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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

This post contains press samples

The Weekly Top 5 #3

Posted on April 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s the end of another week already, and I can’t believe this is my third Weekly Top 5! This week I’ve been on a complete health kick, I’m feeling positive and focussed and I’ve been eating well and exercising ALL WEEK. Unfortunately I haven’t seen any weight come off yet, which is a bit disappointing, so I’m just assuming I’m putting on muscle! Here’s the run down of this week’s favourites –

Beautylab Instant Renewal Eye Complex (£28.00) – I’ve just started using this new eye cream from Beauty Lab with the hope that it will improve the general appearance of my eye area. It promises to lift and restore the delicate eye area, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkes. Luckily I don’t have any actual wrinkles as yet, but the fine lines are just starting to appear, as well as puffy eye bags which I’ve suffered from for a long time, so I’m hoping this product will tackle them too. It’s too early for results to show as yet, but time will tell!

NYX Butter Lip Glosses (£5.00) I have a few Butter Glosses which I’ve had for a while, but I’ve found myself reaching for the Apple Strudel shade quite a lot this week. It’s such a pretty spring peach that’s easy to wear and helps brighten the complexion. I love peaches and corals for spring so I’ll hopefully be featuring some more of these shades on the blog soon.

Years & Years. Since being lucky enough to get Saturday tickets to Radio One’s One Big Weekend in Norwich, I’ve been looking into which bands are playing. I’m so out of the loop with music at the moment I literally have no clue about who’s who, so I’ve been browsing youtube looking up all the acts so I at least have some sort of idea, and I’ve decided that Years & Years are officially my new favourite band! Check them out on Youtube, and you can also pre-order their album which is out in June.

Double Chocolate Virtue Bars (£8.99 per box) I’ve been really focussing on fitness and eating well this week and I have a few food bits from My Protien to help me on my way. I’ve been absolutely loving their Double Chocolate Virtue Bars, they’re basically a quick and convenient snack bar that’s high in protein and fibre and less than 95 calories per bar. It’s a great way to satisfy my chocolate craving without undoing the good work I’ve done so far.

Boujies Candle in Pink Pomelo (£16.00) – This sweet little candle arrived last week too, and I’ve been lighting it every day since. Boujies create 100% natural wax candles, blended with their unique blend of essential oils and fine fragrances. This one – Pink Pomelo is a clean and crisp citrus blend, described as ‘a sparkling and uplifting citrus fragrance with top notes of yuzu, grapefruit, sweet lemon and effervescent pink pomelo. Lifting from a bright floral heart of jasmine blossom, elderflower and muguet, gently resting on a musky base of amber infused with a twist of white tea’. This fragrance is light, bright and beautifully refreshing.

This post contains press samples.

My Top Picks For Valentine’s Bright Lips

Posted on February 12, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a gorgeous face of makeup and a bright statement lip? (Oh and preferably a nice meal, flowers, chocolates, perfume – I could go on…) You may have noticed that I love bold colours when it comes to lips so I thought I’d put together a little selection of some lovely lippies to inspire you…

1. Sleek Lip 4 Palette in Mardi Gras – £8.99 from Sleek Makeup

Sleek are one of my favourite budget beauty brands, and their lip products are some of the best around. Their 4 Lip Palette in Mardi Gras contains four amazingly bright lip shades – my personal favourite is the purple! It’s only £8.99 too which is a complete bargain!

2. Too Faced Melted Lipstick in melted Ruby – £19.00 at Debenhams

Too Faced’s Melted Lipsticks have to be one of my favourite ever lipstick formulas. With super high pigmentation these lipsticks appear perfectly opaque, and have the added bonus of not drying out the lips – and they also don’t transfer and last for literally hours on end. Too Faced now have quite a large shade range but I love Melted Ruby especially for a gorgeous perfect red Valentine’s lip.

3. Kiko Heartbreaker Makeup pouch and lip product set – £12.90 from Kiko Cosmetics

Kiko Cosmetics are offering a fantastic deal for Valentine’s day and beyond. Until 28th February you can purchase their exclusive Valentine’s Day Set for the bargain price of £12.90 (rather than £16.30) The set consists of –

  • A Heartbreaker mini makeup bag with a bright pink glossy finish.
  • A Smart Lipstick of your choice. This is a rich and nourishing lipstick with an instant and ultra silky glide. I have 912 which is a lovely intense pink shade.
  • A Smart Lip Pencil of your choice. This is a creamy and blendable lip pencil with an intense, high-coverage line. I have 706 which is the perfect partner for the lipstick!

4. NYX Matte Lipsticks in 08 Pure Red and 18 Bloody Mary – £6.00 from NYX Cosmetics

I do love a matte lip, especially in bright colours, so at only £6.00 these NYX lippies will do the job without breaking the bank. Bloody Mary is a bright slightly pink toned red which will easily suit any skin tone, and Pure Red is a super bright slightly orange toned red, which is great for a more daring look!

5. MAC Lipstick in Impassioned – £15.50 from MAC Cosmetics

And of course, this wouldn’t be a lipstick post with out at least one MAC would it!? Impassioned is a lovely fuchsia shade with a super opaque and creamy Amplified finish that doesn’t make lips dry or uncomfortable in any way. I love this colour and could easily wear this lipstick every day.

