifying micellar water effectively cleanses the skin, removing make-up and the daily build-up of skin pollutants. Cleansing micelles are combined with a complex of natural surfactants to lift impurities from the skin, revealing a clear, radiant complexion.

I have to say I’m really impressed with QVC’s first TILI box. I think the price is fantastic considering the brands included as well as the decent sizes of the luxury samples. This is definitely a must have for beauty box fans!

The QVC July TILI Beauty Box is available from 22/07/16 at QVC.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted March 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on March 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend?

The latest box from Cohorted has just landed this week, and as usual I can’t wait to see what’s inside! Let’s take a look –

  • theBalm Nude Tude Palette, worth £30.00
  • PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, worth £14.50
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square, worth £5.95
  • Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush, worth £14.50
  • theBalm Put A Lid on It Primer, 3.7ml sample worth £3.00

Total value of box – £67.95

Ok so this is a pretty decent looking box! The main product here has to be the theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette – this is a gorgeous palette, and I should mention that it was actually also included in September’s box too, as well as the Put A Lid on It primer sample – so if you’re a regular monthly subscriber who received that box you may be disappointed to receive the same products again this month. If you didn’t receive September’s box though, I think this is a fantastic palette packed with every day neutral shades, and it will be very well received.

Next we have the Bare Minerals Heveanly Face Brush, which is another product I thought I’d seen before. I double checked this and found it was in fact included in April’s box last year. Again it’s a fab little face brush and I have no complaints at all about the product itself, but those that picked up April’s box may be a bit disappointed to see the same product again.

We also have a Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square in here, which is quite an interesting shade. It’s kind of a warm light caramel, and it’s also a cream shade so there’s no sparkle or shimmer here. I think this is a bit of a marmite colour where some will love it and some won’t be quite so keen on it.

And lastly the PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, now I’m sure this should have been in last month’s box, but it was replaced for me with a Dove product. I don’t have the booklet from last months box any more though so I can’t check. I’ve also just had a quick look through Twitter and it would seem that everyone received the Dove product rather than the PIXI pencil last month. Maybe Cohorted had stock issues and it was supposed to be in last months’ box? I don’t know. Either way I’m really glad I have it now – I love PIXI products and this is a fantastic multi purpose duo pencil which can be used as an eyeliner or smudged out over the lid as an eyeshadow.

So overall, I think this box is a bit hit and miss. If you haven’t purchased any of the other boxes I’ve mentioned above, then I think most customers will really be pretty pleased with March’s offerings. Personally though I do feel it’s a bit disappointing seeing products repeated. I’d love to know if you have this box and what you think of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted November Beauty Box | Review

Posted on November 11, 2015

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Hi Guys!

November’s Cohorted Box has just landed, and as expected, it’s full of fantastic beauty and skincare products…

  • Cargo Cosmetics The Essentials Eyeshadow Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Laura Mercier The Flawless Facebook Palette in Nude, worth £38.00.
  • Bare Minerals Instant Eye Reviver, worth £6.99.
  • Nails Inc polish in Chelsea Flower Show, worth £11.00.
  • Nails Inc polish in Colville Mews, worth £11.00.
  • Chloe Eau De Parfum for Her, 5ml vial, value n/a.

Total value of box – £101.99

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The Cargo palette is easily the stand out product here, and Cohorted seem to be quite the fan of Cargo as this is the third palette I’ve received in their boxes! Their eyeshadows are fantastic and I’m so glad I found their brand through Cohorted – I may not have discovered them otherwise!

The Essentials Eyeshadow palette contains muted neutral matte and shimmer shades, in variations of greys, browns and peaches. It’s influenced by the hues of urban architecture, and also contains a dual-ended eyeshadow brush. This has some great every day shades in it that are lovely to use and through previous experience I know they last all day. I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this palette!

The next palette is the Laura Mercier Flawless Facebook Palette, this contains a creme tinted moisturiser compact, a mineral pressed powder, two shades of secret camouflage, a secret concealer and a camouflage brush. This set would be perfect to throw in your makeup bag instead of carrying around a load of cover up products, or if you just want to travel light. My only issue with this set though would be that it’s not going to suit everyone’s skin tone.

I love Nails Inc polishes, and the two beauties included in this month’s box are no exception. Colville Mews is a lovely light nude beige shade – I love nude nails so I’m really happy with this. I think the other shade, Chelsea Flower Show is a bit of a ‘marmite’ colour, meaning some people will love it and some will not be so keen. Personally I think it’s great!

The Bareminerals Instant Eye Reviver is one of the most interesting products I’ve come across in a while. Firstly, the bottle felt empty, so I initially thought I may have received a dud. But nope, this little bottle actually contains a powder, with the strangest texture ever. You’re advised to pat the product under the eyes gently, and as soon as you touch it, it disappears and has almost a silicone primer feel on the skin. I don’t feel like this gives me instant results, but I’ll see if it makes any difference in time.

And lastly it was nice of Cohorted to throw in an extra sample, this time it was a 1.2ml vial of Chloe EDP, which is a lovely fresh floral fragrance.

