November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

All night long

A setting spray? Why would you need that?

Oh my god, you need this in your life. Like, right now. Honestly, go now and head to feelunique.com. You won’t look back!

Yes, I was sceptical at first. I wasn’t sure why I needed a setting spray – setting spray is for the famous bloggers and MUAs, right? Plus, who knows what it actually is, other than a magical potion to keep your makeup in place all day?

Introducing your new best friend:

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Introducing your new best friend.

Of course, there are loads of other setting sprays out there. But, being a self-confessed Urban Decay fan, I’ve obviously opted for their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

This is a product you think you can live without until you start using it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a little panic when the spray starts to spit at you at the end of the bottle! With its oil-free formula (win-win for me!) and temperature control technology, it really does leave your skin refreshed when you start the day with a spritz. Don’t ask me how, I don’t know either!

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I want to take a moment to appreciate the packaging of the All Nighter spray. The box and bottle are a soft matte texture that feels gorgeous and makes you want to use it. Rather than a shiny plastic, you’re met with a velvet finish that adds a touch of luxury. You know instantly that the product is going to work, and it’s going to work well.

I’ve only just finished a bottle that I’ve had for about a year. The one featured in my photos is a replacement I got for my birthday back in July, as I was worried my first bottle would run out. How wrong was I?! Now, when you click through to buy the All Nighter Spray, they have a different packaging. Yes – I’ve had mine so long that they’ve changed the packaging!

I totally agree with Urban Decay’s decision to change their packaging from white to a dark grey with pale purple text. (Don’t worry, they’ve kept that beautiful matte finish!) Having read a few articles, it seems that the brand’s founder wanted to revamp the bottle after finding that the white bottle was quickly getting dirty from every day use. Putting my old bottle against a brand new one shows just how dirty it’s gotten!

I think I might have to make a little Instagram post just to prove it!

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Anyway, enough about the box and packaging – that speaks for itself. As for the product, I remember being admittedly doubtful before I’d tried it. Now, having used it for so long, I can safely say that the lightweight formula seals your makeup without feeling like you’ve sprayed your face with glue. It also dries almost instantly, and so doesn’t feel like you’ve sprayed your face with water either!

I’ve used this spray through hot summers and cold winters, and even with watery eyes from the cold it continues to hold your makeup in place. It really is something magical.

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This little spray is also great while applying makeup too. For example, I spray my eyeshadow brushes before applying glitter-based colours as it helps to transfer and hold the glitter, creating a sharper and more sparkly look. This works especially well when teamed with Dust or Buzz from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. It’s a truly versatile product!

Have you tried a makeup setting spray before? How long did your makeup last? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Bare Essentials Haul

Bare Essentials has always been a high-end cosmetic brand on the High street, however to be honest I’ve never given it a second look. Part of the reason being a few years back I was approached to test the mineral foundation in the middle of a shopping centre, which I don’t know about you, but it immediately put me off as it makes me feel under pressure to buy something. (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, just not my cup of tea)

Another reason the brand has passed me by could be I’m a devoted Urban Decay fan, so with Bare Essentials being a key competitor of theirs, I’ve never ventured off the path, so to speak!

So why this time?

To be honest I was on the search for a new liquid eyeliner in a pen form, as was under the impression this would be the easiest way to create the perfect eyeliner flick. Having tried the Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner as a start I was getting on really well with it but It was starting to dry up and the tip was quite big. So on my search I was looking for a new one with a smaller tip in order to hopefully have more control over the ‘flick’ and create a more dramatic look.

 

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After going online and heading straight to my beloved Urban Decay, I looked at the Perversion fine point eye pen all seemed simple until reading a few reviews people were finding it a bit ‘flakey’, which yes they might have been being a bit picky but even so it made me think twice. Just below in the similar products was the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Ink Liner, so I decided to have a look and see what people were saying with this one. All the reviews seemed really positive saying that it left a sharp very black line that lasted all day. Perfect? I also liked the indication of the 0.6 with of the tip knowing I could be quite precise with that.

I must say after using it a few times now I’m really impressed, its so pigmented and glides on so smoothly, I mean sometimes too smoothly, I ended up with eyeliner up to my eyebrow the first time! So yeah still doesn’t make you an eyeliner pro but it certainly helps! If you’re one of my Instagram followers you may have seen my post recently about trying to keep practising as much as I can, and I think its paying off!

