Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Primer Review

Hello bees, I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I spent mine camping with my son and some of his friends which was a lot of fun! As promised in my previous blog post, today’s post will be my thoughts on the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Primer.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links and all opinions are honest and my own.

I picked up the mini size as I always like to try out products before splashing out on the full size. The mini has 15ml of product and costs £15. The full size holds 32ml of product and costs £24.

Firstly lets talk about the packaging, I’m a big fan of the minimal aesthetic when it comes to beauty products and this doesn’t disappoint! I love the muted pinky nude lid and pump that pairs with a matching frosted glass bottle. It looks and feels like it’s a high end product. The pump itself is easy to use and not cheap feeling, I found it easy to get the right amount of product without having to waste any. I also like how sturdy the bottle is, making if perfect for take travelling with you.

This soft matte product claims to be a
A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect. This has a thick creamy texture that stays put in the back of your hand once pumped out. It does blend out really well and sinks into the skin quickly, doesn’t leave the skin with that tacky feel and does make the skin feel super silky. This primer does has a medium strength scent to it, it reminds me of baby powder mixed with with a floral perfume. I don’t hate the scent but I’m glad it fades not long after application. I have watched a few reviews on YouTube from people who are sensitive to scents saying this gave them a headache when applying, so be cautious if scented products make you react in any way!

The selling point for me in a matte primer is what it can do for my pores. I have large pores in my T-zone which are my oily areas. This did a great job at making them appear smoother and less visible. I tried this primer with four of my favourite foundations. Two matte and two with a dewy finish and they worked equally well with both. This doesn’t fully mattify skin, instead leaves a satin finish, and really helps the base look more even and smooth. As for how it aids the longevity of makeup, I found that it definitely kept my makeup in place, even in my problem areas that always crease and move such as the end of my nose and creases of my nostrils.

Overall I like this primer, I will be using this up and buying another for the winter months when I prefer a matte skin. If you are interested in this primer it can be found here. I’m excited to try more from this brand and would love your recommendations in the comments below!

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New In Beauty August 2020. Haul & First Impressions

Hello bees, I hope you are having a great week so far. I don’t know about you but I’m so glad for the cooler weather. That humid air was stifling and gross last week! I recently picked up a few new beauty bits from boots to try and want to share some first impressions with you!

Disclaimer- this post contains affiliate links but opinions are honest and my own.

The first item, which was actually the last item that I picked up, one of those strategically placed items right next to the till. I’m a Fenty Beauty virgin but have heard great things about the Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch primer and it’s pore diffusing effects. I’ve used this twice so far and I’m really loving how my skin looks under my matte foundations. It does make my pores look a lot smaller and does improve how long my foundation lasts before my chin and forehead gets oily. I picked up the travel size which is 15ml to try the product before splashing out on the full size. I will be trying this with all my foundations and will be doing a full review of this in a separate blog post!

Next up the Estée Lauder Doublewear foundation which is a old gem and not a new try for me as I used to use this years ago. I loved it then and still love it now, plus there was a amazing offer on at the time, a freebie with lots of Travel sizes in the cutest makeup bag! This is definitely worth a try if you have oily skin, like a matte finish and full coverage. It controls my oily patches and doesn’t make the skin look flat. It lasts on me for around 8 hours before it starts to go around the nose area but I never need to touch up with setting powder which is always a plus! It comes in a amazing 60 shades. The only downside is that it’s hard to not use too much product due to their being no pump.

The next two products I wanted to talk about is two of the freebies i received from the Estée Lauder offer. The Estée Lauder Stay In Place eye pencil mini is pretty impressive as kohl pencils go, I look for a jet black pigment when choosing one and this definitely provides that. I also like to get experimental with pencils and I’m pleased to be able blend this out into a smoky eye look easily. The full size has a smudging nib on the opposite end of the pencil which makes it amazing for travelling! The only downside to this pencil is that I find it very hard to sharpen as it has a plastic outer shell. The last product is the the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara mini in shade ‘Extreme Black’. I’ve never tried any of the mascaras from this brand so had no idea what to expect. I like how the brush on the mini is the same as the full size, the brush itself is long enough to coat lots of lashes in one go but also has a narrow tip to get into the corners. I recommend only doing one coat as I found doing another did make the lashes look a little like spiders legs. Once I stuck to one minimal coat my lashes did have lots more volume and length which I’m super impressed with. I will be picking up the full size in the waterproof formula after using this mini up!

