Monday, 24 April 2017

A £2 Dupe For Smashbox Primer Water?♥

Being blessed with oily skin makes base makeup tricky. I want to look flawless yet don't want to appear cakey nor shiny. Do I apply more powder to my nose and risk it being mega cakey so that the shine doesn't come through? Sigh, struggles of having oily skin, eh. I have tried numerous primers, some which help to keep my shine to a minimum for a short period of time but nothing that works right through the day. I have tried foundations which look perfect in the morning but crack around my nose by lunchtime. I have heard varying responses to the Smashbox Primer Water, mainly good, but I wasn't sure if the £20 price tag was worth it. Then, when I was in Primark, something caught my eye.

Primark's beauty range has really upped it's game lately. I've been buying a few things, and couldn't help but buy their primer water for the small price of £2 - a fraction of the price of the Smashbox one. Whilst buying, my initial thoughts were if it works, great! But if it doesn't, then I've only spent £2 as opposed to £20. Of course, my inner beauty blogger was shouting at me to "hurry up and put it to the test".. oops.

Oh my days, I can't even explain my love for it. I didn't really know what to expect for £2 but this little bottle has really taken me by surprise. I wouldn't say that there is any overpowering scent, if any at all. I apply my moisturiser, then roughly 3-4 sprays of this onto my face and my skin is prepped and ready for my foundation. Whenever I use this, I find that my base makeup looks air-brushed and flawless - perhaps it's due to the foundation, but I'm more lenient to believing that it's this primer. What I love most is that you don't end up with greasy fingers from applying the primer on to your face, and my skin actually absorbs this pretty quickly. Regardless, I always powder my face, paying particular attention to my t-zone, and I have found my foundation stays in tack for a good 4-5 hours. No complaints there then, eh?

For £2, I would 100% repuchase this because put it this way, it's an amazing bargain. As I have oily skin, I can only judge the water on oily skin types, however, I do feel that it possibly would work with dry/combination skin types also as it does feel quite hydrating.

So, when are you next going to Primark to pick up a primer water?

Monday, 17 April 2017

The Foundation and It's Friends You Need♥*

I've barely been wearing makeup lately, mainly because I've been trying to let my skin breathe as it's been breaking out a bit. That all changed after receiving a special parcel from Lancôme which I was utterly STUNNED by (they always make parcels look that little bit extra special). 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation* - Lancôme know to send me the lightest shade and this always makes reviewing 10 times easier because I'm able to give a true reflection of the foundation. It says it's a comfortable foundation to wear and I can truthfully say that is is genuine as when I wear this, I often forget I'm wearing any foundation because it's so lightweight and doesn't clog my pores. I would say that the coverage is quite light coverage however would be buildable and wouldn't become cakey. The overall look appears flawless and personally, it's perfect to use on a daily basis.

I wasn't entirely sure how I would get on with the La Base Pro Hydra Glow Primer* simply because it's a brightening primer and I have oily skin, but nevertheless, I tried it out. It applies really smoothly which is always a good start, and I also noticed that a little goes a long way where this product is concerned. It classes itself as a hydrating primer, and I must give it to it - it certainly left my skin feeling silky soft. Overall, it's quite a good primer - my makeup lasted pretty well (I tried it when I popped to the shops for a few things and it even lasted when I went out for an Indian meal!) therefore would recommend.

All Foundation Brush* - when I saw how small the head of this brush was, I didn't think it'd buff in my foundation. How wrong could I be? It's quite dense, meaning that it buffs the foundation flawlessly into the skin. My favourite use for this brush has got to be for concealer under the eyes - it doesn't pull the skin therefore is gentle to use.

I highly recommend this trio because they work so well in conjunction with each other. The foundation comes with a diverse range of shade which is amazing! I would say that the primer isn't necessarily for one skin type as I could imagine it working well with dry skin too, and this is down to the hydrating element.

Have you tried this foundation?

*PR Samples

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blogging Habits You Will Have Picked Up♥

Three years ago I started up this little blog and since then, I've noticed some common trends. After a while, you begin picking up little blogging habits without even realising. When I began to think about it, I realise how many I've picked up over the years, many of which my fellow bloggers will be able to relate to.

You constantly take photos of pretty things - running a beauty blog in particular, you're constantly taking photos of beauty products. The more you blog, the more you become aware that you're attracted to taking photos of pretty objects. Why? Because they look good in photos. Trust me, I know I can't be the only one.

You own all the rose gold - gold, rose gold or anything shiny. You're like a turkey - instantly drawn towards a shiny object. Makeup packaging, makeup products - anything rose gold, you're sure to own it. After all, they do look amazing sitting in your collection, no arguments required.

