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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

10 Days of MUA - Day 4 - £4 eyeshadow palettes

Top left: Glitter Ball Top right: Undressed Bottom: Poptastic
Know what I love even more than a fantastic eyeshadow palette? One that costs just 4 quid. And when I say fantastic I’m not saying it in a “this is fantastic for the price” way but in a “I’d happily pay 3 or 4 times the price for this because the quality is brilliant and I love almost every shade”

There are 9 colour options in this configuration and I currently have 3; 2 of which I use all the time and the 3rd is for when I fancy a fun bright look (you can probably guess which one I mean)
A few swatches from Poptastic
The Undressed and Poptastic palettes are a mix of shimmery and matte shades and Glitter Ball, well, as the name suggests it’s all about the shimmer! But I have to point out that it’s not that horrid chunky glitter that reminds me of arts and crafts projects in primary school but a grown-up glitter that looks pretty, subtle and does a nice job of catching the light

Texture-wise these are extremely finely milled but not super powdery so there isn’t much fall-out and the colour is easily blended

Overall I can’t really fault these and if I wasn’t on a spend-as-little-as-possible-for-a-whole-month challenge I’d definitely pick up a few more

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hands down the best concealer ever

My skin is being particularly mean at the minute; no matter how well I treat it it insists on plaguing me with pimples, dark circles and dry patches. Whilst I was getting ready this morning I reached for my Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer to help banish the first two and realised it’s one of the products that I’ve used consistently for the longest time

About 8 years ago I was browsing an Estee Lauder makeup counter and the assistant (Sales advisor? Beauty consultant?... I have no idea what they’re actually called) asked if she could do my makeup. She was full of brilliant advice on what makeup I should be using and the best ways to apply it and the end result so was fantastic I bought almost everything she used, which happened to include this concealer and I’ve had a tube in my collection ever since
Swatch of the lightest shade - Light 01
There are 8 shades available from light to extra deep and I’ve always used the lightest shade. The thing I like best is how it manages to cover well but isn’t dry or cakey like most medium-full coverage products

I can use it under my eyes without worrying about it gathering in the fine lines, though for me the under eye area is more problematic in terms of darkness and discolouration as opposed to serious lines so I can’t really say the same for someone who might be battling a lot of wrinkles in the same place
Blended out so it covers but still looks like skin
Thanks to the great pigmentation I can also use this to cover blemishes as a small dab of it hides the redness easily and the texture is still skin-like so I don’t have those horrid cakey lumps that I get with other concealers

The doe foot applicator makes this easy to apply and the 7ml tube lasts me months even though I use it almost every day. At £21.50 it’s not cheap but for someone like me with acne prone skin and a terrible sleeping pattern (hence the dark circles!) I’m happy to splurge on it because I know it always does the trick :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

10 Days of MUA - Day 3 - Awesome highlighters for £3

Good evening all, hope you're having a lovely week so far :) I'm just about to have pizza and watch an episode of The Walking Dead  but with the highly likely possibility that it'll turn into a bit of a Walking Dead marathon I figured I best post this first...

Out of the 10 MUA products I'll be posting these are definitely one of my favourites, in fact it would probably be easier for me to tell you what I don’t like about these highlights, which is precisely nothing. They were a bit of an impulse purchase when I was shopping in Superdrug a while back and every time I use them I newly impressed by the quality.
Left: Iridescent Gold Right: Shimmer highlighter
I don’t really favour a shimmery highlighter and my everyday go to one is the gorgeous and (shimmer free) baked highlighter in French Vanilla by Laura Geller but over the last few weeks I’ve found myself reaching for these more n more.
When the light catches these they look gorgeous but not overly shimmery
The packaging is fairly simple - probably not a surprise considering these cost £3 each - but the product is moulded like whipped cream or  pretty folds of silk material which is think is super cute.

The texture is  fine and not too powdery so goes on exactly where you want it and doesn’t create a big glittery mess like lots of similar products. Though, as is always the case with shimmer face products I find this can make my pores look massive if it gets too close to the apples of my cheeks but if I restrict it to the very tops of my cheeks, under my eyebrows and inner corner of my eyes then its grand

With the particles of glitter in this being so finely milled this gives a satin finish to the skin which I think most age groups could get away with; even just as a highlight for the inner corner and beneath the eyebrow these are definitely worth having and with 7.5 grams in each one I think I'll still be using them this time next year

Joy ♥

Monday, 1 September 2014

10 days of MUA – Day 2 – Super pale foundation

OK so I’ve given this a lot of serious thought and I think we need to just go ahead and cancel Mondays. I mean what are they for? As far as I can tell they’re really just a form of extended torture that drag on and on. And on. Not to mention the fact that everything goes wrong on Mondays. If we use today as an example everything basically covers my jeans not buttoning (definitely need to cut down on the chocolate) dropping an open jar of coffee on the kitchen floor and my dog Bernard rolling in, ahem, something in the park which resulted in an unscheduled time-consuming and revoltingly smelly bath

In the spirit of not dwelling on things let’s forget about what a rubbish day this has been and discuss some makeup instead :)
You ever buy a product and find it does pretty much the exact opposite of what it says on the tin? Well this is one of those. On their website MUA say this “offers a medium to full coverage and is suitable for any skin type. It gives your skin an even-toned glow and visibly gives a soft healthy radiant finish, the formula contains light-diffusing particles leaving your skin feeling refreshed and luminous all day.”

Now with a description like that I was expecting a thick textured creamy foundation with a hint of shimmer or glitter that would give a high coverage dewy sorta finish, so I was a bit surprised to find this is a really fluid foundation that gives a light to medium coverage and is completely matte. So matte in fact that I can’t use it when my skin is dry as it tends to cling to dry patches and look a bit claggy and unpleasant.

This foundation only comes in 3 shades but what really impressed me was just how light the porcelain version is. As someone with milk bottle white skin it can be really hard to get shades pale enough but as you can see from the swatch of this next to the extremely light Dior Forever (shade 010) its super light
Left: MUA Undress Your Skin in Porcelain. Right: Dior Forever in 010
Because the texture of this is so fine and fluid it blends easily and looks very even on the skin (apart from those pesky dry patches!) and I’ve found it lasts well too; I don’t need to worry about my t zone looking like an oil slick after a few hours. If you happen to have normal to oily skin and have been on the lookout for a cheap light to medium coverage foundation this could be just the ticket, not least of all cos the £5 price tag is very reasonable and the tube is handy for squeezing out just the right amount – not always easy with a pump or standard bottle that you have to pour from