E.l.f. Cosmetics – Eyes, Lips, Face – ExTRA Lip Gloss – Brian & Brett

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Highly pigmented lip gloss, which offers a matte lip coverage in a gloss!

I was actually blown away by these lip glosses – I have used other E.l.f. cosmetics products and I’m always surprised at the quality considering their budget friendly prices – and it was the same for these lipsticks!

These lip glosses are creamy, easy to apply, non sticky and don’t make you feel tacky whilst wearing them. They have a good formula which makes them easy and accurate to apply – I hate it when gloss is so runny it’s hard to put on and drips off like a Vladamua look.

These lip glosses come in a variety of colours and it’s easy to find one to suit your tone and style!

Bottom Line: They glide on easily, and are non sticky, but due to the high pigmentation they’re not suitable for lip-toppers but are a perfect alternative to lipsticks!

Price: £3.50 at e.l.f. Cosmetics. 

Rating: *****

ANATOMICALS – Face Masks – Anti-Blemish and Mattifying Face Masks – PR

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Two cleansing face masks, that will de-grease and get rid of blemishes!

I received these products in return for my honest review – so here it is!

I decided to use these face masks together, as I had great success using the exfoliating and calming one together for an intense cleaning routine, and thought they would compliment each other nicely!

The anti-blemish mask is made up of tea tree oil, sage oil and primrose oil which soothes and calms the skin whilst removing dirt and blocked pores. This mask hasn’t got any exfoliating properties, so it wasn’t drying or abrasive but instead the oils helped deliver moisture to my skin. It did clean some of my blackheads on my nose but didn’t do much for my chin area, which was disappointing as my chin area is usually my breakout zone.

Due to the three different oils in the anti-blemish face mask, I wanted to ensure that all excess oil would be removed from my skin as excess oil for me causes a lot of whiteheads, therefore I used the clarifying mask after!

This clarifying mask uses enriched oat protein to revitalise and hydrate skin, as well as regulating excess oils giving a shine-free, matte bright complexion. This mask was very, very good! It’s either a win or fail for me with clarifying products – either it strips off too much oil, causing dryness and skin irritation or it delivers my desired results – there is no in-between. This luckily was the latter and delivered me a shine free, clear face which the following day, was not oily which reduced my breakouts overnight. I highly recommend this for anyone suffering with oily skin and related breakouts.

 

Bottom Line: A budget friendly face mask, that’s is a spot busting superhero leaving a shine free, oily face!

Price: £3 for an assorted three pack of masks at Superdrug

Rating: ****

Tarte Cosmetics – Make Believe In Yourself Palette – Unicorn Palette

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A beautiful, one-stop palette for adding a touch of shimmer and sparkle.

I got this palette while I got my Grav3yard Girl’s Swamp Queen palette, as they were both on offer. I had been eyeing up this palette since its launch as I love anything Unicorn themed, and this collection was beautiful.

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I snapped this one up on Tartes pre-holiday sale, and fell completely in love with it. It’s an eye and cheek palette, as the white pan in the middle is a silvery highlighter which glides on to let your inner Unicorn glow! It also has ten eyeshadows, one matte and the rest shimmery and glittery! They have pretty much one shade of each colour so it is my one stop shop for adding a bit of sparkle to my makeup looks.

My current favourite shades are fairy, pixie and dream, as they are very pigmented and add a lovely pop of colour to my eye shadows. The one matte shade is a salmon-pink shad called myth, which is a very complimentary shade to the other shimmery eye shadows, and can be used as an all over lid base for them.

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These shades are all individually beautiful, and each as highly pigmented as the next. This level of pigmentation allows for a lot of colour pay off for little product, which will make these last a while before you hit pan!

Bottom Line: One stop palette for all of your Unicorn shimmery needs!

Price: £37 at Tarte Cosmetics(Currently on sale for £22!!!)

Rating: *****

ANATOMICALS – Face Masks – Apricot Face Scrub & Calming Algae Face Mask – PR

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Two cleansing face masks, that will whip and caress your skin into shape!

I received this product in return for my honest review – so here it is!

I decided to use these face masks together, as I often find that any exfoliating scrub can cause my skin to get dry and angry, and apricot seed scrubs are the biggest culprits!

The apricot scrub smelt delightful, and it was very easy to use and apply it, in this packets there’s more than enough for your first application and I saved a bit to use for another day on my problem areas. The mask wasn’t as gritty as I was expecting – which is very good – I’ve found with others it’s so bitty it hurts to exfoliate with it. It was very easy to remove with a damp, warm flannel and left my skin feeling soft, yet nourished – which was a surprise as scrubs usually leave my skin screaming for moisturiser!

The calming algae face mask was soothing to my freshly exfoliated skin, reducing my redness and delivering moisture to my skin. It calmed my redness a lot more than I expected it to, usually I’m Rudolph for the next few hours – this on the other hand made my redness fade within half an hour – so I will definitely be re-purchasing this for when my redness is in overload!

Bottom Line: A budget friendly face mask, that’s very high performing!

Price: £3 for an assorted three pack of masks at Superdrug

Rating: ****

TARTE COSMETICS – Swamp Queen Palette – Grav3yard Girl Collaboration

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Well, well, well, looks like a Queen is reigning! 

I have a few Tarte Cosmetics palettes and products, and I have to say, this has become my favourite to travel with. This palette is the perfect face and eye palette due to the complimenting shades of blusher, bronzer, highlighter and eyeshadows.