The packaging always wins - perfume bottles are especially my weakness. Something with pretty packaging always draws me in - that's why limited edition is forever desirable. Take perfume bottles, for instance, there are no two bottles which are the same. Look at the beautiful, delicate designs each bottle has.

Candles are your best friends - blog photos require props, so what better than candles? Most are inexpensive, there are millions of different candles available and not to mention how good they smell whilst taking photos. Only problem is, they're too pretty to burn...

You have an excessive makeup collection - as well as writing a blog, you're most likely guaranteed to read blogs too. Therefore, you read reviews on products, fancy trying them out so add them to your collection, and it's a never ending cycle. Then, before you know it, you have a makeup collection the size of Boots or Superdrug. Happy days.

Of course, there are many more but these are the most common habits I've picked up in the past three years. And I'm sure there are plenty more to come in the forthcoming years..

Happy 3rd birthday blogsallbeautyy!

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Rather Ravishing Red♥

NYX have been hitting it off majorly in the UK with their lip butters since their launch. I'm yet to actually try one, however, whilst I was out shopping one day, something caught my eye. Let me introduce you to Collection's Velvet Kiss Lip Cream

In my opinion, the packaging appears very similar to the NYX butters. I chose the shade "Rosie 3" which is a ravishing red. I was expecting it to be darker as it appears dark in the tube, however, once applied, it's more on the bright side. It feels quite "wet" when applying, but it dries almost instantly. One thing I've noticed when applying is that it smells really good - rather sweet, but not too sickly. It doesn't actually feel drying either when it dries on the lips, and I love how it looks with numerous makeup looks.

Here's a quick snap of me wearing it (whilst in my jammas because that's what us bloggers do best) and as you can see, it's such an easy shade to wear, regardless of your skin tone!

For the low price tag of £2.99 (I got it on sale for £2.50, bargain), it's definitely worth a shot. There are other shades available, including light pinks and nudes, which I certainly want to invest in!

Have you ever tried this range?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Better Skin in 3 Weeks?♥

I find it so hard testing new foundations because I have oily skin and they tend to just slip and slide around. When buying a new foundation, I always try to buy one for oily skin but that isn't guaranteed to happen every time. One day on a whim, I bought the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation for £5 as I needed a new foundation and I was drawn in my the pump. I hadn't heard of the foundation and at the time it was new, and for £5, what harm would it be?

First thing I noticed was that the shade range wasn't very diverse - I reckon there was only about five or six shades to choose from. I struggled to pick a shade as I felt the lightest shade wasn't even light enough as it felt a bit pink toned. I went for 005 light beige which is a decent shade after you've powdered your makeup. It claims to even skin tone instantly, which I reckon it does. My skin looks airbrushed and flawless, so who can complain. I love how even it looks - I apply it with a damp makeup sponge - and the coverage is pretty high. 

As already stated, the highlight for me is the pump. This is the only foundation I own with a pump and I find it extremely helpful! I know exactly how much to pump out, and this means that I don't waste anything. However, one other thing this foundation claims to do was ensure you have better skin after three weeks of using this. I do believe this is a bit of a myth as how could you possibly have better skin from using a foundation? I can't say I've seen any improvements in my skin from using this, sadly, but apart from that, I do love the foundation.

I have been satisfied with this foundation. I feel it's lightweight enough to wear on a daily basis but it also has decent coverage. I've been using it religiously lately for concealer because I'm running low on them, and this has been pretty good at covering those dark circles! I do find that I need to set this foundation or else I'll appear shiny throughout the day but I think this is due to my skin type.

Have you tried this foundation?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sainsburys Makeup♥*

Near enough every shop has their own makeup line nowadays. From New Look to Asda, and now Sainsburys. I wasn't actually aware that they had their own line - very rarely do I go into Sainsburys - but when I was emailed about trying some products, I was intrigued. 9/10 times are the lines just as good as some makeup lines you find in Superdrug, Boots, Debenhams etc.

C'est La Vie*; On average, I'm not really a blush gal - I just never really bother. I own a few powder blushes but cream blushes are something I hadn't ever tried before this one. The first thing I noticed was how sleek and smart the packaging was - minimalistic and plain but I feel it still has pleasing aesthetics. The colour of the blush itself is gorgeous - as it's on the darker side, it will be more appropriate in the Autumn time I reckon, but as it's a cream concept, it might be better during the warmer months.

Chock-A-Block*; Lately, I have been absolutely loving bronzer, it makes such a subtle change to your overall appearance, and no complaints that it warms up my pale complexion. It's extremely pigmented and a small amount is all that is required. Even when I accidentally apply too much, it blends with ease and it doesn't appear orange toned either. I love how it warms up the complexion whilst giving definition at the same time.