While I was on the Bare Essentials page I decided to order a few bits and bobs at the same time to have a good try out of the brand. One being the Lash Domination Mascara, I was low on mascara so I thought was worth a go. I haven’t tried the mascara as much as everything else, and to be honest the few times I have tried it out I’ve found the wand to be quite big for my eyes, not sure if that’s the wand being big or my eyes being small but either way was a bit awkward to use especially for my lower lashes. The wand was also more of a plastic comb which to be honest I’m not usually a fan of as I don’t feel it applies as much product as opposed to a ‘fluffy’ wand. Has anyone else found this?

 

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Another product in the haul was the Complexion Rescue, a tinted hydrating gel cream. It works in the same way as a tinted moisturiser or bb cream, evening out your skin tone ready for your makeup application. It also contains an SPF 30 which makes it an added winner in my book, honestly the best anti-ageing tip ever is to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

The only thing I don’t like as much about this product is due to having oily skin I’m finding I need to have a blot and top up of finishing powder throughout the day.

 

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The next product is the Gen Nude™ Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Swag, firstly there is the name I mean I had to pick the colour simply for the name right? The packaging is nice with these too, a matt touch finish on the tube reflects the texture of the lip colour itself. One of the stand out features to this lip colour is the staying power, it really does last all day, that’s if you can resist licking your lips when they smell so good of coco/vanilla! Being a liquid lipstick it does come out quite a lot so be careful, a little does go a long way, I’d also recommend a lip liner to go with it to keep your edges nice and neat.

 

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Lastly in the haul is the MATTE Foundation SPF 15, mine is in the colour medium (C25) which to be honest I’m not sure if its 100% but not bad for a guess!  I’m new to a powder foundation as I’ve always gone for a liquid foundation thinking the coverage would be better however I’m pleasantly surprised with this powder foundation, especially topped on the Complexion Rescue it creates a flawless base. I’s also quite fun to put on! Tap tap tap into the lid then swirl it round with a powder brush, makeup should be fun so this is a winner to me.

Having oily skin as I mentioned earlier, this foundation helps to absorb excess oil and eliminate shine for a natural looking matte finish, unlike other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have left me shiny after just a few hours, and lets face it no one likes a shiny forehead!

Have you ventured out of your comfort zone into a new brand? Did you find a new hero product?

Urban Decay Naked Heat

Now this is something that caught my eye a few months back in its build up to release, being a big Urban Decay fan and knowing how good their other Naked eyeshadow palettes are I knew this was going to be something not to be missed. I always fall for a well marketed new product!
My god does it not disappoint! 12 new hot shades perfect for creating a gorgeous burnt orange and copper toned look, which is definitely a favourite on Instagram right now, team with a simple eyeliner flick and you’re set to go.
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Yet again Urban Decay do not let me down on the packaging, hats off to their packaging design team! However they did surprise me with a little slide out design as apposed to the other Naked Palettes simple open top box design, not that I’m complaining at all, having it this way adds to the excitement of opening it for the first time!
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With the crackled eyeshadow colours on a beautiful copper, gold holographic card box with raised Naked Heat in gold foiling (and we all love a bit of foiling) this will 100% catch your eye both in store and on your vanity table. No detail has been spared with this palette, as inside the box features a match in 12 stages of being burnt out, each one to represent the 12 shadow colours within the actual palette.
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Opening the palette certainly doesn’t disappoint either, a mixture of matt and glitter shadows you just know they are going to look hot. The palette comes with the usual Naked palette layout having a mirror in the lid and a unique brush so you can always perfect your look on the go. Personally I’m not a lover of the brushes that come with the Naked palettes as I find them a bit too big for my eyes, I usually end up using them just to brush away excess shadow from my cheeks.
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After having a quick test today using ‘sauced’ as a base colour, a warm orangey-brown shade. I then added my two favourites ‘he devil’ a deeper red tone topped with ‘scorcher’ a gorgeous burgundy glitter shade onto the outer creases. Lastly I finished the shadow with mixing ‘ounce’ and ‘chaser’ to the inner corners and blended it all together.
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I loved this mix of colours and cannot wait to experiment with the shade combinations a bit more, are there any mixes that you’ve tried and recommend?