What's In My Bag? | Nude Celine Dupe

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Hello Beauties!  I haven't done a 'Whats in my Bag?' post for a while now, and since I've changed my handbag since my last post I thought it was about time I did a little update. I am still using my Michael Kors Bedford Bag and love it to pieces, however it is slightly too small to fit everything I need for Uni inside, so I like to keep that one as my 'weekend bag' so that I don't overfill it with Uni bits and damage it. 

Back in October when I started this year at Uni, I was on the hunt for a large structured bag that I could fit all of my junk  important items inside and I came across this nude bag on eBay which is a blatant copy of the famous Celine bags. I know this is a little controversial as it is an imitation and theres the whole argument that copy bags take money away from the designer, however I think its safe to say that Celine was never going to see any of my money as I just cannot afford one of their bags, and as this one doesn't say Celine on it anywhere it doesn't make me feel so bad. Anyway, on to what I cart around with me on a daily basis...

I like to keep my bag pretty clean and regularly clear it out as I'm so bad for just stuffing receipts and bits of paper in the bottom, however doing this post made me realise just how much I carry around with me! Firstly, I have this little pink cupcake notebook and pens, I use this for jotting down anything I need to while I'm out and about and also if I forget to take my usual pad of paper to Uni. I also have my glasses which are just some plain black Replay ones which I got from Specsavers. I need glasses to read and if I'm looking at the screen too long, and these were just left in my bag after a day at Uni. I also have this little floral bobble from Primark which has a sort of 'bow' design to it, I just have this in there as I always want to tie my hair up when I know I've finished for the day and I'm on my way home. I also have some L'Occitane Hand Cream as I've been suffering with dry hands recently due to the cold, and a little sample of 'Coolfix' which I got in a Birchbox a while back. This may seem like an odd thing to keep in your handbag but I always like to pop a little bit on after I've had my eyebrows waxed to stop the redness and any little bumps which might appear, this stuff works wonders for that! 

I also have a little Cath Kidston makeup bag which I carry my touch up essentials in (Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Benefit Sugarbomb Lipgloss, Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Sample and Clinique Powder). I also have an almost empty packet of Soothers as I've been suffering with a sore throat recently, paracetamol as I'm always getting headaches and a large plaster as I'm the clumsiest person I know so I never know when I'm going to fall over and cut myself haha. And obviously, my car and home keys. 

Inside my bag I also have some cream Primark gloves, which were clearly a bad idea as you can see all the makeup I've got on them, god knows why I chose cream! I've also got a pink make up brush which I use to apply my powder on the go as I hate using the sponges they come with, an EOS lip balm, some hair clips and a memory stick which contains back ups of all of my Uni work as I'm paranoid about losing it! 

Last but not least, I have my purse which is this baby pink wallet from Kate Spade. This was a Christmas present this year and I absolutely love it, it's big enough to fit all of my cards, receipts and change while still being quite slim. I also usually carry my phone in my bag which I forgot to photograph, but it's a white iPhone 5S. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

The Yoso Pro | A Skincare Revolution?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying the start of a new month and (hopefully) the start of Spring! I was recently contacted by Beauty Crowd asking if I would like to try the YOSO Pro, a revolutionary skincare tool from Korea. I've been interested in trying the Magnitone/Clarisonic for a while now, and the YOSO Pro is designed to do the same thing, but without the brushes which may irritate sensitive skin, so I thought I'd give it a go and see how I got on. 

I'll explain a little bit about the product before I get into my actual review, as it's quite a complicated concept and takes some getting used to. The YOSO Pro is a 3 step deep cleaning system from Korea, which uses ion technology to help your products penetrate deeper into the skin. The YOSO Pro has three settings - cleanse, moisturise and boost - all with a maximum time of 5 mins so that you don't over work your skin. Each mode also has a intensity setting to help you really customise your experience, I mainly used this on the medium setting, as I assumed that high would be a little too much for my sensitive skin and didn't want to take any risks. 

