Monthly Favourites

March + April Favourites!

Since I’ve had a bit of a break from the blogging I’ve merged my March and April favourites. Doing this means it’s going to be a bit of a long one so be prepared. As I get closer to my goal of being a makeup artist I’ve really tried to branch out and try a few different things but I’ve also had to keep my personal purchases on a budget because let me tell you, building a MUA kit is by no means cheap! So although there’s a high end product or two included if you’re looking for some tried and tested cheap alternatives, you’re reading the right post! Continue reading “March + April Favourites!”

Hauls

Beauty Bay Haul + Review!

So I’m trying to save for the exciting things I have planned this year but I didn’t manage to talk myself out of a little order from Beauty Bay. I picked up a couple things that I have been itching to get my hands on!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick – Checkmate £16.00

I am not exaggerating when I say I have worn this everyday since it arrived, I am living for the colour. It stays perfectly and doesn’t wear off too much after eating/drinking. The pigment on this is just unreal, its a scarlet red and a definite staple to my lipstick collection. I am definitely getting my hands on some more shades soon!

Zoeva Rose Golden Volume 2 105 Luxe Highlight Brush -£13.00

Honestly, my highlight has never been so perfectly blended. I think it is safe to say I wont be going back to a fan brush any time soon! The brush being pointed makes it so precise but it’s big enough to blend out so you don’t end up with a weird line of highlight. The overall look of the brush is gorgeous as well. A brilliant investment purchase!

L.A Girl PRO Conceal HD High Definition Concealer – Porcelain – £5.00

I have wanted to try out the L.A Girl cosmetics for a while now and this concealer hasn’t disappointed! It’s just light enough for me and I am loving it under the eye. The only thing I don’t really like is that it has the brush attached to it which I don’t think is very sanitary and I don’t like that I can’t see how much I am applying with it. If anyone knows how to get this off without ruining the product please let me know!

L.A Girl PRO Prep HD High Definition Smoothing Face Primer – £6.00

When this comes out of the tube I think it feels slightly gritty which I found odd but as soon as you begin applying it the face you can actually feel it smoothing out your skin. I am beyond impressed with how smooth and light it feels and it does actually feel like its working which I don’t find with a lot of high street primers. There doesn’t seem to be loads of product in the tube so I will definitely be getting a back up soon!

Morphe Brushes R14 Round Contour Brush – £10.00

HOW have I never tried a round contour brush before?! This brush has changed me. It blends out product so well and I’ve never used something so precise before. The bristles are soft but firm enough to have a lot of control over where they go. I haven’t picked up another brush for contour since I started using this and I don’t think I will for a while!

Morphe Brushes M510 Pro Round Blender Brush – £8.00

I’ve got to be honest, I was expecting this to be a lot smaller because the description said precise so I was a bit alarmed when I seen how big it is. That being said it surprised me again when I first used it and with the shape of the brush coming to a point, although it is big for an eye brush it honestly is so precise! It definitely was the most effortless blending for eyeshadow ever I’m really chuffed with it.

Morphe Brushes Concealer – Khaki – £5.00

This is a product that I haven’t seen a lot of talk about, so I was sceptical to try it. The name of the shade has also confused me because it is a light shade? In all I really liked it for blemishes but it is quite a thick consistency for a concealer and I absolutely hated it under my eyes.The amount it creased up I looked like I had more bags than a shopaholic in New York.. I will definitely be continuing to use it on blemishes but a word of advice for anyone wanting to check it out, AVOID THE EYES!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Powder Contour Refill – Mink – £14.00  £4.20!

I mean.. ! What a bargain! I have a sneaky feeling that due to ABH having a UK website now the BB are not going to be stockists anymore.. I was ecstatic when I saw the discount on this. I adore my ABH contour palette and have lately been wishing there was something slightly more chocolatey in it. The highlight shade Sand had hit pan so I popped that out and replaced it with this shade. As it is such a dark colour you need to use a light hand and should only really use it  for a deep contour, definitely not a every day minimal look. It’s definitely come through for me and I now love this teamed with a bronzer for statement cut cheeks.

So that’s everything I ordered, not much but a nice mid month treat. Let me know if you have any of these and what you think!

Happy Hump Day!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

 

 

 

 

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5 Favourite Lipsticks

My 5 Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes got a lot of love! So I thought I would do the same for lipsticks. These are some of my absolute favourites..

NYX Liquid Suede – Sandstorm and  Tea & Cookies

I can’t pick between these two they’re both such beautiful colours! Sandstorm is a brown shade which is perfect when you want a slight step up from a nude. Tea & Cookies Is the best shade of pink I’ve ever had. It’s not too bright but it’s a full pink. I love this through the summer.