Did you pick up November’s box? I’d love to hear if you have any of these products too!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Cohorted October Beauty Box | Review

Posted on October 29, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s time again for another Cohorted beauty box, this month there’s a fantastic selection of products covering makeup, skincare and nails –

  • bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser, 60ml worth £5.08
  • bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Cream, 30ml worth £16.20
  • Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Mascara, worth £14.50
  • Ciate Paint Pot Nail Polish in Serendipity, worth £9.00
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Ligloss in Hypnotist, worth £16.00

Total value of box – £60.78.

Ok so clearly this box is pretty bareMinerals heavy – I love bareMinerals products though so I don’t really mind!

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Let’s take a look at the rather amazing Marvelous Moxie lip gloss from bareMinerals first. The shade is called Hypnotist, and it’s a highly iridescent gloss that changes colour depending how you look at it, much like an oil slick! It has a bright yellow base, which changes to pink and purple in the light. Now this shade is clearly not going to be for everyone, but with a light touch, this gives a lovely sheen to the lips and can be worn on its own or over lipstick.

There’s also a bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser, and Purely Nourishing Cream in this month’s box. I really like bareMinerals skincare products, simply because they do the job, and they agree with my sensitive skin!

The Purely Nourishing Cream is specifically made for dry skin, so it’s perfect for my less than hydrated complexion. I imagine I’ll get a lot of use out of this in the coming winter months. It sinked into the skin really quickly and left my face feeling deeply nourished. This is a winner in my books!

The Purifying Facial Cleanser is a lightly scented daily cleanser that’s perfect for removing makeup and impurities from the skin. As expected, this does exactly what it’s supposed to, it’s a good little product that removes makeup and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

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The next product which caught my eye is the rather pretty Ciate Paint Pot in Serendipity. This is a beautifully fine rose pink coloured glitter that’s suspended in a clear base. This would look gorgeous on top of a dark pink shade 🙂

And lastly, the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For The Mascara. Now this mascara, I like! It has a fairly short bristled rubber brush, which is perfect for my short lashes. I often find I manage to make a complete mess with larger brushes! This mascara is definitely better for volume than length, so don’t expect massively exaggerated lashes. It’s a great product for every day use though.

Overall I’m really pleased with this box! I’d love to hear if you picked up this month’s box, and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted August Beauty Box | Review

Posted on August 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend so far? We’ve been having lots of family fun this week, and I’m extra happy because the latest box from Cohorted has just landed on my doorstep, yay! This month’s box contains a lovely selection of products, including skincare, makeup and beauty accessories…

  • Bare Minerals BareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper, worth £15.00
  • Laura Geller Baked Impressions Duo Eyeshadow in Fine Wines, worth £15.00
  • Bare Minerals Soft Focus Face Brush, worth £20.00
  • Cargo Eye Colour Quad Palette in Bermuda, worth £10.00
  • Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Body Cream (30ml), worth £4.00

Total value = £64.00

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Ok so the first product to jump out at me is definitely the Cargo Palette. The Eye Colour Quad in Bermuda is a really good size, with four large square pans and a full size mirror. The shadows all have a shimmer finish, and come in a range of warm neutral shades including a light olive green with gold sparkly flecks, a mid brown with the slightest hint of sparkle, a lighter shimmery brown, and a pretty pinkish brown with gold sparkly flecks. Cargo eyeshadows are always really good quality, and this palette is no exception, I’ll definitely be getting some use out of these shades!

Next is the Laura Geller Baked Impressions Eyeshadow Duo in Fine Wines – I’ve been wanting to try Laura Geller products for a while now so I was excited to find this in the box! The lid of this eyeshadow has a tiny half mirror on the inside, personally I’d rather get rid of the clear section on the lid and have a full size mirror that’s easier to use. The shadows though are gorgeous, both shades have a matte finish, and there’s a muted light pink shade, and a dark greyish purple included, with a pretty embossed pattern on top. Both shadows are super soft and finely milled, I love the purple shade especially 🙂

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that Bare Minerals products are a popular choice with the Cohorted crew. There was a Heavenly Face Brush in the April box, and a Pure Transformation Night Treatment in the March box. So if you’re a fan of Bare Minerals, you’re in for a treat with August’s box, as there are two products included this month, including a Skin Rev-ver Upper skin primer and a Soft Focus Face Brush. Bare Minerals brushes really are fantastic quality, and the Soft Focus Face Brush is just lovely to use. The bristles are soft and flexible, and this brush is perfect for applying Bare Minerals’ Mineral Veil and All Over Face Colours. The Skin Rev-ver Upper is a primer designed to rejuvenate your complexion like a daily multivitamin supplement, with the added benefits of glycolic and salicylic acids to prepare skin for flawless makeup application.

And lastly the Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Body Cream. I LOVE Molton Brown products, I have a few of their shower gels that I like to throw in the bath like there’s no tomorrow, but I haven’t tried any of their moisturisers before. The Yuan Zhi scent is a beautiful, relaxing fragrance with ylang-ylang, rose and vanilla, to soothe the senses. I’ll be trying this out after my bath tonight!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Five Finishing Powders To Try

Posted on May 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

In my opinion, finding a finishing face powder is always going to be problematic if you have anything other than ‘normal’ skin. If you tend to have an oily complexion you’re going to want a powder to prevent shine, but I have the opposite problem, I have dry skin – particularly around my eyebrows (I used to have eczema in one of my eyebrows as a child, which I’m sure is a contributing factor) also my forehead and around my nose can be pretty dry too. So I need a product that isn’t going to emphasise any dry areas, and also one that doesn’t dry my skin out further. Of course I look after my skin, I moisturise, exfoliate and do as much as I can to keep it in good condition, but if you suffer from dry skin you’ll know no matter why you do, it just seems to keep coming back!

So today I thought I’d share with you a selection of finishing powders I’ve been trying out recently, they range from £2.00 to £24.00, so let’s see which comes out on top!

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First up is the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil (£21.00) Now this, I love. I was initially a bit wary of this powder at first, I thought surely it’s just going to dry my skin out further and make it look worse? But Bare Mineral’s Mineral Veil is actually fantastic for dryer skins. It doesn’t contain anything that will dry or dehydrate the skin further, and because it has a super light texture, it’s easy to wear without feeling ‘caked on’. Mineral Veil helps to minimise lines, absorb any oils, and just gives your complexion a flawless finish – it’s also completely translucent so it will suit any skin tone. I’ve got a dinky little brush with mine that’s perfect for carrying around in my makeup bag. You only need the tiniest amount of product, quickly buff it into the skin and you’re done! I love that this is so quick and easy to apply.

Since buying this, Bare Minerals also have a few more options available, including Tinted, Illumination and Hydrating Mineral Veils. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried any of these, and how they compare to the original. Please do let me know!

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Next is the bargain of the bunch – Makeup Revolution Translucent Pressed Powder £2.00. TWO POUNDS I tell you! That really is ridiculously cheap! Anyway this little compact comes with a handy flat sponge applicator slotted into the back for easy application, it promises to even out your complexion, reduce shine, and set your makeup. I found the formula of this powder is actually pretty good considering the price, to be honest I wasn’t expecting much for £2.00, but it’s actually a nice little powder that’s soft and feels comfortable on the skin. On my ‘normal’ skin areas it was fine, but I probably would’t recommend it if you have dryer skin as it didn’t sit so well on my forehead. Also, this is supposed to be translucent, but it actually came out quite dark on my super fair skin so unfortunately I don’t think this product is for me.

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer Pressed Powder (£24.00) As you probably know, I love Too Faced’s products, I’ve only recently tried their Cocoa Powder Foundation which I loved, so I couldn’t wait to put their Poreless Face Primer Powder to the test! I have a real problem with visible pores on my nose, a few around my nose, and also on my chin, so I’m always keen on trying any product that claims it will get rid of / tighten / cover them / erase them forever. The Poreless Face Primer Powder is quite the multi-tasker, it can be worn under foundation as a primer, on-top of makeup as a setting powder or alone for a natural finish. It promises that either way, you’ll still banish the appearance of pores and achieve a stunning, soft-focus look. It’s been formulated to minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections and it’s infused with vitamins A, C & E for antioxidant benefits and Mulberry Extract for a brightening effect.

So how did this fare up? Well the powder itself has a super soft feel, and it comes with a cute mini powder puff and internal mirror which is handy for application on the go. Personally I prefer to dust this on with a brush, as I always seem to be a bit too heavy handed with the powder puff and end up looking quite white! This powder does actually seem to hide the appearance of enlarged pores – it didn’t completely disguise them but it definitely made them less obvious, and left my skin with a lovely smooth finish.

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And lastly we have the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($34.00) and the NYX HD Finishing Powder (£9.50) I’ve put these two guys together because they’re so similar.

So if we start off with the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, this costs about £22.50 from Sephora (so also consider import fees if you want to buy) and at the moment I can’t see that it’s available in the UK – but please do let me know if I’m wrong. This little pot of powder has actually won three awards which is impressive in itself, it’s again a translucent powder that’s to be applied over foundation or worn alone. It’s made of 100 percent-mineral silica and sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin, it also softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores and completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look.

Now I love this powder, it’s easily the most finely milled of the bunch, when I dabbed my finger in it I actually couldn’t feel the powder on my skin because it was so fine! One one hand I have to say I prefer pressed powders for convenience, but I think this definitely wouldn’t have the same effect if it was in pressed form. This is a fantastic powder for buffing over foundation to give a flawless finish, and it leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft to the touch.

So lastly I have the NYX HD Finishing Powder. At less than half the price of the MUFE powder, I was really surprised by how similar they are. Yes you do get less product (6g vs 10g) but it’s less than half the price of the MUFE powder and yet very much the same thing. This is also 100% pure mineral silica powder, and basically does the same job as the Makeup Forever powder. The texture feels the same and the finish is the same on the skin. So if you’re thinking of going for the MUFE HD powder, I’d definitely recommend you check out NYX first!

Apart from the Makeup Revolution powder, which was actually pretty good for the price, just not suited to my skin, I’m actually impressed with all of these products so it’s really hard to choose a favourite! I’ld love to hear what you think? Do you have a favourite finishing powder?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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