The 'Cleanse' setting is designed to be used after you've removed all of your make up, to give you an added deep clean. The cleanse setting uses positive ions to remove fine dirt trapped in pores using the natural power of electricity and can be used with your regular cleanser or toner, so there's no need to buy anything new to use with the device. The 'Moisturise' setting uses a negative charge which allows your moisturiser to absorb deeper into the skin to for more effective moisturising. The 'Boost' setting uses a combination of positive and negative ions and is used to boost the effect of moisturisers, sheet masks and serums. Each mode also uses gentle vibrations, but nothing intense so no need to worry about it damaging your skin. 

The YOSO Pro comes with a cradle to store your device in, which I thought was quite handy to keep on my bathroom shelf, two plastic rings which allow you to attach a cotton pad to the device if you want and a charger, which unfortunately is electric, so the device can't be used in the shower like the Magnitone with its magnetic charger. 

I've been using the YOSO Pro for a while now and have had mixed results. After trying all of the modes, I found that I wasn't too impressed with the 'cleanse' mode. I use a very watery foaming cleanser and it just didn't worth with this device, as it just kind of ran off and didn't foam up as much as it would have if I'd have used my hands, and I just didn't really see any changes in my skin being clearer or brighter, etc. However, I really do like this device for moisturising. I found that my moisturiser sank into my skin a lot better and my skin was a lot smoother after using the YOSO Pro. I've noticed that since using the YOSO Pro to moisturise my skin that its been a lot less dehydrated and I've had less flaky skin around my forehead which has always been a problem for me. 

Overall, I think the YOSO Pro is great for moisturising, or if you normally use a gel cleanser or something more substantial than the milky/watery cleanser which I use. I'd say this product is more of a 'nice to have' than a 'need to have' though, especially as it will set you back a whopping £149. However if you are interested in purchasing the product, or learning more (they have a great video demo showing you all of the details of the product) then head over to the Beauty Crowd website, as they are the exclusive stockists of the YOSO Pro. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

February Beauty Wishlist

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hello Beauties! This year I've made it one of my resolutions to stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on make up which I don't need and won't use enough. Don't worry, I'll still be buying make up - this won't be the end of Lipgloss & Lashes or my shopping habit - but I want to limit myself to buying one or two things each month that I've really thought about and done the appropriate research into, and stop spending money on lots of little bits or on impulse buys. That being said, there's still a million things on my wish list so I've put a little one together so that I can live vicariously through my blog, instead of wasting my limited pennies on make up just because the packaging is pretty. 

1. MAC Matchmaster Foundation

If I buy one thing this month, this foundation will probably be it. I'm not really satisfied with any of my foundations at the moment, and they all seem to be running pretty low so after doing a bit of research into what I'm after, this foundation seems to fit the bill. It claims to match your skin tone perfectly, blur imperfections and give a soft matte finish which lasts all day - pretty big claims but 'm hoping it will live up to them! 

2. Clinique Moisture Surge

Back in the day this used to be my all time favourite moisturiser, however because of it's high price tag and my limited funds, I had to stop repurchasing it. I'm hoping that maybe next month I will be able to pick another tub of this up as it is such a brilliant moisturiser. The gel formula is really cooling and it really hydrates your skin. I also find that this product doesn't clog my pores or cause breakouts, and it doesn't make my skin any oilier than it already is. 

3. Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine Powder

I've been wanting to get my hands on this ever since it came out, but something has been stopping me, although I'm not too sure what. Having oily skin has turned me into a bit of a powder junkie, and as this one promises zero shine along with the ability to blur imperfections and conceal pores, it seems perfect for me. 

4. Too Faced Melted Lipsticks

Although I've included a picture of the entire collection, I only really want one of these to start off with (as I'm not sure how much I'll like them) but I'm undecided on the colour. I love the look of these and the little applicators they have. They seem super pigmented, hydrating and easy to apply which are all things I look for when it comes to lip products. Unfortunately, I don't live near anywhere which stocks Too Faced so I would have to order online, this has been putting me off slightly as I always like to have a good swatch of a lipstick before buying. 

5. Too Faced Blushing Heart in Peach Beach

Yet another Too Faced product, can you see a pattern emerging? Too Faced is my new favourite brand at the moment and has been since I bought my first Too Faced product last Summer. I pretty much want everything they've ever made. I really like the look of their blushing hears and this peachy nude one would be great for subtle make up looks and everyday make up, it also adds a little luminosity so its perfect for perking up dull winter skin. 

