ABH DIPBROW DUPE – FREEDOM BROW POMADE

Hello Sunshines!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Monday so far 🙂

One of the most hyped products on the internet is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. Don’t get me wrong… it’s a beautiful product and deserves the hype… it works SO WELL. However, it’s expensive and exhausting if you are trying to get it to the UK.

So, I’ve been trying to find a decent dupe for a while now an been struggling as brands in the UK don’t seem to have caught on to the Brow Pomade trend. Much to my surprise, I was in Superdrug last week and saw a Freedom Make Up stand with pomade8962953642014 that had a huge variety of shades for £5. I hadn’t really heard of Freedom Make up before, but for that price, I could not resist.

The product is PHENOMENAL. Seriously just as good as the dipbrow. I would say it’s slightly easier to work with in all honesty. The pigment is fab, it glides on like a dream and lasts all day. Cannot recommend enough!

REVIEW: Kylie Lip Kit

After MONTHS of trying, I finally managed to get my hands on a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit. I got the shade ’22’ and it is oh, so pretty.

Firstly, I’ll talk about the ordering and shipping experience.

If you want one of these lipsticks, you have to be FAST. She announces restock info on her app, usually no more than 48 hours in advance. They usually sell out in 10 minutes flat and the website will crash about 2 minutes into the restock, so make sure you know which colours you want before the restock time. As you’re going through the checkout process, it will likely crash several times. Whatever you do, do not start from scratch. Just be patient and keep refreshing the page when it happens, otherwise you will lose your spot in the queue and probably not get a lipstick.

Delivery charges are fairly reasonable. Within the US, I believe they ship for $8.95. I had mine shipped to the UK for $14.95, so about £10. Shipping took nearly two weeks which was okay, I guess, since it was coming from LA. The really annoying part was that it got to Heathrow, London within two days, but took a week to get from London to Suffolk. When it does arrive, if you are having it shipped to the UK, it will go straight to the post office as you have to pay custom fees – which is annoying. The consists of tax (about £2 per lipstick) and a Royal Mail handling fee of £8.95, which really pissed me off. So beware, if you’re ordering to the UK – it will cost £20 to get it to you. Order in bulk with other people if you can.

Anyway, to the lip kit! It consists of a liquid lipstick and a really nice lip pencil, which is pretty reasonable for $29. I got the shade ’22’ and absolutely LOVE the colour. It’s definitely taken place as my new favourite shade. The lip pencil goes on incredible smoothly, it’s a really beautiful, creamy formula. Then comes the liquid lipstick. It’s heavily scented, like candy. I really like it, but be wary if you’re not a fan of scented products. It’s super pigmented and dries very matte, super fast. It feels incredibly lightweight and almost like you have nothing on. It lasts well but does start to disappear on the insides of your lips, as a lot of liquid lipsticks do. It is a really great product, but I’ll be honest and say it’s not my favourite formula.  For me, the Balm are amazing and LA Splash lip couture, but the Kylie Lip Kit is a close second and I will definitely be repurchasing!

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Drugstore foundations…

So, finding a good foundation is hard, but finding one at a reasonable price is harder. I’ve been putting a bunch to the test to see what I could find out. I have pretty problematic skin, so was looking for coverage and durability. Work is so busy, I ain’t got time for touch ups so I need something that will hold a minimum 12 hour wear. Anyway, here are the ones I tried and what my thoughts and feeling were.

Revlon Colorstay – £12.99 RRP

Okay, I’ve talked about this one before but it is LEGIT. Like honestly, the coverage is fantastic, it gives a demi matte, satin finish and it does not budge. It has no flashback and still looks pretty fresh after a day’s work. So impressed, so good. Definitely my favourite drugstore foundation by far. They have two formulas for day/oily skin and they both work wonderfully.

L’Oreal True Match – £9.99 RRP

I actually really love this. This is definitely full coverage and goes completely matte. It has a teeny weeny bit of flashback, but for every day use, it’s wonderful. It blends into the skin really well and lasted me for for a good 8 hours before going shiny. Tip: sometimes I mix this with the revlon colourstay, and the result is FLAWLESS.