Turn A Blind Eye; a beautiful golden shade with undertones of brown. It's extremely pigmented and creamy, so as you could imagine, blends with ease. It's a stunning shade, ideal for all over the lid. If you read this blog regularly, you will know I adore golden eyeshadows, so it's no surprise I adore this one. It's quite a shimmer, metallic shadow.

Blaze Of Glory; another golden shade, my love. As the first shadow, it's creamy and blendable, making eye makeup as easy as pie. It has the perfect undertones to compliment blue eyes, and can create either a basic or complicated look.

Wouldn't Bat An Eyelid; a delicate and girly lilac shade. Unlike the previous two shades, it matte, but, I feel that it isn't as pigmented which is a slight let-down. It's the perfect shadow to create a soft eye look with.

Mum's The Word*; such a pretty natural, peachy shade. I would describe it as a "your lips but better" shade. I was thankful the first time I used it as I was expecting it to be sticky, but my thoughts were wrong. For a supermarket lipstick, it has quite a colour payoff, considering it is quite a light shade. It looks lovely with a bold eye look, or paired with the most simple of looks.

The Coast Is Clear*; what more can I say than it's just a clear lip gloss? Honestly, I'm not that big a fan, and it's nothing to do with this lip gloss itself, it's just that I don't particularly like clear lipgloss. I feel they don't really do anything for me, and to put it simply, feel they're a tad boring.

I must say that I have been blown away by Sainsbury's Boutique range. As many stores have their own makeup, I feel they must be a bit "meh", but I have to say that this range is up there. The bronzer has been my absolute favourite item and have been using it every day religiously.

Have you tried Sainsbury's Boutique Range?

*PR Samples

Monday, 13 March 2017

Trying Clothing Stores' Makeup♥

Many clothing stores are bringing out their own makeup range. I fully support them and I'm always intrigued to how the quality is. New Look brought out their own makeup range ages ago, but it wasn't until recently that I first got my hands on some of the range. So far, I own two lipsticks; a nude and a red.

For a store range, the packaging is impressive. It looks sleek and sophisticated. I love that majority is matte with the matte strip and "New Look" wrote at the top of the cap. For £3.99, I believe that they look much more expensive. I know for sure that they look pretty in my collection. Also, I've noticed that the lipstick smells sweet!

Candy Pink || 71; unfortunately I cannot find it ANYWHERE on New Look's site, which is slightly irritating, but anyway. Although it's described as a candy pink, it doesn't show up as expected. It's a muted pink, more of a mauve pink. I don't suit the whole "Barbie pink" lips trend, so I was glad when it never shown up as I was expecting it to. It's not a matte lipstick but it's not necessarily glossy either - it's right in the middle of a matte and sheen finish. For everyday wear, it's a natural colour that could be pulled off with any look.

 Red || 60; as if I don't need another red lipstick, this was a last minute buy when I was making an online asos order. It was the idea that it was red and matte - I own one other matte red but needed an inexpensive alternative. It is gorgeous. A true red, just as it looks in the bullet. As it's matte, I feel that it can be a little on the dry side sometimes, which is the only down side. I never thought anything of the staying power at first. It's fair to say I was blown away. For the price, it lasts for hours, and is still almost 100% in tact after eating too.

I can't believe I was missing out on some bargain lipsticks that are seriously good stuff. I must recommend them, as although these colours might not be up your alley, but the range of available lipsticks is vast!

Have you tried the New Look makeup range? Any products you recommend?

Monday, 6 March 2017

Coco for Lee Stafford Coco Loco♥*

Keeping it between you and I, I am quite lazy when it comes to my hair. I don't really use that many hair products in my hair, and considering I use heat on it and dye it, it's still in pretty slick condition. However, saying that, I can't say no to trying out new products. Anything that smells good and works wonders gets a thumbs up from me, and if you've been a loyal reader of my blog for a while, you'll perhaps remember my love for Lee Stafford Haircare, and when I was asked to try out the Coco Loco Range, I could hardly say no.

The range has a cute, pink packaging theme going on which I adore - it looks really pretty sitting on my shelf. As you could probably have predicted from the range's name, it has a strong, dominant yet beautiful and addictive scent of coconut, which is by far one of my favourite scents ever. Whenever I use one of the products, in particular the hairspray, I can still smell it in my hair by the end of the day; no complaints.

Coco Loco Hairspray* - Hairspray is a tricky one. Sometimes they're too "wet", leaving your hair feeling dry and sticky, or they feel like they do nothing. Thankfully, this one is in my good books. Although at first it feels "sticky", it almost "dries", and you forget you even have any in. The best part is how easily it brushes out. Normally, I have to section my hair and rip out multiple hair balls just to get the hairspray out, but this one is an exception. Major love.