6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme

I'm not usually one for matte lips, however I really like the look of these lip cremes from NYX. Again, nyx isn't sold anywhere near me which makes it difficult as I don't really like going off other peoples swatches without seeing the product first. 

7. Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow in Sidecar

Sidecar is probably my favourite eyeshadow ever. It's one of the eyeshadows included in the original Naked palette, but I loved it a little too much and now it's pretty much all gone. I love wearing this on an everyday basis which is why I went through it so quickly, and its definitely one I will need to repurchase at some point. 

8. Lush Cosmetic Catastrophe Face Mask

I've been eyeing this mask up for a while now as it claims to sort out problem skin while also soothing and calming the skin. At the moment, my skin is going through a bit of a rough patch so I could definitely do with a little tub of this so called miracle product!

9. Lush 'Big' Shampoo

I recently got all of my hair chopped off. Well, not all of it - that was a little dramatic, but it's definitely a lot shorter than I've ever had it before and with this new shorter do has come an inclination to add volume to my hair at every stage of my haircare routine. I've heard so many great things about this shampoo and I'd love to try it out. 

10. Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

Too Faced and neutral eyeshadows? It's like a match made in heaven. I really like the Too Faced palettes like this one where they have three looks, as it makes it so simple when you're in a rush (everyday for me) and the colours in this one are so pretty! After buying the Too Faced Chocolate Bar last month, I now have a new found love for Too Faced eyeshadows so I definitely want to add some more to my collection. 

11. Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume

This one has been on my wish list for quite some time now, along with Bon Bon, their other perfume. This perfume is sweet and floral which is just what I like. If it wasn't for the price tag and the fact that I've got so much perfume its coming out my ears, I'd definitely buy this one. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Benefit Cosmetics 'The POREfessional' | Worth The Hype?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Hello Beauties! Back when I started Lipgloss & Lashes, almost 2 years ago now, the POREfessional by Benefit was one of the first products I reviewed after receiving a little sample, however as my reviews are significantly better than they once were back in the day, and I've had more time to form my opinion on the product, I thought I would review it again. I've purposely not read my old review as I don't want to be swayed by opinions of the past, and basically, it was just too cringe-worthy so if you've been following my blog from day 1 you'll have to excuse me if I repeat myself! 

Suffering with acne all through my teens has left me with huge pores which cover pretty much all of my cheeks, nose, chin and part of my forehead, so I'm always trying to conceal these to get that airbrushed look most of us long for. That being said, I've tried my fair share of pore perfecting primers, serums and masks, most leaving me disappointed, however there is one product which has stood the test of time - the POREfessional. 

The POREfessional is a pro balm designed to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for completely smooth skin, and I have to say I agree. It pretty much takes a miracle to cover my pores and this is one of the only products which does a good job at doing so. It fills in my pores effortlessly, is extremely light weight so it doesn't feel heavy on my skin and it also makes my skin feel silky smooth. It has a translucent formula and is oil free to complement all skin tones and supposedly help make up stay put. The POREfessional also contains a Vitamin E derivative which is known to protect the skin from free radicals. 

All of that is great, but the problem I have with the POREfessional is it's ability to control shine. I have extremely oily skin, so most things don't even come close to controlling it, and the POREfessional is no different unfortunately. I find that if I want to control my shine, I'll have to use another shine controlling primer on top of the POREfessional, which isn't ideal. However, this isn't a deal breaker for me. I know it isn't that helpful having to use two primers, but if you suffer from enlarged pores, I can't recommend this enough. Although, if you have dry skin with a lot of flakes then you may want to steer clear of this, when my skin is a little drier I often find this a little too powdery for my skin. 

If you'd like to try the POREfessional for yourself, you can nab yourself a free sample by tweeting #poreoclock to @BenefitUK and you will also be entered into a competition to win a money can't buy Benefit party! 

What are your thoughts on the POREfessional?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Smoky Grey Eyes with MAC Cosmetics

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The smokey eye is a look I haven't quite mastered yet, as a girl who usually opts for a neutral look or a lilac/purple look if I'm feeling adventurous, I tend to stay away from dark colours out of fear mainly - silly I know! However, on a recent shopping trip to MAC the kind sales assistant helping me with my foundation choices had the prettiest eyes and I just had to find out what she had used to create them. I was told that to recreate the look I would need one of the Pro-Longwear Paint Pots and one of the Mineralize eyshadows. 

