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A Mini Haul From Beauty Bay…

Posted on January 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’d never shopped with Beauty Bay before, so when they asked me to pick a few things I liked from their site, I jumped at the chance! What better way to discover brands I hadn’t tried before? Beauty Bay stock a massive range and brands and products, so it was really hard to narrow down my list, but in the end I went for a Missha BB cream, a Gerard lipstick and a Laura Gellar highlighter. All are brands I haven’t used before, so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try them!

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The Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in shade Underground (£11.50) isn’t the easiest colour to wear, I’ll happily admit that. I’m just instantly attracted to those autumnal browny 90’s shades we’re seeing everywhere at the moment. Underground is also verging on what you might call greige, but not quite. The shade in the bullet looks quite dark and intense, but it actually comes out a bit lighter than you’d expect which is slightly more forgiving on the complexion. Underground is a medium to full coverage lipstick, that’s creamy and comfortable to wear. I’d say its slightly drying, but this is nothing a good dose of lips balm won’t sort out. It’s also good to know that Gerard Cosmetics are a cruelty free brand too.

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MISSHA is one of those brands I’d heard of, but wasn’t really sure about their products. My initial thought is they were Eastern – maybe Korean, and I was right. I’d definitely come across them before when browsing Korean beauty sites.

The M Perfect Cover BB Cream (£17.50) appealed to me because I’m a big fan of BB creams. As much as I love foundations, BB’s just seems to look a bit more natural, and I love that you can quickly apply and rub them in with fingers when I’m in a rush in the morning.

I went for shade 21 Light Beige – which was a bit of a guess, as it is anywhere you purchase base colour products online without seeing them in the flesh. This shade is actually the opposite of what I expected. With many BB creams I’ve tried leaning towards the side of being quite intense (orangey) in colour, this is a very subdued, almost grey tinged shade.

It’s a lovely BB cream though, even though it’s not quite the right shade for me, it gives a gorgeous almost full coverage, dewy complexion, while feeling lightweight on the skin. It also includes SPF 42, and the formula is infused with Camomile Extract and Rosemary Extract to soothe and rejuvenate the skin whilst offering anti-inflammatory benefits and shielding against UV damage and environmental aggressors.

I think I might try mixing it with my Dior Hydralife BB, which is my absolute favourite, but the lightest shade 01 is slightly too ‘colourful’ for my pale skin. I think these two combined could be just perfect for me!

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And lastly the stunning Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Ballerina (£21.00).

Laura Geller is one of those brands I’ve heard about, but again I just hadn’t picked anything up from them. This highlighter though was just so pretty, I couldn’t resist. Ballerina is a lovely warm champagne colour with a hint of peach, and it’s as gorgeous to use as it is to look at.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator has a fabulous texture that’s kind of creamy, but applies to the face like a fine powder. Its gives the most gorgeous glowy highlight, that’s not shimmery or sparkly in any way. I think I may have just found my holy grail highlighter! 🙂

I also wanted to mention that Beauty Bay have just launched their brand new Makeup Map! Beauty Bay actually undertook an in-depth analysis of over half a million sales transactions across the UK, with the aim of highlighting women’s beauty trends up and down the country. Take a look at the map to see the results!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Contour Palette

Posted on August 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a while, but one of my favourite budget brands is back on the blog today with one of their latest brand new products! Makeup Revolution have been pumping out products left right and centre for quite a while now, then more recently all of a sudden they went pretty quiet. So it was fantastic to have a brand new product land on my doorstep last week (and I’ve actually had another one arrive yesterday) so they’re definitely back in the game again!

The Ultra Contour Palette is Makeup Revolution’s complete contouring and highlighting palette solution. It includes eight brand new shades promising perfect contouring and sculpting, whilst including two gorgeous baked highlighters for illumination.

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Instantly, this palette reminds me of the Blush Contour Palette in Golden Sugar – which obviously has more blush shades, but the very left top and bottom highlighters appear to be the same ones in the Ultra Contour Palette. I’ve checked the description and it definitely says ‘8 new shades’ in the Ultra Contour Palette though… hmmm!

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Ok so let’s take a look at the palette. It includes eight pans, four of which are lighter, highlight shades, three are darker, contour shades, and there’s one shade that’s a bit of an anomaly – is it a contour? Is it a highlighter? A bronzer?? From the swatches that you’ll see below, I think this could either be used as a light bronzer, or a highlighter depending on your skin tone.

The first two highlighter shades are a pale peachy pink, and a pale muted yellow, and both have a matte finish. The next pan is a very similar pale pink to the first, but this one also gives a lovely soft luminous sheen, and lastly the baked highlight on the top far right, this is a beautiful silver colour with gold veins running through.

The bottom row contains three matte contour shades, the first and the third shade are very similar, and the second shade is slightly lighter – which is perfect for me! The last pan is another gorgeous luminous shade, this is just the right shade for a flush of colour on my pale skin 🙂

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I just wanted to include a close up of the far right two pans, because they’re so pretty! Above is the silver highlight and below is the luminous bronzer / highlight.

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And let’s take a look at some swatches!

Because I’m super pale, unfortunately you can’t see the first two highlighter shades too well on my arm. Personally, I prefer the last two, luminous highlighter shades just because they actually show up on my skin! The first two matte shades could still work really well on darker skin tones if you’re looking to highlight without shimmer.

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And here are the contour shades. I found the second shade best for me when it comes to contouring as this was slightly lighter and cooler than the other two matte shades and definitely suited me more. I think the darker shades could work really well on the right skin tones, whereas others may find them to be a bit too reddy. Overall though, this is a fantastic little palette, all the shades are finely milled and have an almost buttery soft texture that is lovely to work with and apply, plus it’s a complete bargain at only £8.00!

The Ultra Contour Palette is available now at Superdrug.

I’d love to hear what your favourite contour products are? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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