Another sneaky waiting in the que find was the Too Faced Soleil Bronzer mini in shade ‘chocolate’. I was after a new bronzer and I really struggle finding one that’s dark enough to show up but that’s not too warm and dark to make me look muddy. This is the perfect shade for my skin and is very subtle just how I like it! I find this easy to apply with an angled brush into the hollows of my cheeks and jawline and it blends into the skin perfectly! I will definitely be picking this up in the full size once I’ve finished the mini.

The last item in today’s haul is the Maybelline Color Sensational Blushed Nudes lipstick. I’m always after the perfect nude and I’m so picky when it comes to finding one. It was super hard trying to shop for a lipstick with not being able to swatch anything due to Covid. I picked up the shade ‘nude embrace’ on a whim and I’m pleased with the colour. It is a little warmer than I wanted but it will make a lovely natural every day shade. I’m already a big fan of the Maybelline stick lipsticks and this wasn’t a disappointment, it applies evenly and feels great on the lips for a matte lipstick.

Have you tried any of the products from my recent haul? Let’s me know in the comments below!

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Olaplex Haircare System. Is It Worth The Hype?

Hello bees, I hope everyone is well. How is it the start of August already? In today’s post I want to talk about the well known hair care brand Olaplex as I’ve been testing a few of their products for the past two weeks, before we get into the good stuff let’s talk about my hair type and condition.

Let’s go back to July last year, my hair was nearly at the bottom of my back and was in great condition. I had been colouring it black for a few months but had started to get bored with it (typical Gemini) so decided to strip my hair to a dark brown using a colour corrector. I then bleached a large portion of my hair to a dip dye, this was the worst decision I could have made. I ended up damaging my hair and it was breaking off so I made the decision to cut all my beautiful hair off to shoulder length. Since then I’ve been growing out my hair as I want my natural colour and I trim it every month to get rid of any dead ends. I still have some left over blonde in my hair that does tend to look dry and frizzy when I don’t use product.

I have heard lots of great things about Olaplex from my hairdresser friends and other bloggers who rave about its restoration properties for damaged hair. In salons they use No. 1 & 2 when lifting colour from the hair to ensure it doesn’t get damaged, this is only available to salons and those who trade as hairdressers. However there is a bunch of at home maintenance products for us do it yourself/every day folk with the same ingredients. I picked up their No. 3, 4 & 5 system and No. 7 to see if my hair improved.

The first product I picked up is the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. This is a pre shampoo treatment that claims to strengthen and repair the hair by building the bonds that have been damaged by chemical or heat activity. I picked up the 100ml bottle as it was my first time trying but they do sell a larger 250ml bottle. The product itself has a thin conditioner like consistency, with a lovely sweet perfume scent. I find this easy to spread onto my hair and a little does stretch a long way. I apply this onto damp towel dried hair, to the scalp and through to the ends making sure everything is fully covered and let sit for a minimum of ten minutes. I like to wear this for longer for maximum effect. After rinsing off I noticed how much smoother my hair feels and after following the next steps have noticed that my hair looks healthier and has stop shedding so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the bigger size which will last me ages as you only need to do this once per week or twice for really damaged hair! The 100ml costs £26 and the supersize 250ml costs £52 and can be found here .