Her eye make up was almost black with pretty blue sparkles, but as I knew I would never wear black I changed up the look slightly and went for grey. I opted for a Pro Longwear Paint Pot in 'Dangerous Curvée' which is a gorgeous shimmery gunmetal grey colour. I love the Pro Longwear Paint Pots and think that they are worth the money for their longevity alone, however if you're a budget beauty lover, the e.l.f Smudge Pots are pretty great too, and they do an amazing dupe for this colour. As for the Mineralize Eyeshadow, I went for 'Cinderella' (not part of the upcoming Cinderella collection - confusing, I know!). Cinderella is a grey shadow with the sparkliest silver glitter running through it and goes perfectly with Dangerous Curvée when patted lightly on top. If you're a lover of glittery eyeshadows like myself, then you need to take a look at the Mineralize eyeshadows by MAC they have a large range of single, duo and quad eyeshadows and I now have about 5 on my wish list after a quick browse at the counter - seriously stunning. 

You'll have to excuse the poor application of my eyeshadow in the picture above, like I said, smoky eyes aren't usually my thing and I haven't quite mastered the whole blending out of dark colours yet. Nevertheless, I wanted to show you the products actually on my eyes to give you the full effect. As you can see, both products are extremely pigmented and create quite a strong look when put together. This may scare some of you away (it did me at first!) however, I think that this look would be perfect for a night out, paired with a nude lip, if you really wanted to amp up your eyes. Now I just need a night out as an excuse to wear this look! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Benefit Boxed Blushers | My Collection

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Hello Beauties! While sorting through my makeup stash the other day, I realised that I don't think I've ever talked about my Benefit Boxed Blushes over here on Lipgloss & Lashes, or certainly not a recent one. So I thought I'd put together a little round up of my collection for you. I don't have a huge collection, as I do only own four, and there are tonnes more on my list, but I thought it might be nice to share them anyway. 

First up I have Hoola, which is technically a bronzer, not a blush, but it comes from the same 'collection' if you like so I thought I'd include it. As you can tell, Hoola has received a lot of love from me, a long with the others I own, and rightly so. Hoola is a matte bronzer which is perfect for contouring as it manages to bronze up your face without making it look streaky, muddy or orange. I do have to treat lightly with this one though as it is quite pigmented and I am seriously pale, but a light dusting of this is perfect. 

One of my first ever blushers was Thrrrob, and I still love it today. Benefit was the first brand I ever bought make up from (You Rebel was a teenage favourite of mine!) and I think Thrrrob was one of the second make up purchases I ever made, but unfortunately this blusher has been discontinued I think as I can never find it at the counters any more, so I'm clinging onto the last little scraps that I have left of this one. Thrrrob is a beautiful pink blusher designed to give you a sexy 'flush'. It's not too pigmented, although it can be built up, so it's perfect for pale people like me who seem to be unable to go lightly on the blusher (I always leave the house looking like a clown)! The closest to this one I'd say is Hervana, which I also highly recommend. 

If I had to pick one Benefit Boxed Blusher, I think it would have to be Hervana, with Rockateur coming a close second, the pink and peach tones of this blend together to create a heavenly pink colour, which is perfect for everyday wear and adds just the right amount of colour to your cheeks. I know a lot of people like to use the colours in this separately on different occasions, but personally I love to blend them all together to create the perfect pinky peach colour. 

Lastly, the newest addition to my collection is Rockateur, a beautiful rose gold blush. I bought Rockateur from Cohorted for the bargain price of £11 and I couldn't be happier with it. It adds a subtle rose gold sheen to your cheeks, and is no where near as shiny as it first appears, I'd say it was just the right amount of 'glow'. This would look gorgeous on all skin tones, but I think it is particularly pretty on paler girls like me. 

Overall, I'd really recommend the Benefit Boxed Blushers, they aren't the most pigmented blushers around, but I find that quite useful for me as I seem to be unable to use a light hand when it comes to blusher. The others on my list are Dallas which I may have to purchase this summer when I get a bit of a fake tan, Georgia which I hear they are discontinuing (somebody please tell me this isn't true?!) and Coralista, also another one I may have to purchase for the summer! 

