My Going Away Makeup Bag.

So I am pretty much one of the most unorganised people you’ll ever meet. Not intentionally, I genuinely hate when things aren’t payed out colour coded and nicely coloured but unfortunately I suffer with an awful ailment which is called procrastination. I will spend the entire day thinking about how I can do something and then when I get round to doing it I shrug my shoulders and say I’ll do it tomorrow. Which is why my going away makeup bag is so unorganised, it should have been everything I need but like usual it’s just ‘kind of’ everything I need. Which is fine. But I just needed to get that out of the way.

ricardo’s actually got a week off work this week and we’re spending time with his family which is actually so nice. Ricardo and myself usually spend maybe an hour and a half in the evening together which is filled with down time, making dinner and putting the baby to bed and on average the amount of days of that coinside are about 3 a month so it’s refreshing to be able to spend a week just chilling and spending time with his family.

unfortunately the day before we decided to leave also consisted of down time, dinner making and putting to bed so everything I put in my makeup bag was done in about 3 seconds at 6:45 in the morning so it’s kind of all there but not quite. You’all get the gist so I’ll go through everything I have. I used this cute little Estée Lauder travel makeup bag to take my makeup in.

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Face

The only face products that I brought were foundation and concealer. I don’t see the point of bringing primer along as I only really use it when I’m doing a precise makeup look which is either going to go on here or I just want to look snatched. I also very rarely wear foundation so I only brought a full coverage foundation so that I could really do the natural or full coverage. the foundation I bought was the NYX stay matte but not flat liquid foundation in the colour ivory which is actually my go to foundation currently and even almost covers my nose and forehead freckles. I bought too concealers. One lighter colour for under eye which was the seventeen up to 18 hour coverage concealer in the colour extra fair which works wonders and a darker concealer for general blemishes which was the Elf concealer fair which I don’t really use overly amounts.

Contour, highlight and Blush 

Now none of these products are ones that I would typically use on a day to day basis but I wanted small and compact products to fit in my bag. I prefer using palettes for all of these part so of my makeup so that I have a much wider variety. I still brought a cute little blush palette which I have never actually used. It was one of those products which I bought because there was a discount and never even touched. It’s the sleek blush by 3 palette. IT consists of three blushes, two glittery powders and one cream blush which is a nice little concept and perfect for travelling. