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Friday, 27 February 2015

Forever a Rebel

MAC Rebel // £15.50

Let's be honest we all love a MAC lipstick - they are expensive enough that you feel like you're getting a right treat but cheap enough that you don't feel a massive dent in your bank account. I have officially found my favourite MAC lipstick.
MAC's Rebel glides on like a dream with it's perfect pigmentation and leaves you with the most perfect of vampy pouts. It can be sheered out for a berry kissed lip or layered for a deep bold lip. I love the satin finish because it doesn't dry my lips out. 
If you find MAC lipsticks to expensive then I actually found a pretty good dupe for Rebel that cost just £1 Makeup Revolution's Rebel with Cause - it's not as good only because it doesn't apply as seamlessly and requires a bit more effort but definitely worth a buy. 

See almost identical!!
Top // MAC - Rebel
Bottom // Makeup Revolution - Rebel with Cause
What's your favourite MAC lipstick? 
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Foundation // Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude in Ivory

I didn't have a clue about this foundation the first time it caught my eye in the aisles of Superdrug. Half an hour of internet searching later and I realised that most of the UK blogging world was oblivious too. That was a good few weeks ago now.
Maybelline describe this as an ultra thin, fluid-touch formula that evens and perfects skin with complete natural looking coverage. 

When I tried this out initially I was really disappointed - it was cakey and clung to even the slightest of dry patches despite it's thin consistency. 
I tried it out again obviously because you can't just let these things go to waste but this time I exfoliated, used a thick moisturiser and primed. Well I was very pleasantly surprised. The finish was beautiful, it lasted all night and felt lovely on the skin. You know when you touch your face and it feels like velvet?!
This is definitely not a foundation that you can chuck on in a hurry if you don't have perfect skin to begin with but I think it's worth the hard labour.
The finish has a slightly powdery feel about it with a light to medium coverage - I wouldn't attempt to try get this to a full coverage as it would almost definitely cake up on my skin.
If you have extremely dry skin or acne I would avoid this foundation like the plague. 

The bottle is very fancy and looks more expensive than it is but the little dropper is a bit of a pain in the back side (I found myself just wiping it on the back of my hand) and you only get 20mls worth of product, 10mls less than the average foundation. I would say the bottle was the reason I purchased it - I'm a sucker for packaging so well done for the packaging Maybelline.
This is what it looks like on the skin - 
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude  only £5.99 at the moment.
Would I be in a rush to go out and buy this again, probably not but that could  change and I will be sure to let you if I do change my mind. Maybelline normally isn't friendly when it comes to pale skin, this foundation although not a perfect match is actually a decent colour when blended out a bit down the neck - maybe Light Porcelain would have been a better match.
The foundation has lasting power for sure as I don't need to touch up at all so that's a plus point. Overall this foundation is good but I can think of 5 foundations off the top of my head from the drugstore/high-street that I would prefer to buy before this.

Have you tried this? If so, what were your thoughts?
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Monday, 16 February 2015

Tanning Tips


PREP 
Before applying your fake tan you have to prep the skin - this will stop your tan from getting patchy and scaly
The day before applying your fake tan
Take a shower or bath
While bathing/showering, exfoliate paying extra special attention to elbows, knees, hands and wrist. 
Now it's time to shave, I like to do this the day before because tan tends to stick in my pores if I tan immediately after shaving. 
Once you're done in the shower apply a thick moisturiser.
The day of tanning
Take a shower or bath 
Have another little exfoliate just to make sure all the dead skin is definitely gone. 
When you've done, moisturise your feet, ankles, hands, wrist, knees and elbows with a light moisturiser. 
Give yourself about an hour for your pores to close and the mosturiser to sink in. 

APPLICATION
Grab yourself a tanning mitt or a pair of plastic gloves.
I like to start applying my tan from the feet upwards, normally I apply a little product to my shin and gently rub it gently in to skin to just above and below the ankle. Whatever is left on the mitt I use on my feet and knees as this is where the tan tends to grab so you don't want to over do it with the product - do add some product if you need to.
I then do the rest of my legs and move onto my upper body - now the only tricky part really is your back. If you have someone to help you then great. I used to do a lot of stretching and bending my arms in weird ways to try get my back but I recently invested in a little contraption that you will see in the picture above that made the job a whole lot easier. 
Arms are the same as the legs really  - be careful with the amount of product you use on the hands & elbows and you should be fine. 
I tend to stop just below my neck and even this out with foundation as I don't like to tan my face and my neck tends to go patchy. If you would like to tan your face then go for it - just make sure you use a tan suitable for the skin on your face.

MAINTAINING & REMOVAL
Mositurising daily will stop your skin from going patchy and allow your tan to fade away naturally. 
If you would like to get rid of your tan completely to reapply it's not going to be easy.
 Apply some body oil the day before you want to remove your tan. This should start to break down the tan.
The day that you would like to remove your tan, try to soak in the bath for about half an hour or shower for a little longer.
After the half an hour, get yourself a body scrub and start exfoliating. Your tan should start coming away. If it doesn't then you may have to wait till the next day and try again - it normally doesn't come off if there's a bit of a build up but that would only happen if you kept applying tan on top og tan. 
It is best to try get rid of all your old tan before applying a fresh coat because it gives you the best colour and looks more natural. 
I hope this helped anyone that's new to tanning. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll get back to you.  If you yourself have any tips for me I would love to hear them.
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Budget Beauty // Collection Lip Definer in Nude Pink





Nude lippies are everywhere at the moment so it's a surprise this little beauty is almost none existent in the blogging world. Maybelline's Eastend Snob is all over the shop but this one's been completely overlooked. and I can't understand why?!
It's creamy, non-drying, easy to apply, pigmented and only cost £2.79.
Personally I love to wear this on it's own as an all over lip colour but it is also good for if you want to wear it under a lipstick to help with staying power or if you want a bit of an ombre lip. Oh and it's fab for over lining too. The colour definitely compliments pale skin and that's probably why I have such a soft spot for it - most nudes make pale people look ridiculous and that's just not fair. Us pasty's need to be involved too. This isn't really a nude pink, it seems more like a nude orangey brown shade. Honest;y
What's your favourite nude lip product?
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