What are your favourite blushers?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

New In | Make Up Revolution Blushing Hearts

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hello Beauties! The 'Blushing Hearts' collection from Make Up Revolution has been on my wish list since it came out last year, so imagine my excitement when these three new shades turned up at my door on Valentines Day? The Blushing Hearts collection has recently been extended to include three new shades, all of which are as beautiful as the original shades. I wasn't too sure about these blushers before, as they are clearly a dupe of the Too Faced Sweetheart Blushers, and how good can a dupe really be? However, I am seriously impressed with these blushers/highlighters/bronzers, each of them is extremely pigmented and the powders are so soft and buttery. You get way more than what you pay for with these products and I'd highly recommend picking at least one up, for the packaging if nothing else! 

Firstly Make Up Revolution has released 'Golden Goddess' which is another one of their 'Goddess of Love' Highlighters. Golden Goddess is a beautiful golden champagne colour which looks amazing dusted across your cheek bones, and I can see this becoming my go-to highlighter when the days start getting a bit warmer and Summer starts to show its shy face. The closest thing I could liken this highlighter to would be the Sunbeam Highlighter from Topshop, which I can never seem to get my hands on. It really is a beautiful product, and at £4.99 you really can't go wrong. 

Make Up Revolution has also extended their line of 'Summer of Love' Baked Bronzers to include 'Hot Summer of Love' which consists of three bronze shades - a deep shimmery bronze, a light shimmery bronze shade and a light golden shade which has a sort of duo chrome finish to it when swatched (unfortunately this didn't show up on camera). When blended together, they make up a gorgeous bronze colour which I think will be perfect for the Summer when that dewy bronze look returns full force. 

Lastly, Make Up Revolution has also added 'Peachy Pink Kisses' to their Blushing Hearts range. Pink and Peach blushers are my favourite to wear, and I can never go without blusher, so this combination of the three was literally made for me. The blusher consists of a peach shimmery shade, a light pink shimmer shade, and a pink toned highlighting shade which create a gorgeous light peach shade when blended together and really add some extra dimension and life to the cheeks. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

* Post contains PR samples

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige | Review

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well, recently I've been suffering with a bit of a cold/sore throat kind of thing which has left my skin looking a bit lifeless. With this in mind, I've been really into dewy make up and anything that will give my skin a bit of a glow. So when I was asked if I would like to try some of the Bobbi Brown Make Up from Harrods, I knew instantly that I would be going for the Shimmer Brick. 

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige is made up of five gorgeous neutral shades, all of which have a champagne/golden shimmer running through them. It consists of a white, pink, taupe, champagne and brown which are all equally as beautiful swatched individually, and when combined make a gorgeous champagne beige colour which is perfect for highlighting the cheek bones. I chose the shade 'Beige' as I liked how universal it was, it's not too pink or bronze, so will look great with everyday make up looks to add a gorgeous glow to the skin all year round. I also chose the shade Beige as I knew that it would also make a lovely neutral eye shadow palette. Each of the shades are highly pigmented, soft, creamy and blend out effortlessly, making it the perfect highlighting and eyeshadow product - and you've got to love a multi-use product!

The Shimmer Bricks come in the beautifully sleek black glossy Bobbi Brown packaging, like all Bobbi Brown products (apart from any limited edition collections) which I think is just so classy and pretty. It also comes complete with a generously sized mirror, so perfect for touch ups on the go. 

The Shimmer Brick is the first Bobbi Brown product I've ever tried, and I can tell you now that it definitely won't be the last. I'm so impressed by the quality of this product, and it definitely beats any of the drugstore dupes out there for it, so it's worth spending a few extra pounds to get the real deal in this case. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

New In | The Birchbox February Slim Box

Monday, 16 February 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying what is left of February, honestly this year is going so fast that I can't keep up! Anyway, I have an exciting new launch to tell you about today - the new Birchbox Slim Box. Birchbox have cleverly realised that although some of us love subscription boxes, what we don't love is missing the delivery and then having to wait until were off work at the weekend to collect it from the sorting office. Luckily, my postman always tries to re-deliver when I'm in as our sorting office is miles away, but there's nothing worse than knowing you've got a parcel and having to wait to collect it! The Birchbox Slim Box is designed to fit through your letterbox so there's no need to be waiting in line at the Sorting Office on a saturday again! All you have to do is opt for the Slim Box option when you sign up to a Birchbox subscription here

Februarys box was 'Love is in the Air' themed, clearly to coincide with Valentines Day, and I think it was a really cute theme, anything pink is always a winner with me though! 