The next step after rinsing is shampooing the hair and I picked up the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. This claims to nourish the hair while using patented technology to re link broken bonds for those with damaged or brittle hair. Whilst cleaning the hair without stripping its moisture and providing a salon quality glossy finish. This shampoo has a surprisinly thick consistency for a shampoo but does lather extremely well and as I learnt the hard way the first time I used, a little goes a long way! It has a pleasant sharp grapefruit scent and I love how squeaky clean this leaves my scalp. I will definitely be repurchasing this at a later date, its the best shampoo I’ve used so far. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

After cleansing the hair I always like to go in with a conditioner, some people skip this step depending on their hair type but I always get fly away’s if I don’t use it. I picked up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner which claims to make the hair more manageable whilst providing the hair with daily hydration and repair damage from colouring and styling. This has a very thick mask like consistency, and I find that you only need a small amount to cover a large amount of hair. This has the same grape fruit scent as the shampoo and leaves my hair feeling so silky. I can run my fingers through my hair without any tangles and this doesn’t weigh my hair down with that heavy greasy feeling. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

To finish off my hair I picked up the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil. There is another step which is a Bonding Cream but I didn’t want to put too much product in my hair so didn’t pick that up. I get on really well with oil products to finish the hair and this was no exception. This claims to provide highly concentrated nourishment to the hair whilst adding a glossy shine to your tresses. It has a very light consistency but is so hard to get out of the bottle which is a downside! A little goes a long way with this oil and I love how light this feels whilst on the hair and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in how smooth and shiny my hair looks when using this. I apply this to the ends of my damp hair before drying for some protection against heat and then use a tiny amount to finish the ends of my hair. This costs £26 for 30ml which does seem expensive but a little bit really does stretch a long way with this.

Overall I’m so pleased that I took the plunge and started trying the Olaplex hair care system. I have noticed how much stronger, manageable, soft and shiny it is than before. I have a lot less breakage and it just looks so much better than it did. I will definitely be picking all four of these products again when I’m finished this lot!

Have you ever tried Olaplex? What are your favourite products to use for damaged hair? Let me know in the comments below!

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DIY Charcoal & Honey face mask. A must for oily skin.

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I have had a quite a fun start to the week week, stuck in doors experimenting with new projects since the weather has been dreary. I’ve also started eating vegan which I’m really happy about and after a week have noticed the difference already!

Today’s post is a super exciting DIY that I wanted to share with you. Skincare is a massive deal to me and over the years I’ve learnt what ingredients work well with my skin and once I know what role those key ingredients play in my skincare routine then can go and make a cheaper more natural alternatives. I wanted to create a clay mask to target my oily areas of my combination skin and have found the perfect concoction using just 4 affordable ingredients. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each ingredient before we get into how to make it!

Activated Charcoal

We all have probably used or at least heard of activated charcoal to whiten and clean teeth but this is also superb in skincare. It is a great natural cleanser that unclogs pores, removes deeper impurities and any dead skin cells by attracting dirt, toxins, heavy metals and chemicals out of the skin. Charcoal is especially good for those with acne prone skin or general breakouts as this draws out any nasties and helps reduce excess oil.

Fullers Earth

Fullers earth has similar effects to the skin as charcoal, as it is known for its ability to absorb oil and unclog pores. This also improves the skin tone and complexion and makes the skin look and feel soft and smooth. The most beneficial effects of fullers earth is its antiseptic and astringent properties that regulates your skins PH level so not only cleanses the skin but nourishes it too!

Raw Honey

Raw honey is a great natural ingredient to use as it helps balance the oils in skin which makes it a great product for those with acne as it speeds up the cell healing process. Honey heals scars and evens out skin tone whilst being a natural moisturiser. Raw, unpasteurized honey is most beneficial for the skin for all the benefits mentioned above and if you have the money to spend I recommend treating yourself to some Manuka Honey.

What you will need:

  • Activated Charcoal powder
  • Fullers Earth Clay
  • Raw Honey
  • Water
  • Glass Jar to store powders
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Face Brush
  • Measuring spoons (optional)

How to make

To start I mix the dry ingredients together, taking the activated charcoal powder and the fullers earth and working on a one part charcoal to three part fullers earth clay ratio. You can mix this up every time you want to use a face mask but I find it easier to make a large batch of the dry mix in a glass jar and take a little out each time and then add the fresh liquid ingredients when I’m about to apply the mask. To make the mask ready to wear I use my 2.5ml measuring spoon and add the dry mix from above to a little bowl. I picked up this cute little mask tool set here with everything you need to mix and apply a face mask. Next I use that same spoon to add 2.5ml of honey and a slightly larger 5ml spoon to add the water. Then I mix well and apply generously to the skin. I’ve found this ratio makes just the right amount to cover your whole face well with a small amount left over.

This mask will start to dry and harden but doesn’t feel too tight or hurt the face and is easy to wash off with some warm water. Working with charcoal does get a little messy though so I recommend putting some tissue down whilst mixing and to use dark cloths if that’s what you prefer to use to remove products. All the ingredients I used for this DIY are super cheap and I have so much left for future masks. I am so pleased with how much this cleans my skin and shrinks my pores and I only need to use it once a week!

Have you ever used charcoal in skincare? Do you like to make your own masks? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mac Cosmetics Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette. Review, Swatches & Tutorial

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I’ve had a wonderful week and have been taking the time to enjoy the sunshine this week as things start to open up again and go back to some kind of normality.

In today’s post I wanted to share my thoughts on a palette I picked up as a birthday treat for myself recently from Mac Cosmetics. I managed to pick up a haul as everything on the site was discounted. I had my eye on the Mac Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette for a little while and was so glad I picked it up with a discount!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, opinions are honest and my own.

As I gain knowledge of the beauty community and makeup in general, especially over the years I tend not to buy into products with a gimmick and turn my shopping interests to brands that cater to artistry on magazines and runways or makeup that’s been made by makeup artists themselves. This is because I find the products to be better quality and the colour stories from eyeshadow palettes more cohesive.

To start my review I want to talk about the packaging of this palette. It’s part of the Artistry collection and this is 1 of 3 palettes. I love the creative swatch style art on the front of the plastic palette. The packaging itself doesn’t feel cheap like morphe palettes often do, instead it feels heavier and much more sturdy. This would be a great travelling companion as it has a large mirror that takes up all of the underside of the lid.

Inside you will find twelve eyeshadows that consist of seven mattes and five shimmers. I absolutely love the colour story and will have no problem finding looks that I want to create as they flow so nicely next to each other. The pan size is a decent medium size which makes it super easy to dip a brush or your finger into the shadow without creating mess all around the rest of the palette.

Moving onto how the shadows performed, starting with the mattes. I found picking up nearly every matte in this palette on a brush was easy with a small amount of fallout, I always do my eye look first so this is never a problem for me. I didn’t have any problems blending and didn’t find the formula dry or patchy, these also built up very well when packed onto the lid. I am also very pleased with the pigmentation which is very rich, especially in the darker shades. The only problem I had and you will see by the swatch below was the shade ‘Louvre at First Site‘ this is extremely patchy and unless used very sparingly, looks patchy on the eyelid too.

Next is the lust worthy shimmers which I have no bad words to say about them. The formula is very smooth but not too buttery, I love how fine the texture is and damn that pigmentation packs a punch. I tried them with a dry brush which worked very well to pack the shadow on the lid and also blend out to a smoke very well. I also tried spraying the product on my brush with some Fix+ and it really made the shimmers pop. I’m really pleased with this formula, especially the shade ‘FlameBoyant‘ which is my new favourite.

  • What’s the Pointilism: White gold pearl (Shimmer)
  • Samoa Silk: Warm orange beige (Matte)
  • Amber Lights: Peachy brown with shimmer (Shimmer)
  • La Vida Mocha: Brown with bronze (Shimmer)
  • Dada Issues: Peachy brown (Matte)
  • Rule: Vivid orange (Matte)
  • Daliwood: Burnt brick orange (Matte)
  • Embark: Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • Fan the Flames: Warm reddish copper (Shimmer)
  • FlameBoyant: Metallic red (Shimmer)
  • Louvre at First Site: Cool red (Matte)
  • Everyone’s Darling: Warm wine burgundy (Matte)

To create this look I applied the shade Samoa Silk all over the lid as my base colour, then I took Daliwood and applied this to the outer V and up into the crease of my eye to create depth. Next I applied shade Dada Issues to the rest of the lid and then topped it with shade Amber Lights. Lastly I lightly lined the eyelids with shade Embark.

This palette costs £39 and can be found here.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Let me know in the comments below!

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Summer blues & glossy nude makeup tutorial

Hello bees, I really hope everyone is okay with all the events that are happening in the world right now. It’s always important to remember that change doesn’t happen without feeling uncomfortable first.

For today’s blog post I wanted to share with you a gorgeous makeup look that I’ve been loving recently. I have been using blues in my summer makeup, especially with a glossy nude lip.

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Starting with my favourite part of any makeup look, the base! To prime the skin i opted for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, this is such a dream for a dewy look and peaks through foundation making any makeup applied on top look super fresh and flawless.

My current favourite foundation is the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. This is like magic in a tube, it has a light feel with an amazing medium to full coverage and looks so stunning on the skin. I also love how this wears through the day. To conceal my dark under eye circles I used a small amount of the Glossier Stretch concealer . I’ve been trying to use this up as i love the formula but i’m not too fond of how it creases on me.

To add some colour back into my cheeks I used a swipe of the Colourpop Blush Stix in shade ‘under pressure’. I like to apply this with a brush to the apples of my cheeks and blend out with my fingers. This melts into the skin and is the perfect coral blush. To set the skin I’ve been using a old favourite of mine, the Too Faced Perfect Peach Setting Powder sets your base all day and makes the skin look so pretty. Plus it smells like peaches!

To add some depth back into my cheeks I used the bronzing shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face palette . This is the perfect shade for my skin and isn’t insanely pigmented which is what I opt for in a bronzer.

I can’t do a makeup look without a mega watt fresh glow and I have recently rediscovered my love for the L’Oréal Glow Mon Amour highlighting drops in the shade ‘sparkling love’. This is the perfect shade for my skin and gives a beautiful wet look finish. I apply this by putting a small dot of product where the light would naturally hit my face and then blending out with a brush.

To prime the eyes I always use a concealer rather than a primer as I find this works better for me. For this blue look I wanted to play around with the Illamasqua Expressionist Artistry and started with the shade ‘canvas primer’ to set the concealer on my lids. To add depth to my lids I used shade ‘deeestorted’ into the inner crease. Lastly I took the shade ‘blue period’ dense brush, picked up this gorgeous blue shadow and sprayed my brush with a spritz if Mac Prep & Prime Fix+ to make it extra pigmented.

To make my lashes look a little more voluminous I used my current favour mascara, the Glossier Lash Slick. I love how naturally full this makes my eyelashes look and how it never clumps. To fluff up my brows I used my absolute favour brow gel, The Glossier Boy Brow is a must for those who love the editorial soap brow style.

Lastly to add some colour and shine to the lips I used the one of my favourite coloured glosses, the Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss. The way this hits the light in super pretty and this will makes people lips look larger. I used the shade ‘bitter cherry’.

Here is my finished look, what do you think of the colour combination and do you like to wear blue? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lime Crime Sun Kissed palette review. The perfect face palette for summer?

Hello Bee’s, I hope you’re all doing well with everything that is going on in the world right now. Everyone deserves a medal when we come out of this year. It’s my birthday this weekend and I never thought I’d have one in quarantine that’s for sure and the weather is set to be raining!

Luckily we have had so much beautiful weather to see us through in general and in today’s post I will be reviewing a product that’s so perfect for your summer makeup collection.

I have really been getting into face palettes this year and have so many on my wish list, The Lime Crime Sunkissed Face Palette contains six mix and match shades in neutral and bright.

Lime Crime never fail to amaze me with their packaging designs, always so bold and beautiful and the yellow and chrome print goes so well with the summer vibes. This palette has a mirror on the inside of the flip top lid which makes it perfect for travelling. The box is super sturdy and I’m rather impressed with the huge pan sizes and you’re definitely getting value for money.