Are you a fan of bright lipstick? I’d love to hear your favourites!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Ten Beauty Brands I Want To Try in 2015

Posted on December 28, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well we’re now approaching the end of 2014 and I’ve been looking through all the amazing products (and some not so amazing) that I’ve tried out this year, and I realised there are still quite a few big brands I haven’t had the opportunity to try out yet. Whether it’s simply due to price, availability or any other reason I just haven’t got round to buying them. So I fought I’d put together a wish list of all the brands I’d really like to get my mitts on in 2015…

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1. Emma Hardie. I’ve heard so many good things about Emma Hardie Skincare, it’s pretty expensive though so I’ve never gone ahead and bought anything. It turns out luckily I didn’t, as I was recently informed of a Grazia magazine subscription offer where they were giving away an amazing Emma Hardie set when you signed up, so of course I signed up straight away! I’m afraid this offer has ended now but it’s always worth keeping an eye out, some sub offers really are fantastic deals! I’ll write up the full details when the parcel arrives!

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2. Sunday Riley – a not so well known, high end brand, which has recently been thrust into the limelight after Zoella’s mention of their Good Genes Treatment in her October Favourites Vlog. And I have to say Good Genes does really sound pretty amazing (as does their selection of face oils pictured above) but at £85.00 a bottle, ouch! This goes beyond the category of luxury skincare and firmly into the ‘probablyonlyifIwinthelottery’ category for me. That said, I would really like to try some Sunday Riley products out next year, so we’ll see… *reminder to self – must play lottery*

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3. NYX Cosmetics. Ahh finally an affordable brand I hear you cry! Well NYX has actually been on my radar for a while, but they don’t seem to be stocked in any chemist or department store or ANYWHERE near me! Arrgh! I know the predicts are really inexpensive, but I’d preferably like to try in store before I buy. Their Butter Glosses are top of my hit list so I need to find out where they’re stocked asap!

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4. Kiko Cosmetics. Ok so I do actually already own a Kiki Water Eyeshadow, pictured above, but I haven’t got round to using it yet – bad blogger! Kiko offer a massive range of affordable cosmetics that look and sound pretty special. I’m hoping to take a trip to their store next time I’n in London – fingers crossed this will early next year, so please let me know if you have any other recommendations for me!

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5. Trilogy Products – this is another brand that I’ve been aware of for a long time, but I haven’t actually had a chance to try any products out yet. Trilogy is what I’d describe as ‘fairly expensive’ with prices starting from around £12.50 for a lip balm, up to £30+ for anti ageing products. I really like the sound of their Rosehip collection and their Replenishing Night Cream sound like it’s perfect for my dry and dehydrated skin. Again if you have any recommendations please let me know 🙂

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6. Zoeva Brushes. Zoeva officially make the most beautiful brushes I’ve ever seen. With sleek black handles and rose gold finishing, what’s not to love!? I actually gave a set away last year, so I got to have a good look at them, and they really were the most amazing brushes I’ve ever seen. My mission for 2015 is to own my own set! (Zoeva has also recently released a new rose gold complete eye brush set… it will be mine!)

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7. Zoeva Cosmetics. On the subject of Zoeva, with their main focal point being the superior brushes they offer, their cosmetics often get over looked. They don’t have the biggest range of cosmetics on offer but they do sell some really lovely looking eyeshadow palettes, the Mixed Metals one above looks right up my street!

lorac pro palette

8. Lorac Cosmetics. Lorac are another brand famous for their fantastic eyeshadow palettes, namely the Pro Palette, and more recently the Mega Pro – which contains a massive 32 eyeshadow shades. Lorac is rarer than rocking horse poo in the UK, as there are no stockists here. It’s also not stocked at Sephora, and their US site doesn’t ship internationally – handy! You can however, purchase from Amazon, but it isn’t cheap. And when I say it isn’t cheap, I mean it’s crazy expensive!! I would really love a Lorac palette though, but only if I can somehow get one at a decent price.

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9. Marc Jacobs Beauty. Another brand that we can’t get in the UK! Gah!! Marc Jacobs’ fairly new beauty line just looks amazing, the products look sleek and luxe in their glossy back and high shine silver packaging, and I just really can’t wait to try a few things out. I don’t even know what I want to try because all the products look so good! Marc Jacobs beauty is available from Sephora though, so I might treat myself for my birthday in June 🙂

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10. Bite Beauty is another US brand available from Sephora. They sell a massive range of lip themed products, including lipsticks, glosses, lip liner, lip scrub and lip masks – everything your lips could ever want or need! Again I have no idea which product I’d actually like to try, except lipsticks of course! I may throw a couple in with my next Sephora order and see!

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11. Kat Von D. (Ok so there’s actually eleven brands!!) I saw this Monarch Eyeshadow Palette on the Sephora site last year and was instantly attracted to the beautiful warm tones – it was love at first sight. Kat Von D is also famous for her foundation and lipstick ranges too, all of which are also on my wish list. The Monarch Eyeshadow Palette is currently $46.00 / £30.00 so it is on the expensive side… but it’s so pretty I really have to have it!

NB – a few of these brands, plus many others, are available at Roses Beauty Store, which is a UK importer of US cosmetics, I’ve used them before to purchase my Anastasia Contour Palette when it was out of stock everywhere, so I know they’re alright! They are expensive though, but if you’re desperately after something you can’t get your hands on in the UK, it’s worth checking out their site, and you can also make special product requests too 🙂

I’d love to hear which brands or products you’re hoping to try out in 2015?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx