Monday, 4 June 2018

A Mini Superdrug Haul

Okay so first of all - long time, no blog! I can't believe it's been over a month since I last blogged... time has definitely gotten away with me! But I'm back now and I thought I'd go a little old-school with a trusty Superdrug haul. I rarely get a chance to have a proper look in Superdrug so when I do I can't resist getting a few new bits. I picked these up a few weeks back and thought I'd run through them all, as some are old favourites and others are new additions to my beauty stash.

Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

This golden bottle has been an essential in my skincare regime ever since I first tried it a few months ago. I always pick it up whenever I find it on offer (which seems to coincide with whenever I run out, woo!) and I can't see me choosing anything else to take my makeup off with any time soon. It smells great, a little goes a long way and it gets rid of all my makeup, leaving my skin feeling super soft and squeaky clean. It's for sensitive/dry skin and for around a fiver I really don't think you can go wrong. 

Real Techniques Brush Crush 301 Foundation Brush

This beautiful brush was on offer when I picked it up and you guys know I just can't resist a bargain. It's limited edition and is a really large fluffy brush which seems quite dense, so I'm hoping it will give a good amount of coverage. Plus, look how pretty it is? I don't think you can go wrong with Real Techniques, every brush I've ever bought from them has always been amazing so I'm pretty sure this will be too. I'll let you know how I get on once I've given it a go!

Mitchum Flower Fresh Deodorant

Okay, perhaps not the most exciting of purchases but one I feel is definitely worth a mention. I spent years trying to find a deodorant that smells nice, lasts well and actually works, and for me the best one has got to be Mitchum. I've tried both the spray and roll-on and I prefer the roll-on as I just think it works better for me. The Flower Fresh scent is really nice and it claims to give 48 hours protection, which is everything you want from a deodorant. I never use anything else! 

Sleek Rose Gold Blush

This blush is just beautiful - if you're looking for a dupe for Nars Orgasm, this is it. I've used it on and off for years now, although I usually struggle to find this shade in-store. So, when I stumbled across it a few weeks back I had to pick it up. It's a gorgeous, shimmery rose gold that looks incredible with a tan, and so is perfect for summer. A little bit goes a long way so for £4.99 I think it's an absolute steal. 

Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Mask

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, and Garnier's sheet mask offering in particular is one I've been seeing everywhere. So, for £2.99 I thought it was worth giving a go. I picked up the 'Super-Hydrating Glow-Revealing Mask', because my skin has been looking pretty tired lately and who doesn't want a gorgeous glow? I tried the mask out and have to say, I'm really impressed. It left my skin feel so smooth and soft, looking more energised and just all in all was a nice, mess-free face mask experience. 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Spring Beauty Wishlist

6. Too Faced Natural Face Palette

Judging from last week's weather, we're finally in the midst of spring. The blossoms are blooming, birds are singing, and my spring beauty wishlist is growing by the day. I don't know what it is about this time of year, but the change of seasons always inspires me to upgrade my beauty routine, switch up my makeup bag and treat myself to some new beauty bits. 

That being the case, I thought I'd put together a little wishlist post of the things I'm currently lusting after beauty-wise. Some of the things I've included are new out, others lend themselves to the season of spring and some are perfect for prepping for the best season of all: summer (most notably Panasonic's IPL Hair Removal tool - it's officially legs out weather!) 

First up, the product everyone is talking about at the moment: Isle of Paradise's Tanning Drops. As a tanning addict myself, I'm desperate to try these as I'm hoping they will solve my recurring pale-face-bronzed-body dilemma. You mix them with your night-time moisturiser and in the morning wake up with a gorgeous golden glow. They come in three different shades and if I bite the bullet and get myself a bottle I'll whack a review up asap. 

Next up - quite possibly my favourite thing about this time of year: Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess collection is back. Well, it's almost back. I've linked to a waiting list so you can be the first to hear when the collection drops. I remember being gifted Estee Lauder's Heatwave highlighter way back when and it disappeared from the Bronze Goddess collection a few years ago, only to reappear in made-over packaging not so long ago. I missed out on this last year (it sells out straight away, trust me!) and refuse to let that happen this year.

I spied this cute Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Matte Lipstick Set recently and feel like it's the perfect gift for spring birthdays (what is it about spring and birthdays? I honestly have so many people to buy for over the next few weeks!), plus I really want to try ABH's lipsticks. 

Another great thing about this time of year is that it's time to bring out the bronzer and get that glow on. Too Faced have the cutest bronzer I've ever seen in the form of their Unicorn Tears Bronzer - I need it in my life! Speaking of golden glows, Benefit recently released Gold Rush, their latest box o' powder that is said to give the most gorgeous peachy rose gold flush. I'm desperate to try this out! Speaking of gorgeous flushes, I just had to mention this new palette from Too Faced, part of their Natural collection. It features a selection of stunning highlighters, bronzers and blushes: everything you need for a pretty spring glow. 

Of course, as we embrace spring and prepare for summer, it's all hands on deck in the shaving department. Whilst I love the warmer months, I've got to say that shaving my legs is one thing I could really do without. It's so damn time-consuming! So, I thought it would be pretty apt to include Panasonic's at-home IPL Hair Removal gizmo because it basically sounds like what I've waited for all my adult life. Basically, it zaps your hair away and the more you use it, the less hair you get and the smoother you become. It definitely beats shaving every other day when legs out weather rolls around!