As mentioned above this palette contains six shades and I want to talk through all of them and how they performed for me.

Salty– This medium matte bronzing shade is perfect for my skin tone for added some depth when I’ve got some added colour from the sun. I found this blended into the skin really well and didn’t look too dry or patchy. I often opt for a cream product to add depth to my skin for that reason so was glad to see it didn’t look muddy on my face. This shade will be too dark for me in the winter and is a fully matte formula without glitter.

Golden Hour- This is a yellow gold shimmer meant for use as a highlighter, this shade is so beautiful and has a finely milled formula so blends into the skin very well. Sadly this shade is far too yellow for me as it it leaves a yellow cast on my highlighted areas. This will be great as a eyeshadow though as it’s super pigmented.

Sun Daze- This is a champagne pink shimmer highlight which after swatching, slowly realised that this palette is catered for deeper skin tones. This like the shade above left a dark pink cast on the skin so isn’t suited as a highlight for me. Again the shine and pigmented is incredible when it hits the light.

Sizzle– This bright orange matte blush is my favourite shade out of the six. It’s super pigmented and I don’t own anything like it in my collection. I suggest using sparingly to avoid looking like a clown like i did the first time I used this! When used with a light hand this looked really pretty on the skin. This also doubles up as a gorgeous eyeshadow if you like to wear a monochrome eye and blush look.

Malibu– This pink shimmer blush was another of my favourites in this palette, it has tiny light golden flecks. This looks super pretty on the skin when used on the apples of my cheeks sparingly. I love the finely milled smooth formula which applies very well on the skin.

Bask- The last shade is a brown shimmering bronzer, sadly this was far to dark for use on my skin so I will be using this as an eyeshadow. This is super pigmented and blends out perfectly into the skin.

Overall I really like this palette and think this will be perfect for those with deeper skin tones. Sadly I’ll have to repurpose the shades that were far to dark for me as eyeshadows and they don’t sell a lighter alternative. This palette costs £46 and can be found here.

What do you think of this palette? What’s your favourite face palette? Let me know in the comments below!

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Spring/Summer 2020 Makeup Trend: Colour Clash

Hello bees, I hope you’ve had a great week, I’ve been busy creating lots of content for my makeup account and trying to soak up as much sun as possible whilst on my daily walk!

Disclaimer– This post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

I’m back today trying another makeup trend for Spring/Summer 2020. It’s nothing new that bright colours are used in the warmer months but the current colour clash trend gets me excited! It’s super simple to achieve, choose a bright colour for the eyes and then a constrasting bright colour for lips for the perfect clash.

If you know me then you will know that I’m a sucker for bright, eye catching colours. I love working with bold colours and I decided to go full on with my look but you can also tone it down with a a coloured eye liner and clashing lip. The most important thing is to have fun experimenting! Below is a step by step on how I created my look as well as some fun colourful products on the market that would suit this trend perfectly.

When it comes with all trends on the catwalk, they always opt for clean fresh glass like skin. This is my favourite to do and I’ve somewhat perfected this kind of base over the past few years. I started by moisturising the skin well with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect and priming with the Essence Fresh & Fit primer.

For a light but full coverage base, I’ve been loving the healthy dew finish of the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream in shade ‘fair’ and applied this with a buffing brush. Next I added a small amount of the Glossier Stretch concealer in shade ‘G10’. To add some colour back into the cheeks I used blush, bronzer and some natural highlight. All from the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palette . To set the undereyes, around the nose and the chin I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder

Moving on to the eyes I only used one product and it’s my favourite for a bright yellow, the Mac Cosmetics single eyeshadow in shade ‘chrome yellow’. This is such a rich striking colour. To contrast the yellow I thought a red lip would be fun and is there a better red lipstick than the Mac Cosmetics Matte lipstick in shade ‘Ruby Woo’?

To finish this look I wanted some natural looking brows so that the focus remained on the eyes and lips. To do this I simply brushed some glycerin soap through my brows to create a natural looking bushy brow.