The first product I saw when I opened the box was a sample of theBalm Cindy-Lou-Manizer. I've only ever tried theBalm once before when I picked up one of their Balm Shelter lip glosses, and that product is still a firm favourite of mine, so I was excited to see a product from theBalm included in this months box. The sample is pretty tiny however, so I think I may have to use this as an eyeshadow instead of a contouring highlighter like it's supposed to be. 

The second product that fell out of my box was the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner in Black, and how cute is the packaging for this? I love the black and gold polka dot theme! Cynthia Rowley isn't a brand I've heard much about but since testing out this eyeliner, I will definitely have to check out some of the other products from the brand as it's brilliant. Although it's a pencil liner, which isn't my liner of choice, this eyeliner as a smooth formula which glides onto the skin effortlessly, and it has some serious staying power. 

This month I also received the T-London Darjeeling Hand and Body Lotion, again not a brand I've really heard of but it smells quite nice and fresh and the sample size will be useful for overnight trips. I also received a large sample of the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo. Other than the famous Cleanse & Polish, I haven't really heard much about Liz Earle so I'm excited to see if this works wonders on my hair. Lastly for the beauty bits, was the Caudalie VinoPerfect Radiance Serum, I actually received this in last months box also, and while it is nice, I would have liked to receive something I hadn't already received, or at least something I hadn't received for a few months. 

February's lifestyle choice was this sachet of Oats + Chia, in the mixed berry flavour. I expected this to be a lot like the mixed berry express porridge I sometimes have for breakfast, so I put it to the test with high hopes, but unfortunately I just don't like Chia! However, I am possibly the worlds fussiest eater and I know Chia is quite popular at the moment, so there's no reason why you won't like this product! 

What did you think of the February Slim Box?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Make Up Revolution Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatch

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hello Beauties! It seems, as usual, I'm late to the party with the whole Make Up Revolution thing as I've never tried any of their products! Make Up Revolution hit the blogging world by storm last year with their inexpensive high end dupes, but as they aren't sold anywhere near where I live I held off purchasing any of their products because you can never be sure of colours and quality when purchasing online. However, I was recently contacted by Make Up Revolution asking if I would like to try out some of their new products - more on that later! 

One of those new products is the highlighting palette, which comes in two shades, the highlighting palette and the radiant lights palette (Which I hear is a great dupe for that Hourglass palette). I was sent the pink toned tone to test out and I have to say, I'm seriously impressed with the quality for the price. The palette comes with three of Make Up Revolutions most popular Vivid Baked Highlighters - a cream highlight, a pinky champagne highlight and a more pink toned highlight which could be used as a highlighting blusher if you've got pale skin like me. 

Each go the highlighters are quite powdery, and they aren't as soft as the MAC highlighters I own, however when you take the fact that the price of three highlighters from Make Up Revolution are still cheaper than 1 highlighter from MAC into consideration, it's hardly a deal breaker. Despite being quite powdery they do blend into the skin well to create that flawless glow that so many of us long for. 

The palette retails for £8, which makes each highlighter worth £2.60 which is a complete bargain! This palette can be purchased from the Make Up Revolution website here, and also from selected Superdrug stores across the UK. 

Valentines Nail Art with Just My Look

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and looking forward to Valentines Day, whatever you have planned. Today I've joined up with Just My Look, who sell discounted beauty products and pretty much every nail polish you could ever want, to bring you some Valentines Inspired Nail Art. Now, I'd just like to point out before I crack on with the designs, that I am in no way a nail technician or nail artist - In fact I'm pretty rubbish when it comes to anything nail related. That being said, I gave it my best shot and have come up with three different designs. 