Finally, I couldn't resist putting this in because I am so intrigued/irrationally excited about this product. GlamGlow has released a trio of MY LITTLE PONY face masks. With actual real life GLITTER in. Yeah, you read that right. The selection of GravityMud masks is exclusive to ASOS and comes in three different colours to lift and firm the skin. Who sad all mud masks had to be an ugly grey/green colour?!

What beauty products are you lusting after this spring? Let me know!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs Review

As it's Easter weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a review of the incredible new Surprise Eggs from I Heart Revolution? When the postman brought me these babies a month ago, I was so excited to give them a try. Available in six different varieties, I Heart Revolution's Surprise Eggs* feature five eye shadow shades each, along with two highlighter shades. All for just a fiver! 

I was lucky enough to be sent all of the six eggs and I'm honestly in love with them all. The eggs available are Dragon, Rose Gold, Gold, Mermaid, Unicorn and Angel. There is an egg for everyone, with Dragon being a beautiful mix of fiery coppers and reds, Mermaid a mix of bright blues with a gorgeous gold, and Gold a mix of stunning gold and brown hues. My personal favourites are probably Dragon, Rose Gold and Gold, as these are the shades I find the most wearable (and I'm really into coppers and reds at the minute!). 

I was really impressed with the quality of both the eye shadows and the highlighters included in these little eggs - both are really pigmented and blend beautifully, giving serious colour pay-off. I also like that there is a good mix of mattes and shimmers in these palettes, so you can create a whole host of different looks with the eye shadows. The highlighters are also really brilliant - I love that you get two shades in the palette so you have a bit more choice, and the finish of some of the highlighters are so beautiful, although I did find them a tad powdery in comparison to others I've tried. For the ridiculously low price tag, however, I don't think you can go wrong with these beauties! 

If you're looking for a new palette, fancy trying these out or are looking for a last-minute Easter pressie that isn't chocolate, I wholeheartedly recommend these. They are so unique to any other makeup product I've tried, are really compact so easy for travelling and are incredibly affordable too. I absolutely love them! 

Have you tried the new I Heart Revolution Surprise Eggs? Let me know your thoughts! 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer: Is It As Good as Shape Tape?

If you know me, you'll know I'm always on the hunt for the next best concealer and so when I heard all the hype about a certain new offering from Revolution, I had to give it a go. 

Touted as a dupe for the Queen of all concealers, Tarte's Shape Tape, Revolution's Conceal & Define concealer is available in a huge range of 18(!!) different shades in varying tones, and costs just £4. Yes, you read that right - just four quid will get you the concealer that everyone is talking about right now. 

After seeing a multitude of YouTube beauty gurus raving about it, I hopped on over to the Superdrug website and purchased three of the concealers. Why three? Well, because I wasn't sure on my shade and also I wanted to get a darker colour for contouring, as this concealer is meant to be great for that too (hence the 'conceal AND define' name). 

I have to admit, the first thing I noticed when I received my concealers was how little product you get in them. They contain just 3.4ml of product, in comparison to Tarte Shape Tape, which has 10ml inside. However, Tarte's offering does cost a whopping £28 (+£3.95 P&P) so I think we can forgive Revolution for this. 

Colour & Coverage

The applicator of the Revolution concealer is pretty much identical to Shape Tape's - both are a decent size with a spongy tip, and allow you to perfectly apply concealer under the eye. In terms of thickness and coverage the two are very similar: both are very thick yet easy to blend and give a gorgeous, brightening finish. Revolution definitely wins when it comes to colour range thanks to the 18 shades, against Tarte's poor offering of just six. 

I definitely think it's worth heading into the shop to take a look at the shades of the Revolution concealers - obviously as there are 18 to choose from it can be quite tricky deciding your shade just from looking online. Also, it's worth noting that whilst the shades start at C1-C18, with C1 being the lightest, they don't necessarily work in order of lightness. I picked up C5, C6 and C13 (for contouring) and swatched them in order below. 

As you can see, C5 is actually a fair bit warmer than C6, which I think is my perfect shade. It's worth bearing in mind that some of the shades are warmer toned whereas others are cool or neutral, so unless you know your skin tone I'd probably suggest taking a trip into the store and trying some shades out before buying. C13 is a really nice shade that I think is perfect for contouring - just bear in mind that a little goes a really long way!

Conceal & Define vs. Shape Tape

Whilst Revolution's concealer definitely wins in terms of shades, and is incredibly similar to Tarte's in terms of coverage and consistency, I do think that Tarte Shape Tape has the edge, just. I find I have to use a bit more powder with the Revolution concealer as it doesn't set as well and the coverage is not quite as good as Tarte's. However, there really isn't a lot in it and when you consider the price and the ease of actually getting hold of these concealers Revolution's Conceal & Define is a much more affordable option. 

I definitely think if you're considering trying Shape Tape, try Conceal & Define first because chances are you will love it. I have been reaching for Conceal & Define for every day wear and then wearing Tarte's Shape Tape for nights out, but I doubt I will repurchase it once it runs out when there is a much cheaper alternative out there!

If you'd like to see the concealer in action, I recorded a little video of me testing it out in comparison to the Shape Tape here

Have you tried the new Revolution concealer? Let me know what you think! 
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