Coco Loco Dry Shampoo* - Dry shampoo is one of those essentials you just need to own, regardless. Therefore, it's no surprise that I adore this one. Not only does it work incredibly, but it smells delicious. Three-day hair? No problem, quick use of this dry shampoo and you're instantly blessed with luscious hair again. Highly, highly recommend!

Coco Loco Mousse* - I find that mousse can be funny. It can either work wonders with your hair, or weigh down your hair, leaving it feel sticky and dry. This is why I was so reluctant to using this at first, then just went for it. It turns out it's not too bad! It leaves my hair looking shiny, and smells amazing. Not to mention that it adds extra volume too!

Coco Loco Light Serum Spray* - I'm constantly wary of using serums, simply because I'm afraid in case they make my hair greasy. I apply a few sprays in my hair before blow drying (it actually helps to brush out the knots whilst it's still wet) and my hair feels incredibly smooth after it has been dried. Smooth, shiny and silky hair right there. It also helps my hair to feel uber healthy too so if those reasons aren't good enough, then what will be?

The Coco Loco range has won my heart; not only for it's exotic scent but for the quality of the products too. They are hyped regularly and I can't believe I haven't tried them before now!

Have you tried the Lee Stafford Coco Loco range?

*PR Samples

Monday, 27 February 2017

Mac Goodies♥

I hadn't ever tried mac makeup until May last year when my mum bought me one of their lipsticks (read review here) and I've been hooked ever since. Then, at Christmas, I received a mac gift voucher, and the excitement was all too much over what I'd spend it on. After various trips to mac, I finally settled for two of the most beautiful products in the shop - Mehr lipstick and Show Gold highlighter.

I'm not going to lie - the lipstick stand was slightly daunting to me. So many lipsticks, too many choices. After what seems like forever, and about 20 lipstick swatches later, I opted for Mehr. I knew I wanted to invest in a lipstick which is versatile enough for a daily basis, is kind of on the nude side and lasts long periods of time. Mehr is a matte formula, but, I find it extremely creamy and non-drying, and it also lasts for a lengthy period of time. It's quite a mauve shade, and is on the cooler side with obvious cool undertones. Surprisingly, this compliments my pale skin, and I know for a fact it would look stunning on darker skin tones too.

Surely you can never have too many highlighters, right? Although near enough everyone and their dog seems to praise Soft and Gentle, I felt it was too "white" for my skin tone. Then, Show Time caught my eye with it's beautiful golden undertones. You perhaps know my love for Mary Lou which is a gold toned highlight, so it's no surprise I fell for Show Time. It's iridescent shimmers are sure to glow in any light possible. The pigmentation is insane, almost blinding, and this is always the ultimate goal. I adore the design of the highlight in the pan, and I feel that the black packaging looks professional and sleek. It's a highlight which is sure to compliment near enough any skin tone to achieve the desired glow.

It did take some time to choose what I wanted, I will admit that, but I am over the moon with the items I chose in the end. They're such beautiful products which are sure to compliment everyone.

Which products do you recommend from mac for my next trip?

Monday, 20 February 2017

A Morphe 35O Lookalike Palette?!♥*

Morphe palettes, Zoeva and now Crownbrush. Such a variety of palettes with so many colours, the options are endless really. When Crownbrush offered to send me out one of their best selling palettes, I was delighted. They sent me out their 35 Colour Nude Shadow Palette* which as you can see, is full of beautiful shades, all of which are right up my alley.

All of the shades are so me - they are screaming my name. Golds, browns and warm toned oranges, what more could a girl (or guy!) wish for? One thing I happened to notice is that the warm toned oranges remind me of the ever so popular Morphe 35O palette. Each shade is different to one another; none of the browns are the same tone and the oranges all vary from shade to shade, which means no two shades are identical. There is a mixture of matte and shimmer too, creating a palette of variety. All of the shades are warm toned, and I personally like that.

I love how versatile this palette is, I can create various different eye looks. I find that at first use, the colours aren't overly pigmented - it's as though there is a layer over the shadows? - but by the second use, the colours will blow you away. Seriously. I accidentally forget how pigmented these shadows are and put way too much on my brush, but that's not a bad thing at all in my view as they blend really effortlessly and the completed look is guaranteed to always look beautiful.

I've been blown away with this palette. Course I had high expectations and it's only fair to say that they were met. If you're looking for an inexpensive palette which has lots of shadows to offer, definitely one to look in to!

*PR Samples

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