This first nail art look is probably my favourite out of the three, but it also took me the longest. I wanted to go with the grey and pale pink theme but I also wanted to test out a couple of designs, so I've gone for something different on each nail. All you need to create all of these looks is a roll of masking tape and a cocktail stick which are all things which can be found around the house. First, I painted all of my nails with OPI I Theodore You to get the pale pink base. To create the glittery design on the thump, I just used a cocktail stick to flick some of OPI Cement The Deal across my nail, then used another cocktail stick to flick some of Sally Hansen Big Money in the gaps. I got this idea from back when I used to get nail art put on my acrylics and it's super easy to do. 

To create the stripes, I just cut some pieces of masking tape, placed them where I wanted the stripes to go and then painted OPI Cement The Deal across my whole nail and waited for it to try before removing the masking tape. To create the dots on the next finger and my little finger I just used a cocktail stick and dotted them all over my nail. To create the heart, which is my favourite design, I used a cocktail stick to dot two grey circles on my nails, then used the same cocktail stick to drag the dots together which then creates a heart shape. This is actually a lot harder than it looks though, and it took me about three attempts so patience is key! 

This second look is the easiest from the three, and definitely the one for you if, like me, you're terrible at nail things. To create this look, I firstly painted all of my nails with OPI Euroso Euro which is a beautiful navy colour. Then to make the flower designs, I just used some nail stickers which I picked up from Superdrug for around £2 and stuck them in the corners - easy peasy! I love this idea as it literally takes seconds but it looks like you've spent way more time on your nails. You can also use whatever colour you want underneath, I'm currently wearing this look with OPI I Theadore You from the first design. 

For the third and final look I attempted to do the whole ombre nails thing, and as you can see by the photos, I pretty much failed miserably. However, that's not to say that you won't do a better job than me - I'm just not great at doing these kinds of things! To create this look I painted the colours that I wanted for an ombre effect onto a sponge (after looking at hundreds of tutorials on Pintrest!) and just pressed the sponge onto my nails, finished it off with a top coat and voila! The colours I used were OPI I Theadore You, OPI Thats Hot Pink and OPI Koala Berry. 

What do you think of these designs? If you try any of them out for yourself, please tag me or send me a photo as I'd love to see what you create! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

A Little MAC Haul...

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

mac haul, mac mineralize eyeshadows, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac lets skate paint pot

mac haul, mac mineralize eyeshadows, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac lets skate paint pot

mac haul, mac mineralize eyeshadows, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac lets skate paint pot

mac haul, mac mineralize eyeshadows, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac lets skate paint pot

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well, I'm in the middle of writing my dissertation at the moment so things are pretty crazy and stressful for me, and it's crazy to think that I only have a couple of months left at Uni. I can't say I'm sad about this, it's been a long 4 years and I can't wait to get out there into the world of work and go back to earning my own money again! Anyway, back in January while I was supposed to be revising for my exams, I popped into MAC to pick up a sample of their Matchmaster Foundation as I wanted to fully try it before I spent nearly £30 on a foundation, however as you can probably see by the photos, I didn't exactly stick to that plan and ended up leaving with much more than I intended to - but that's always the way, right? I'm blaming this one on revision stress, and the fact that I hadn't had a proper splurge in MAC for a while, so I deserved it maybe (or thats what I'm telling myself!). 

Like I said, I originally went in to pick up a sample of the Matchmaster Foundation. I'd heard great reviews on how it's brilliant at controlling oil without making your face look flat, and that it's great at adapting to your skin tone, so there's less chance of those awful orange lines that can sometimes appear. I haven't had the chance to give this a proper go yet, as I want to try it on a day when I'm really busy with less time for powder touch ups - that way I can really put it to the test, so I'll have to update you all on that one. 

The main reason why I ended up spending so much was the lovely lady who served me. She had beautiful dark glittery eye make up and I couldn't leave without asking her which products she had used. She kindly told me that she'd used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot and then used her finger to dab on 'Cinderella', one of the Mineralize Eyeshadows, on top to create the glittery look. I'm a huge fan of glittery eyes and although her make up was a bit dark for my liking, I did take a look at the Mineralize eyeshadows and didn't leave empty handed. If you've been a reader of my blog for a while now then you'll know I'm a big fan of purple eyeshadows, and I've been looking for a purple quad which also contains a browny purple shade for ages now with no luck, until I saw 'Great Beyond'. It's not your average quad, as the shadows all blend into one (a lot like the new Hourglass palettes) and the shadows are a little smaller than your average eyeshadow quad, but this really doesn't bother me as I rarely finish an eyeshadow quad completely. The palette contains everything you need for a day look, smokey look, night time look and all of the shades are soft and pigmented with the most beautiful glitter. This is like my dream quad, and I already have my eye on 'Pink Sensibilities' from the same line! 