1. NYX Ultimate Brights eyeshadow palette

2. Colour Pop Creme gel colour

3. C.Y.O Swipe Once Butter Glaze liquid

4. Illamasqua Powder eyeshadow

5.Revolution Beauty Maxi Reloaded palette Monster Mattes

6. Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick

What do you think of this trend? Are you bold enough to wear bright colours? Let me know in the comments below!

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IT Cosmetics first impressions. A flawless base?

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a good start to the weekend. Although at this point I’m not sure that it matters since all the days are blurring into one during this lockdown.

So I’m sure like me you’ve been doing boredom online shopping while safe at home, during a YouTube sesh which led to a shopping spree I decided to try some base makeup from a brand I’d never tried before. IT Cosmetics admittedly was a brand I’d never heard of before but after watching another blogger use a few of their products I had to try them out for myself.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

The first product I picked up was the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream which was the most surprising product of all three, typically when I think of a CC cream I think low coverage so don’t usually opt for them but this is advertised as a ‘colour correcting full coverage cream’ so it peaked my interest. It claims to be hydrating, anti-aging, and contain SPF 50. The CC cream comes in a plastic tube with funky holographic packaging and a push down pump with a lid. I really enjoy the choice of packaging and love that it stands up on my dressing table, this comes in 12 shades and contains 32ml for £31 which is on the pricier side.

I was very surprised on the consistency of this product, I expected it to be a lot thinner but when pumped onto the back of my hand it definitely stayed put. When applying it feels like gel but has such amazing coverage, one pump was enough to cover my entire face and a little goes a long way. I was so pleased with the finish, it truly looks like a healthy dewy natural skin whilst offering coverage. It didn’t cling to my dry patches and didn’t sink into my pores and as for the wear throughout the day I didn’t have to touch up once and it still looked amazing hours later. I picked up the shade ‘fair’ which turned out to to be a perfect match for me. I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future, it’s also lemon scented which is one of my favourite scents!

I also picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer after reading lots of reviews about it being high coverage whilst hydrating, which is a must for me with concealer due to my dark and dry under eye situation. This claims to be water resistant, highly pigmented, long lasting and contain skin loving ingredients to improve appearance of lines and wrinkles. The concealer comes in a small squeeze tube, costs £25 for 12ml and comes in 24 shades. Consistency wise I found this concealer very thick, which worried me as these type of concealers have always creased on me in the past.

I was pleasantly surprised with how little you needed, I only needed a small dot which covered both my under eyes. Surprisingly this did blend into the skin very well considering it’s thickness and worked very well with a damp beauty blender. The coverage is definitely full and I really loved how hydrated and healthy it left my under eye looking. Sadly this did exactly as expected and caused horrendous creasing after just an hour of wear and I did set my under eyes well with powder. Usually I don’t need to keep retouching when I use thinner cream concealers so unfortunately I won’t be buying this concealer again as it really didn’t look good. To get my moneys worth I’m going to be trialing it as a eyelid primer when I do my more dramatic looks.

CC cream in shade ‘fair’, Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in shade ‘light sand’ and Bye Bye pores setting powder in shade ‘translucent’

Lastly I picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder in shade translucent. I suffer with large pores in the areas of my face where I’m oily so thought this would be great for me. This comes in both a pressed and loose texture and claims to help erase the appearance of pores and imperfections and is talc free so doesn’t cause the dreaded chalky white flashback. This costs £24 for 6.8g which was rather disappointing for me when I saw how small this jar was for the price.

I picked up the loose version as I’m not a fan of pressed powders, the first thing I want to to say about this is be careful once the film seal has been peeled off as this powder flies everywhere when opening. I’m pleased to report that this a very finely milled powder and a little does go a long way. This feels super light on the skin and does make the skin look silky smooth and gives a satin finish. I was super pleased to see that my pores look significantly smaller and apart from needing to touch up my creased under eyes (because of the concealer) I didn’t need to touch up my face. I will definitely be putting this on my buy again list when this pot runs out.

If you look closely you can see how much creasing I have underneath my under eye even after setting the concealer.

