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25 April 2015

Have you ever just applied a nail polish and been so blown away you found yourself staring at your nails every few seconds to see if the colour really is as awesome as you remember? Well that was me with MACs Rebel nail lacquer (£10/10ML). 

MAC describe this shade as a midtonal cream plum, I'd describe it more as a bold deep purplish berry... that's a lotta descriptive words I know! One thick coat or two thinner coats and this lacquer gives full opacity and I tend to get around three days wear out of this polish before chipping, which is actually pretty good for me.

The best part though...  it also comes in a lipstick too which will be perfect for Autumn. A girl has to plan ahead right?

What have been your favourite MAC shades lately?

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18 April 2015

So I've finally finished off my oil-free miniature that I got in a Smashbox Try It Kit and I liked it so much I bought a box of 3x 12ML bottles containing the plain oil-free, luminizing and hydrating version. The first thing I've noticed is that for some reason Smashbox miniatures are better value than buying a full sized product at RRP. A 30ML bottle of primer would tend to cost £25, however 3X 12MLs cost the same... eventually all those extra MLs add up!

These bottles are the perfect size for holidays, you only need a small pea sized blob for your whole face and the whitish oil free version does a fantastic job of controlling shine as well as blurring the skin to give a blank canvas. The texture is similar to Benefit's Porefessional, it goes on like a gel but then feels soft as talc when on the skin. The luminizing and plain oil-free primer are fragrance free, the hydrating version however has a slight artificial smell, I just can't quite describe it, it's kinda like the scent of nail polish.

The luminizing version has a lovely bronzey tone and is perfect for tanned skin. The colour doesn't tend to show up under foundation. So far my favourite of the trio has to be the white oil-free version, however this set is a great buy if you don't know what type of primer your looking for or are going on vacation and want a selection.

Have you tried any other Smashbox products recently?

Just incase you were wondering :D 
I bought this product with my own money and all opinions are true & my own. I'm not affiliated with Smashbox in any way! 

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12 April 2015

I'm always on the lookout for new products that will help me the perfect makeup look in a minimal amount of time and last December I stumbled across the Boolavard temporary eyeshadow transfer sheets. I have seen different variations of this product and been quite intrigued.... Who wouldn't want to have a perfect smokey eye in 10 seconds right?! 

The packaging is fit for purpose but nothing more than that, each sheet is single use and you get 5 pairs for £2. I only have 3 pictured here as I gave 2 to a friend to try and I'm still awaiting the verdict.

As you can see from the pictures above, this product didn't really work for me. On blending the shadows out I ended up with two grey shimmery panda eyes and there was a lot of fall out from the strip. All in all, this won't be on the repurchase list and I will stick to the old fashioned brush & powder technique.

Has anyone else tried eyeshadow transfers?

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4 April 2015

Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Palette £7.99

Hoorah, it's Easter... Happy Easter Everyone!
This has to be one of my favourite times of the year. I have fond memories of dying & painting hard boiled eggs then rolling them down hills with pals, making Easter bonnets and alas, waiting for the Easter bunny to visit. This year I opted for treating myself to a Bourjois bronzing and highlighting palette for a less calorific choccy treat.

This chocolate smelling powder is the perfect shade for my (medium, yellow) skin tone, When contouring I apply the darker powder down my temples, under my cheekbones, down the side of my nose and across the top of my forehead. The bronzer is buildable for contouring or light enough to sweep all over the face for a subtle tan. The highlighter has a subtle pinkish iridescence mixed in with gold sparkles, which I usually pop along the tops of my cheekbones & brow bones. On days when I wish to emphasise the highlight, I layer it on top of a creamy highlighter (high beam is great for this) and this ensures it will last most of the day without the need for a touch up. 

This palette is definitely worth it's price tag, particularly if you are new to contouring as it won't leave you streaky with one swipe of your make up brush and the products buffs out easily. I personally like my highlighter to contain more pigmentation than this kit offers, but all in all, This palette manages to give the illusion of dewy, sun kissed skin.

Did anyone else opt for an alternative to chocolate this Easter?

Just incase you were wondering :D... 
I bought this product with my own money, I am not affiliated with Bourjois and all opinions expressed are my own.

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