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Shopping My Sample Stash!

I have quite a substantial number of sample size products, many that I don't use and say I'm keeping for a rainy day or holiday away. As a holiday away seems pretty unlikely at the moment, in today's post I decided that I would try to do a whole face only using sample sized products.

Sample Size Face of Makeup

Above you can see all of the samples I used for a full face. First up I decided I would use the Benefit Triple Emulsion moisturiser to prepare my face for makeup, it creates a lovely base especially when my skin is t its driest. I thought I'd use the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer because sometimes it is good to glow. Now that small Lancome tub actually contains a sample of the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 0.5, the lady at my counter didn't have an Urban Decay pot. But anyway I used a beauty blender to apply this and I've found you have to be careful which primer you use as it did not sit well with Benefit's POREfessional, if I remember rightly she said the foundation is water based so can slip off. My brows only needed a small amount of taming which Benefit's Gimmie Brow did perfectly, I finally got round to plucking my brows so brow mascaras are now my best friends! A quick flick of the Kat von D Ink Liner in Trooper, (I say quick, we all know it takes about five attempts and clean ups,) and a slick of Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara. I dusted the rather cute Too Faced blush over my cheeks using my RealTechniques blush brush and added Highbeam on my nose, cheekbones and brow bone, (I was certainly glowing!) To finish I used NARS' Orgasm lip gloss to add a little sheen. 

Overall, the finished look was quite glowy I'll admit. However, I did like it and it was definitely more travel friendly than my usual routine. I would definitely consider taking a selection like this if I was travelling, I just like my home comforts, (aka massively long makeup routine!)

Beth x

Create a Makeup Palette (Without the MAC Price Tag!)

I love my MAC palette, however I do not love its price: £10 a shadow is not particularly friendly to your bank balance. My quad is currently sat with only three shades but I can't currently justify buying another! Luckily though, there is a solution to this in the form of Makeup Obsession, a budget friendly, customisable palette system.

Makeup Obsession Palette

The way this works is you first buy a palette to fill. They come in numerous finishes and capacities, I chose a 6 as otherwise I could just keep spending more and more on the shade range. Currently you can choose to fill your palette with eyeshadows, cream and powder highlighters, contour and blush shades. I have seen on their Instagram that there may be some brow powders and lipsticks on the way which is quite exciting. The eyeshadow pans are a lovely £2 which you can definitely justify when you see how they swatch. The contour, blush and highlight shades are slightly more at £3 a piece but it's not going to hurt your bank balance particularly much. 

Makeup Obsession Palette

My palette so far cost me £8 for shades and £6 for the palette. I chose the highlighter in Bare as I love bright inner corner shades to really open my eyes. It also will definitely work as a cheekbone highlight as it glows especially on pale skin. The stunning purple shade you see was definitely an impulse buy... I mean just look at it! It's called New York and I don't have another purple like it. Apparently purple shadows are notoriously difficult to formulate but Makeup Obsession were right on the money with this one. Finally after my fun colours I wanted something sensible, a classic transitioning matte brown so I chose Bourbon Brown, it isn't as fun as New York but it's definitely functional.

Just look at the pigmentation in those shades, especially that highlighter. It's just dreamy really and it is going to be used to death, I might have to pick up a backup so I can always have it with me! There's no doubt that I'll be back to finish this palette and then create another face and brows one, I might even do a giveaway with one as they're just amazing really. Let me know if you have any favourite shades as I just don't know which to get yet!

Beth x

LoveMeBeauty: Kat von D, Charlotte Tilbury, Nuxe

It is beauty subscription time again on the blog today and it's a good one. LoveMeBeauty went all out on the Valentine's Day edit, they called in the big guns: Kat von D, Charlotte Tilbury (!!) and Nuxe. I was overwhelmed with the selection and if you can still get your hands on it do it now!

The offering from Kat von D included two shades of their Studded Kiss lipsticks: Mercy and Underage Red, their much loved Tattoo Liner in Trooper and three shades of the Lock it Concealer (which I didn't get as I was to undecided on which shade to get.) Charlotte Tilbury offered up a selection of 6 Kiss Pockets in the Hot Lips, K.I.S.S.I.N.G and Matte Revolution. Each came with 3 different shades which are perfect for testing a *very* expensive lipstick before you buy. The Nuxe selection included the Reve de Miel lip balm, the cleanser as well as a hand cream and detox gel. All in all it was the best selection I have ever seen from the subscription and the bag is adorable!

Now what did I go for. If you've read my blog for any amount of time at all you will almost certainly have heard me complain about my dry lips, so of course I chose the FULL SIZE Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm and it is heavenly. At first I wasn't a fan of the scent but because of the results I am able to look past it because it is actually helping my lips. It has a thick consistency which actually moisturises them; get ready for an individual review soon.

From Kat von D I thought I had to try the Tattoo Liner because I love my eyeliner a hell of a lot and felt tip liners are the easiest for me to work with. I'm not going to use it yet though as I still have the Kat von D Ink Liner from a previous LoveMeBeauty Edit. I also went for another Studded Kiss lipstick and I decided on the vampy looking Mercy, which in the bullet looks quite purple.

Finally, I went for something from Charlotte Tilbury. I suppose a part of me was hoping for a mini lipstick but alas the Kiss Pockets had to do and I chose the Matte Revolution set which had the shades Amazing Grace, Very Victoria and Red Carpet Red. I don't think these will feature in a post of their own but maybe I'll do a best products to take travelling? 

LoveMeBeauty has retained the best subscription ever status, mainly because you choose what you want so there are no disappointing surprises or a perfume vial (we've all been there.) Don't forget, always check Groupon for amazing deals on subscriptions to LoveMeBeauty. It will help you justify such a great service.

Beth x