Have you every tried anything from IT cosmetics? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette. Swatches, review & look.

Hello bees, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine if you had it where you are! I also hope everyone is keeping well during this time. Anxiety and not being able to sleep has set in big time for me so I’m doing everything I can to keep my mind busy, including getting around to using makeup in my collection I haven’t tried yet. Which leads me to today’s post.

I picked up the Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette just before Christmas from Beauty Bay when they had a promotion, I had my eye on it for so long but the price of £49 would always put me off. I’m so glad I picked it up however and wanted to share my thoughts, swatches and a look created with this palette.

First off Melt Cosmetics can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, their designs are always so aesthetically pleasing. The palette packaging itself is slimline, sturdy to hold in the hand and definitely feels expensive. It comes with a matching box and a mirror on the flip top lid which makes it great for taking it on trips.

Look at that colour scheme, I love how nicely the colour story flows and it doesn’t leave me stuck for inspiration which is a must for me when choosing a palette. Inside you will find ten grunge worthy eyeshadows which consist of eight mattes and two metallic textures. I wasn’t too mad at the fact there’s a fair more matte shades than metallics as I usually only pat a metallic into the centre of the lid or in the inner corner to give a eyeshadow look more depth. It’s also important to note that these eyeshadows are cruelty free and all shades except for ‘bonnie’ are vegan.

The first half of the palette contains the more neutral shades, these include:


Luna – This Honey Beige hue is the lightest shade in the palette. Perfect for softening and blending away any harsh edges.

Gemini – A mutable vermilion duo chrome shadow with a brilliant gold shift. Gemini is versatile, can be used as a striking accent shade or even a vivid blush or highlight.

Lorelei – A classic mustard hue, this shade can be used as a transition shade or a bright and easy to wear wash of color all over the lid.

Polkadot – A warm tawny brown ultra matte , this shadow can be used in the crease as a transition shade or to add depth to natural makeup look.

Cupcake – A true brown Ultra Matte eye shadow. This shade is the deepest brown in the palette and can be used to create a chocolatey smoke or for added depth.

The next half is my favourite, I’m a sucker for a green colour story and this is what drew me into the palette. These include:

Bonnie – A true jet black, Use this shadow to add dramatic, blown out smoke to the under eye and outer corner or for added intensity and depth.

Leo – An army green ultra matte eye shadow. This is the deepest green in this palette, pack it on the lid for a bold deep green smoke, blend it in to the crease or use it in the inner and outer corners of the eye to add dimension for a halo eye effect.

Goalz – A Golden Lime metallic shade with dimensional glitter flecks, this catches the light effortless and can be used as a lid topper or all over colour.

Fire OG -The perfect olive-green eyeshadow in their signature ultra matte formula.

Mochi – This olive mustard is the perfect blending color for a vibrant olive-green eye look.

Now onto the formula and performance, and it’s definitely a mixed bag. When it comes to the mattes, they definitely meet the definition, some are smooth and easy to blend out such as bonnie, cupcake, fire og and lorelei. However shades leo, mochi and polka dot were very dry and applied a little patchy on the lid and as you can see by the swatches above, did give some kick back. I’ve tried this palette with a few different brushes and I do find that using a really soft and fluffy brush does help the application but having to improvise isn’t something you should have to do considering the cost.

Lastly we have the two metallic shades gemini and goalz, now I don’t know if I’m missing a trick with these but I find them so hard to pick up on a brush, I’ve tried with various different brushes and even tried to spray the eyeshadow on the brush with setting spray to make the shadow more pigmented but still nothing transfers onto my lid. I have found the only way to use this is to use my finger to press these into the eyelid which is ideal if you wish to use these as a shadow topper but not so much if you want to use it as a liner or all over lid colour. They are just too dry and chunky in the pan, I would be so appreciative if you could let me know any tips on using these as they are such pretty colours!

Using shades ‘cupcake, leo, fire og, goalz, mochi & bonnie’

What do you think of this palette? And what’s your favourite Melt product? Let me know in the comments below!

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