MAC – Russian Red Matte

My ultimate favourite lipstick ever I spoke about this in my Obssesed Vs Detest LINK I’ve brought so many and I really don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it!

Collection Velvet Lip – Mango

These are complete dupes for the NYX lip creams. They’re semi matte and really pigmented. They don’t have a brilliant staying power but the price of them means you don’t mind topping up a few times!

Rimmel Kate Matte – 107

This is such a creamy lipstick (I wouldnt really say it’s matte) and it’s a deep berry tone which is just right for winter. I live for pairing this with a gold eye it’s a favourite go to look of mine.

BD Trade Secrets – Graceful

This was actually given to me by a friend and it leaves such a clean finish. There’s no need for liner and the staying power is immense. I really wanted to pick up more of these but the brand has been discontinued. I will make this last as long as I can.

I’d love if you want to comment your favourite lipstick! 

Kisses

LeaLou xo

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Obsessed vs Detest

This is something I wanted to bring on to my blog and maybe make into a series. There are sooo many beauty brands that I really love but recently I keep picking up the odd product that I am so excited to try but compared to the other purchases’ I made from that brand I’ve been really disappointed. So below are some products from various brands, one (sometimes more, shoot me) that I am obsessed with and one that I really didn’t like and won’t continue to use. I’m not going to include photo’s of every product as a few I have thrown away but I will link what I can!

MUA

I have picked up various bits from MUA over the years and I think because it’s such a low cost brand it’s a bit hit and miss. I know they have certain collections that are different price ranges which I think is a good idea because it means people can shop on their budget.

Obsessed- I have the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Iridescent Gold which is gorgeous from the packaging to the pay off. The highlighter itself is in a beautiful swirly pattern which can  be hard to pick product up from a small fan brush but a medium size brush means there is no issue. It gives off a really healthy golden sheer glow.

Detest – I brought the MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer Stick which you are meant to apply directly onto the areas you want to highlight under or over your foundation (dependent how bold you want your highlight) and blend out. Superdrug describe this as easily blendable which I really don’t agree with. I think it stays pretty much where you put it and within an hour or so of application it dries up and goes extremely patchy. I’ve actually thrown this away now as I got so frustrated with it every time I tried to use it.

MAC

Now I really do still love MAC, I know it’s a dying fad as everyone used to go crazy for the brand but I really do still love the stuff, I recently got one of their x9 palettes in Burgundy and I love it.

Obsessed – Now this is my definition of obsessed! The Russian Red Matte lipstick is literally my all time favourite makeup product. If I had to bin my entire collection tomorrow and could only keep one product it would be this lipstick, I think I’m on my 6th one? and it’s nearly gone. The formula is lovely not too drying but completely matte with such an even finish. The colour is to die for and it lasts so well.

Detest – The MAC mascaras are so good I love how long and fluttery they make my lashes, however, the first one I ever brought left horrible stringy bits of mascara in my eye. I thought it could just be a faulty one or the type so I tried another which did the same thing so I stopped using them all together. When I got a palette from them they sent a tester of a mascara that I hadn’t tried, this also did the same thing. I’ve spent a while thinking it was just me but I have tried so many mascaras and never had this problem. Has anyone else found this with MAC mascara?

Collection

I have some staples in my makeup collection from this brand and I do think it is one of the best high street brands there is.

Obsessed – The Lasting Perfection Concealer is my favourite concealer ever I haven’t found anything better but I am up for recommendations high end or high street! I just think it blends so well, has full coverage and really brightens which is everything I want in a concealer.

Detest – Now, I do really like some of the Velvet Kiss Lip Creams from Collection but the shade Mulberry which is a really dark plum colour dries patchy and is, quite frankly, an absoloute pain in the arse to re-apply throughout the day. I have completely given up on this as a lip product however it has found a new use as a eyeliner which I love. I’ve included a picture but please excuse my unruly eyebrows!

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New Look

I’ve never really tried clothing store make-up as it just seemed odd to me that it could be any good. However I had heard some good things about New Looks new collection. My boyfriend brought me a voucher for Christmas and since I already have more clothes than I think I could ever wear I decided to try it out.

Obsessed – Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stone. This is a beautiful grey shade with a slight brown tinge to it in some lights. The staying power is amazing and I really like the gold lid packaging. I honestly will be getting more colours from this collection because I am in love with this formula. I can’t link it as it is the only colour not coming up on the website!

Detest – I picked up a Erase Eye Makeup Remover. It’s one of those where there are two liquids that don’t mix. Now, when I say this burned my skin, I don’t mean that it stung me I mean it BURNED my skin and made it really puffy after. I could possibly have had a reaction to it but this has happened every time I tried it and I haven’t been allergic to a facial product before so be careful if you try this!

