WishList Illamasqua 2014

Tuesday, 25 February 2014
So I was browsing through the many blog posts on bloglovin' and came across quite a few wish lists and thought about how many products I would love to have. This then spiralled into a series of blog posts! Enjoy...

First in my wish lists is Illamasqua! A brand I haven't yet had the chance to try, but I have heard so many good things about, from so many people.

Skin Base Foundation - White Ideal As A Highlighter - £27.00
I think a white foundation is a great idea as I have so many foundations too dark for my skin. This would mean I could use some of my other foundations by mixing them with this..

Blush Up Brush - Blush Brush - £28.50
This brush looks unlike any other I have seen. I think it'll be good for blush and also contouring because of it's shape!

UV Glow Nail Varnish - Paranormal Bright Pink - £15
This looks so cool! It's an amazing bright pink that glows under a UV light, perfect for partying!

False Eye Lashes - NO.14 - £12.00
These look perfect for going out, they are so dramatic without  being too bold.

Lipstick Sonnet - Cool Peachy Nude, Matt Finish -  £16.50
I am in love with nude lipsticks at the moment and this looks like my kind of colour. You could pair it with so many glosses!


L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

Sunday, 23 February 2014
I have seen countless numbers of Micellar posts and reviews and wanted to see what all the hype was about. When it comes to taking off my makeup I'm not great, its usually wipes without any moisturising, cleansing or toning after. (Bad I know...) But after I bought this a few days ago I am starting to get the skincare buzz!


In Superdrug I saw that L'Oreal's 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (£4.99) was on offer with a 1/3 off, meaning I obviously had to get it.  The amount of post about this I have seen is huge, some with rave reviews others not as impressed.
The label on the front of the bottle claims to:

  1. Dissolve Make-Up
  2. Unclog Pores and Remove Impurities
  3. Tone and Sooth Skin
The description on the back of the bottle says:

'3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution - Used by makeup artists, this solution feels as gentle as water on your skin but acts like makeup remover, toner and skin soother all in one.'

'Purifies and Soothes - Swiftly dissolving all traces of makeup, the micellar solution acts like a purifying magnet on the skin's surface to capture and draw out excess oil and impurities rather than spreading them around your face like some wipes, can. so gentle, skin feels soothed and toned. No alcohol. No perfume. Hypo-allergenic.'

'Application and Usage - Apply using a cotton wool pad onto dry skin . Hold over the lashes, lids and lips for a few seconds then just  sweep away. No need to rinse or rub. Use morning  and evening. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.'

I do like this product, but I don't think that it feels like water as it has a slightly oily feel to me. However, it doesn't put me off the product at all. I find that it takes off all my well, but when it comes to mascara it takes a while, and a few cotton pads too. But it does eventually get all my makeup off, and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed.
The packaging is nice, it's quite minimalistic, with a few hints of pink on the label. I would prefer the cap to have some sort of 'stopper' type thing instead of nothing so it won't spill easily. It's quite thin meaning you can pop it into a bag easily. I would love to see a travel mini of this. Not only would it be cute, it would also be really good to take away with you. I think this is amazing, it has really made me start cleansing, toning and moisturising after taking my makeup off. Everyone should try this!
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Starting Out Starter Kit MakeUp

Friday, 21 February 2014
I know I am not the most experienced when it comes to makeup and I don't have all the expensive brands etc.. However I have been blogging for about 2 years, (you can really tell the difference between posts!) So I've decided to do my makeup starter kit, with all the products I think would make a perfect starter kit! All items are drugstore as I remember not having much money to spend when I first started out!
When you're starting out in makeup you might think that it's full coverage or nothing! You will probably be not too bothered at which brand, and won't know your skin type, so these are both products that I think would be good for anyone.
Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation (£6.99) is quite a low coverage, perfect for a first foundation. It also comes in 11 shades meaning you should, quite easily be able to find one that matches you. This foundation is also good because it lasts quite a while too!
Rimmel's Stay Matte (£3.99) is a powder I only picked up a few weeks ago, but it is now a firm favourite. It is really good at controlling shine, and would make a good first powder. It has a really silky feeling on the skin and is very lightweight.
As for eyes neutrals are probably the best way to go when you're starting out. Mascaras are a must have for me, if it's a non make up day then mascara is all I need to make me look awake!

This MUA trio of eye shadows in Chocolate Box (£2.50) is beautiful. A shimmery pink, for all over the lid, a shimmery off white, for highlighting the inner corner, and also a shimmery brown, for the crease. These colours go so well together and are really basic shades that can create the prettiest of looks. Rimmel's Retro Glam Mascara is brilliant! It adds volume whilst lengthening too. It claims to give a false lash effect which to a point it does!