L’oreal Lumi Magique -£10.99 RRP

Okay, I was expecting this to be terrible, but it actually was pretty impressive. It’s a lot more matte than I expected, with the kind of luminous finish that Nars Sheer Glow has. I was expecting a ton of flashback, but again, it was kind of impressive how little there was. It wore really well, got to just over 9 hours when I started going shiny.

Bourjois Healthy Balance for Oily Skin – £10.99 RRP

I know this gets raved about, but I HATED this foundation, like actually hated it. The coverage was awful, I hated  the way it sat on my skin, it was super shiny and never really set. Lasted about two hours before I had to add powder. Horrible stuff.

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid – £7.99 RRP

 If you have dry skin, this stuff will work really well. If you have oily skin, avoid it like the plague. It’s super light and dewy with a gorgeous finis. Medium coverage but will only give a few hours of wear if you have anything but dry skin.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude £8.99 RRP

Don’t waste your money. It’s like the opposite of dream matte mousse but just as awful. It’s thin and watery, patch, has a very light coverage. Super shiny. HORRIBLE.

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation £8.99 RRP

I’ve done a review on this before, but it really is good for all skin types. Coverage is great and it makes you look super healthy. Absolutely gorgeous.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Sticks – it looks like boots once sold them online???

Okay, I don’t think these are available in the uk, I picked some up in NYC. These little things are bizarre. The have a centre of powder and claim to be super matte, but they really aren’t. They never really set and the foundation slides around the face, really unimpressed. However, they very useful for contouring/highlighting. I picked up the darkest/lightest shades for this and they work really well for this  but I would never use them as foundation alone.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation – does anyone know where to get this in the UK?

This was another one that I picked up in the US (Covergirl, please pop over to the UK). Sadly, the colour I picked up is slightly too pink, but is an absolutely fantastic foundation. The coverage is phenomenal, it gives a flawless finish to the face and does not move all day. Honestly, next to Colorstay, this has got to be my next favourite base. It doesn’t last quite as long as Colorstay, but gives it a good run of their money.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Any products I’m missing out on?

Benefit steal alert! £93.70 of products for £29.50.

   
 Hello lovelies,

 I apologise for being a little quiet on here recently. Life has been hectic but here we are. 

Anyway… benefit have just brought all they’re Christmas kits and there is one in particular that gives unbelievable value for money. The kit in question being the ‘Little cheeky party’. In this kit, you get some of benefit’s most popular blushers/bronzers/highlighters plus a mini version of mascara and liquid eyeliner. What’s so brilliant is that you are getting nearly full sizes of all the blushes/bronzers. You get a full size of Rockateur which is my favourite anyway. That usually costs £23.50, so in theory, you are getting all the other products for £6. This is a fantastic bargain if you want to vary up your blush/bronze/highlight collection or just add to it. The quality of these products are fantastic, they blend beautifully into the skin. Below is the breakdown of prices so you can see where I got the figures from.

Sugar bomb 12g £23.50 – kit gives you 6g £11.75

Hoola 8g £23.50 – kit gives you 5g £14.69

Dandelion benefit 7g £23.50 – kit gives you 4g £13.50

Coralista 8g £23.50 – kit gives you 5g at 14.69

Rockateur 5g – £23.50 – kit gives you 5g £23.50

Watts up 9.4g £24.50 – kit gives you 1.5g £4

They’re real liner 1.4g £18.50 – kit gives you 0.36g at £4.75

They’re real mascara £19.50 8.5g – kit gives 1.5g at £6.90

Total value of products – £93.70

Much love,

Lucy xox

Mac Face and Body Foundation

Hello lovelies!

Okay so there are like a gazillion reviews on this. It’s one of the oldest an most loved foundations out there. It’s a staple of most make up artists and there is a good reason why.