I also picked up another Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade 'Let's Skate' to use as a base with the Mineralize Quad, which was a completely unnecessary purchase as I already have 'Chilled On Ice' which would have worked perfectly, but I guess I was feeling spendy. Let's Skate is a gorgeous light pink colour with golden reflects running through it which looks beautiful either on its own, or with other eyeshadows layered on top, which is mainly what I use it for. I love the Pro Longwear Paint Pots as they really do help my eyeshadow to last and the glittery/shimmery ones are just so pretty. 

While I was there, I also repurchased one of my all time favourite lipsticks, Lovelorn. I could hardly go to the MAC counter without looking at the lipsticks and at the time, me and my Mum were the only ones in the store, so I took this rare opportunity to have a proper look at the lipsticks without herds of teenage girls pushing and shoving me. Despite, having the lipsticks all to myself, I still managed to come home with one I already owned, but in my defence my old Lovelorn was getting a little low and looking sorry for itself, and as it is my favourite, I had to make a repurchase. Lovelorn is a beautiful mid toned pink which just looks gorgeous with any make up look. If I don't know what lipstick to wear, 9 times out of 10 I'll opt for Lovelorn and I think it's a shade everyone should own!

That's everything I picked up in MAC this time, although there will hopefully be more MAC products on their way to me in the near future if I like the foundation samples, especially as the foundation would take me just under the limit for free deliver, so I'd have to pop a lipstick or an eyeshadow in my basket to keep it company...

Lots of Love,

Becky x x 

Make Up Forever Matt Velvet + Foundation | Review

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Hello Beauties! Another product which my parents kindly picked up for me while they were in Canada  way back in December was the Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation. I've been wanting to try this foundation forever as I'd heard so many reviews on how brilliant it was for oily skinned girls like myself. 

As I had to try and colour match myself online, I went for number 15 which is one of the lightest shades in the range. I opted for number 15 as thats the shade I have in the MUFE HD Foundation and it's a perfect match for me, however I've found that the Mat Velvet + runs a lot lighter than the HD foundation, so if you're colour matching online - be warned. In all honesty, I should have really picked up either number 20 or 25 as this is just way too light for me and leaves me looking very pale and ghostly, but lesson learned - next time I'll go for a darker shade! 

Another thing which shocked me when I opened this up was the size of the bottle. This thing is tiny, however it does contain 30ml worth of product which isn't too small for a foundation - even if it does make the price that little bit more eye watering! Anyway, size aside I really like the packaging of this product. It's light weight, small and portable so its great for chucking in your handbag for touchups or if your travelling. It's also plastic which, although isn't as luxurious, is a lot better for me than a glass bottle as I'm just so clumsy. The bottle is a squeezy bottle with a thin plastic nozzle, which makes getting the exact amount of foundation you want really easy. I always look for this in foundations now, as I don't really see why companies think it's okay to charge £30+ for a foundation that doesn't come with a pump of some sort, yet drugstore brands can offer a pump for a fraction of the price. Rant over. 

But did it live up to expectations? The short story is yes, it did. I've tried my fair share of matte foundations over the years in an effort to combat my oily skin, but this offering from MUFE is by far the most mattifying. I often find that some matte foundations can make my skin appear chalky, but the Mat Velvet + has the ability to mattify my skin without making it look flat or chalky. The matte effect also lasts for hours, something which I find difficult to find in foundations. If you have oily skin then I'd definitely recommend trying this one out. If you're a dry skinned gal, then I'd recommend staying away from this foundation as it does have the tendency to cling to any dry patches that I may have.

Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised with this foundation, which is always nice after you've just paid an arm and a leg for a high end product! I do have to mix this in with other foundations though, due to my little shade mishap, which does affect the longevity of it - so next time I'm stateside I will definitely be picking this up in a shade or two darker!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

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