When I first got into make up, I only wore light pinks like Sugar Frosting by Revlon (£8.99.) Light colours add a nice amount colour without going too far out of your comfort zone. Lip products like Revlon's lip butters are really moisturising, so look after your lips at the same time as giving them colour. I always carry a lip balm, this one is a Maybelline Baby Lips (£2.99,) they all smell gorgeous but this is my favourite by far!
Blush is not for everyone, but I have included two to give a recommendation to for those who would like it. MUA's Mosaic Blush in English Rose is a beautiful shimmery pinky purple, that gives a subtle blush to your cheeks. The Collection Blush & Highlight Duo (£4.19) is a really useful product, as it is 2in1. Cream blush is quite easy to use and blend so ideal for a starter kit, as it comes with a highlighter as well its great value for money!
I can't live without makeup brushes now. However it was a different story when I started. I had none, but now wish I had. My suggestions for beginners makeup tools are all very useful. Poundland's Angled Blush Brush (£1.) This is perfect for blush as it helps distribute the product evenly. This egg shaped sponge is like the Beauty Blender, but mine is by Models Own and comes in a set of 2 (£8.) These are really good at applying foundation, cream blush, concealer etc. I'd recommend using this for foundation as it gives a really nice flawless skin finish for me. Finally is an eye shadow brush from Avon (£5.) It's double ended so you get a shadow brush and smudger. The shadow brush is great for distributing shadow all over the lid. The smudger can be used to soften shadow in the crease.

I really hope you liked my MakeUp Starter Kit and I would love to know what would be in your starter kit!
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Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Wednesday, 19 February 2014
As mentioned in my last post, I picked up a new foundation to try: Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation (£8.99) in 110 Ivory. After using it for about a week I thought I'd review for you!


Before buying this foundation I have been swearing by Rimmel's Match Perfection as a base. Match Perfection is quite a low coverage foundation on me, and it is not quite the flawless coverage Rimmel make it out to be either. However it does match my skin tone!

Choosing a shade from Revlon's colour range was a big gamble for me. Mainly because Nearly Naked is £2 more than Match Perfection, so I didn't want to get a product I couldn't use. After a lot of testing on hands, face, wrist etc I picked the lightest shade: 110 Ivory.

The packaging for The Nearly Naked range is quite nice and Spring like. The white lid contrasts nicely to the product inside of the glass bottle. Because of the glass bottle, the product is quite heavy, but shouldn't break too easily as the glass is quite thick.

I am never sure whether having a pump dispenser is an advantage. On the one hand you can get the right amount of product out, but on the other hand you can't necessarily get all of the product out of the bottle. This foundation has no pump, so won't be everyone's favourite. (You could buy a pump to put in if you really can't stand foundations without.)
On to the product itself. 110 Ivory matches me almost perfectly, which I am very happy about. The formula is quite thick and when it is applied it feels really smooth and satiny. It's thicker than my Match Perfection but a little goes a long way in this case. It gives me a nice amount of coverage and lasts around 8 hours on my skin. It doesn't have a highly perfumed smell, to me it smells almost like yeast when you're making bread!
Overall I think that this will be my new go to foundation. On me it does look like I'm wearing make up, so if you are wondering whether to buy it you might want to take that in consideration. However if you are planning on getting  a new drugstore foundation, this is one of the best I've tried!
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Haul Drugstore Collective

Monday, 17 February 2014
I went shopping in Reading a few weeks ago to get a few things I 'needed.' Of course Boots and Superdrug were first on the agenda. I also can't resist Primark at the best of times, oh and then there is the Avon rep, (we all know where this is going...)
I got a mixture of makeup and one hair item. I decided to put them in a collective haul because they are not all from the same shop, and because I thought it would be fun!
The first item I got I actually needed! I can never find a hair tie when needed, so 40 from Primark (£1,) should keep me going for a while...Hopefully!
I knew that Primark did false nails (£1,) and I wasn't sure whether to try a set or not in case they weren't very good. However, I could not resist this set! How cute are the little cats, there are no words on how much I love these! The glue it comes with is not the best so I used another which I had already! The range of styles they have is extraordinary as well, everyone needs some!

My last set of eyelash curlers came to a sticky end months ago, yet I have only just managed to get a new pair.  I saw these in the Beauty bit of Primark and for £1 (I think,) and picked them up cause for so little, what did I have to lose?
During my shopping trip I was hoping to pick up a few Benefit goodies, sadly after a disappointing 'makeupper' and some awful customer service I didn't get anything. (If you would like to hear more please let me know!) Instead of  a Benefit foundation, I decided to take a chance with Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation (£8.99) in 110 Ivory. It was a gamble on which shade to pick as in the drugstore, I'm going to review this ASAP so stay tuned!
After my Andrea Fullerton nail art pen dried up *sad face* I waited a while to get another as Summer was over and rules on nail polish were back in action. When I saw this NYC Nail Art Pen (£2.99) n Superdrug I picked it up to see if it was as good, and although it doesn't have a dotting tool it's definatley similar.
And then my Avon rep came round. It was always going to spell bad news! However I did manage to find a perfect product for my brows! Anyone who is blonde knows the struggle of trying to find a close enough match, but I did it, I found one! It's Avon's Perfect Eyebrow Kit (£7.00.)

Look how cute this lipstick is! The imprints on the actual product are amazing, they are what made me buy it to be perfectly honest. The colour is quite nice and certainly wearable everyday. This is in the colour Smoochable (£2.50,) how cheesy...
 This was in the clearance, so I had to get it, didn't I. It is a non retractable eyeshadow pencil in Aquamarine (£N/A.) I'm not a fan of the name as its more bluey to me but the product itself is good.
Finally is Avon's ColorTrend Lip Stix in Reddy To Go (£4.50.) I already had one in Gone Pink and needed another. These are one of the best smelling products I have ever come across, a really strong fake cherry smell!
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Smoochable, Aquamarine, Reddy To Go
Reddy To Go

So that's it till next time! Hope you enjoyed!
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