Firstly on the texture, over never felt a foundation quite like it. It starts off incredibly watery, but the more you work it the thicker and more stable it gets. Do not apply this with a brush or a beauty blender, you will waste product and not achieve the desired effect. You really need to work it into the skin with the heat of your hands until it builds up slip and dries out. What you’re left with is the most beautifully sheer, dewy finish with a beautiful glow that still looks like your own skin. You can certainly build this foundation to medium coverage at a push but full coverage is impossible. The whole point is to make your skin look like skin but at its best. It looks absolutely stunning when photographed. If you’re looking for a full coverage feel, you can layer it with other foundations. If you have a matte foundation that you want to liven up a bit, you can layer this over the top. It terms of longevity, it does not budge. You may need to touch up with a little powder at the end of the day, but it lasts all day. It’s a brilliant product and will worth getting the 120 ml bottle providing you don’t need full coverage. If you have the money, it’s a lovely addition to a full coverage foundation. Go, go, go!

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Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Cleansing Pads

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This is going to be a quick one but I recently decided to try out these cleansing pads and they are UH-MAY-ZING. I’m sure you are sick of me going on about NIP+FAB and how much I love their stuff but their products really, really do work. These pads are absolutely brilliant for taking your make up off. They remove even the stealthiest of mascara and leave your skin feeing squeaky clean, healthy, hydrated and refreshed. Cannot recommend enough, go buy!

MAKE UP BASICS – Brushes!

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Okay, so this is a long time coming but I want to continue my Make-up basics post and talk a little bit about brushes. Just to re-iterate, this IS a basics post. There are literally hundreds of
different types of brushes that you can buy but this should get you started.

1. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge /Beauty Blender

These little things are LEGIT. Seriously, you can pick them up for a couple of pounds and they are so multi purpose it hurts. I use the one from Real Techniques but there are so many dupes and options that are just as good! KIKO do some handy ones. Don’t get duped into spending more than 5-6 pounds on them though, I’ve seen them as cheap as £1 and they’re all just a shaped sponge so do the same thing.  They can be used for foundation, primer, concealer and even cream blush. They make your make up blend perfectly, if you’re going to buy anything, this is it. TIP: Use the sponges wet. That way the sponge won’t absorb the product being used.

2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Sadly, this brush is only available as part of their core collection set (which I thoroughly recommend and is usually on offer) – It is fantastic for applying foundation and really building up the coverage which can be a little tricky with the sponge. Dab your foundation all over your skin and then buff it in with your buffing brush, Repeat as necessary, it really could not be easier. If you don’t want to buy the full set, their expert face brush is very similar.

3. Real Techniques Blusher Brush

Very simple but brilliant. Perfect build to apply powdered blusher, the application isn’t too heavy but easily buildable if you’re looking for a bright pop!

5. Real Techniques Concealer Brush

This is a GODSEND. I love this brush. It is angle perfectly so you are easily able to cover all of those pesky blemishes and works beautifully with for under eye. I use this with liquid and cream concealer and it works a treat!

5. Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush

Sadly, this brush is only available as part of their Duo Fibre Brush set (which is lovely), but their regular eye brush is very similar and works well. This just gives a slightly more delicate application. The duo fibres in the brush allow a really airbrushed finish, perfect for a pretty nude or a night-time smoky eye.

6. Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush

Sadly, this brush is only available as part of their Duo Fibre Brush set (which is lovely) but the standard powder brush is fab, the application is a bit heavier. The duo fibre a help stipple your powder and provide a really light, airbrushed finish instead of caking it all on. It’s a gorgeous brush that helps to provide just the right amount of coverage whilst keeping your make up set all day long!

The Core Collection set can be bought here: http://www.boots.com/en/Real-Techniques-Core-Collection-1403_1252038/.

The Duo Fibre Set can be bought here: http://www.boots.com/en/Real-Techniques-Limited-Edition-Duo-Fibre-Set_1333699/

Hope that helps my lovelies, keep smiling!

xoxo