So.. Let me know if you loved or hated any of these products and if you would like to see more of this type of post in future!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

 

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January Favourites

I am so so excited to be doing my first favourites post. It’s something I knew I wanted to do on my blog from the beginning. Here’s what I have been loving this month.

Fortune Favour’s The Brave Eyeshadow Palette

I wrote about this in my Makeup Revolution Review 2 – Palettes and I have honestly loved it since. It’s what I have been reaching for pretty much every time it has such a good mix of colours the possibilities are actually endless! I feel as if I could use it everyday for months and still be doing a new look every day. I love the presentation of the palette and the pigment for most of them is to die for. There is such a good variation of colours but still a scheme to it which I think is amazing. 30 colours for £9.99 is just a steal!

Tony + Guy Texture Detox Shampoo

I received this in a set for Christmas. The other product I didn’t really like which I will be including in a post soon. This shampoo left my hair feeling brilliantly soft but also so easy to style which isn’t a combination you can always get with freshly washed hair. I usually pair it with a Dove or Herbal Essences conditioner and I’ve found it doesn’t make much difference which one. I will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out (I’m currently hiding it from my mom and sister because I don’t want it to!).

Soap + Glory Sunkissed Tint Moisturiser

Now I really love to be tanned but I think fake tanning is such a pain in the arse, to be honest. I hate when it goes streaky and horrible it looks when it’s coming off. So I’d got this for Christmas and I thought it would look just like a moisturiser so I crapped myself when it came out brown! I applied it and was so happy with the result! It’s perfect if you have your shoulders or arms out and want a healthy glow. It washes right off but doesn’t go patchy if it rains or heaven forbid get a bloody drink spilt on you on a night out! It’s such a big bottle as well I can already tell it’s going to last such a long time.

NYX Liquid Suede – Sandstorm

I spoke about how badly I wanted this in my Boots Haul and it has not disappointed me! I’ve reached for it all month and I am just loving the consistency of it and the colour is lush. I fully recommend the NYX liquid suede’s to anyone and I feel bad for neglecting my others lately! They’re definitely one of my favourite lip products ever.

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

I picked this up earlier in the month because I really want to try more foundations, especially high-end if anyone has any recommendations! At first I wasn’t sure of the matte finish because it’s not as easy to blend concealer on top but I’ve found if I use a little bit more foundation than usual it’s easy. It’s also such a full coverage foundation that it completely covers some of my blemishes which is brilliant. I’ve been using this constantly now and I dread the day it runs out! It really does last a long time with or without a setting spray.

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick – Chauffer

I think one of the main reasons I am loving this so much is the fact that it’s only £3! The packaging and the colour is to die for. It last’s so long and it’s the perfect nude. It’s described as buildable colour which it really is. You can have it quite sheer or a full coverage and it doesn’t affect the feel on the lips which I think is just so clever.

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Mask

I really wanted to try and use masks more regularly, one of my new years resolutions was to take better care of my skin. I ordered this along with some others and I am obsessed with it. It really clears all the crap from your skin and leaves you feeling so clean and fresh. I love to use it on a night because you don’t want to put anything else on to tarnish your skin afterwards because it feels so clear! This has become a firm favourite in my skin care routine.

Boots Sponge Applicator Wand

I was so excited when I seen this and for some reason I forgot to include it in my boots haul. I think it’s because it very quickly became a staple product of mine. I don’t like the small beauty blenders/sponges because I don’t like the lack of grip you have. This is just like a small bb/sponge but on a wand meaning you have complete control and it works so well in the contours of the face. It’s only £4.50 and such a good tool to have! It’s a little hard to wash as it feels as if you squeeze or pull too hard it might come out but I haven’t had too much trouble with it yet.

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette – Golden Sugar

I’m going to keep this short because I did already review this palette but I have been reaching for it constantly for blush and highlight and I am just living for the glow! It does such a brilliant job at brightening the face and I can’t get enough of it.

That’s what I have been loving this month! Let me know if you have been loving any of these products or one of your favourites this month that you think I would like to try!

Kisses

LeaLou xo

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Makeup Revolution Review 1 – Lips

If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen the huge order I placed with Makeup Revolution which was farrr too big to fit a review into just 1 blog post, so I’ve separated it into three. Here is everything I got that is lips! Links are in the titles if you want to check them out yourself. There is a good variation in the colours because I needed a break from my ridiculous amount of red lips so there’s something for everyone! Continue reading “Makeup Revolution Review 1 – Lips”