This palette is the brainchild of Grav3yardGirl, who hopefully you all know of due to her unique and quirky personality, and pays homage to her home state of Texas. The palette has unique shade names such as ‘dogman’, ‘gator wings’, and ‘does this thing really work?’. If you’re wondering, yes it does really work.

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This palette boasts a beautiful gold highlight, which is the most pigmented highlighter I have ever used – it’s literally like painting my face with gold, and I love it. 

The blusher is a lovely rosy pink with gold reflect shimmer which is perfect as standalone as the shimmer is eye catching enough, or team it up with the gold highlight for ultimate glow!

The bronzer is a lovely warm brown shade, which is sadly slightly orange, so use it sparingly and not as your base contour otherwise you’ll end up a gilded tangerine…

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This palette has nine incredible eye shadow shades, which have been displayed horizontally in complimentary trios. They are made up of two light neutral matte shades and seven shimmering shadows in warm toned plums, browns and oranges. Together they are a lovely selection of base, crease and lid shades to mix and match or use the complimentary shades for your desired look. The palette also comes with a soft, closely packed brown eye shadow brush which is handy for adding the shimmer shadows to your look, as opposed to blending the shades!

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Bottom Line: Lovely, warm toned, highly pigmented eye shadow shades to create a vast array of everyday looks, or darken with the smokey shades for glam nighttime looks when teamed up with the complimentary blusher, bronzer and highligher. This is the ultimate travel palette!

Price: £37 at Tarte Cosmetics(Currently on sale for £22!!!)

Rating: *****

Anatomicals – Eye Patches – Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer

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A burst of moisture to perk up your eyes!

I received this product in return for my honest review – so here it is!

These eye patches are a lot like the TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Eye Patches, but the consistency is more like jelly, an its 3 to a pack making them each mask half the price of the Panda Patches! Instead of turning you into a panda, these patches have a nerdy name – loving the Buffy reference!

These patches are a jelly, white semi oval that you place under your eyes. It takes 30 minutes for the moisture to seep in and plump up your under eye area, creating an instant lift. They work on the same principle as the Panda Patches, they’re jammed packed with vitamin B3 to minimise fine lines and wrinkles to keep you looking fresh and youthful.  It’s this intense hydration that helps to ‘plump’ and brighten the delicate skin around the eyes!

Bottom Line: Seriously slays those eye bags!

Price: £6 at Superdrug

Rating: ***** (Cheaper than the TonyMoly and they have the same effect!)

TONYMOLY – PANDA’S DREAM – Eye Patch

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An adorable dose of Korean Skincare to rejuvenate the eyes.

I decided to try out the  Panda’s Dream eye patches after trying the other item from the Panda’s Dream So Cool… Stick and the Moisture Gel Cream, and needed a pick up from my recent late nights!

I’ve ended up with dark circles so wanted to treat myself one night, so I sat down with my glass of Prosecco and popped these two bad boys on! The patches themselves are fibre and black, making you look like a panda! It’s adorable!

The patches are saturated in bamboo shoot extract and vitamin B3 to minimise fine lines and wrinkles to keep you looking fresh and youthful.  It’s this intense hydration that helps to ‘plump’ and brighten the delicate skin around the eyes!

Bottom Line: A lovely burst of freshness, and plumping action to banish dark circles and brighten the under eye area!

Price: £4.00 at Beauty Bay & Cult Beauty

Rating: ****

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Blush Kit Palette – Radiant

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Anastasia’s beautiful foursome of stunning blusher shades.

After falling in love with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance and their contour palette, I decided to snap this palette up when I bought their Sugar Glow Kit. I’m so glad I did! I was umm-ing and arr-ing about which one to get seeings as they have a large amount of shades of blush to choose from in their triplet sets, but I decided to grab this Blush Kit to get the quad of colours.

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This kit boasts an array of pink and coral hues with added shimmer! The best thing about these shades is the fact you can mix them together to create your own peachy summer glow, or your own Barbie Pink blush.

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The powdered blush are so easy to blend and apply, you can really customise your shade by layering the different blushes or use them stand-alone. They’re also very pigmented, as with most of the Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics!

Bottom Line: The colours are gorgeous and the powder formula is so easy to use and blend!

Price: £31 at BeautyBay.com & Cult Beauty.

Rating: *****

 

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SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS – Mean Girls – False Eyelashes – Karen Smith

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Like, Spectrum just made Fetch happen!

So after the amazing Mean Girls collection debuted with the Burn Book and adorable pink brushes, Spectrum have released new Mean Girls faux eye lashes in tribute to each of the Plastics. And they’re so FETCH!

These eye lashes are made from faux silk, keeping in with Spectrum’s vegan and cruelty free ethos. The Karen Smith design is a light and wispy for a more natural finish these lashes will add length and curl, compared to their fuller volume, more intense Regina George design. They come in the cutest packaging, with the eyelashes contained in a clear, sturdy plastic container with the classic quote “You’re like really pretty”  on it to just boost your confident a little bit more!

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These lashes sadly do not come with glue – so make sure you have your trusty brand nearby!

Bottom Line:  Extremely soft, wispy eyelashes which give a natural finish to your eye makeup!

Price: £9.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: **** (Other eye-lashes in this price range, or cheaper come with glue!)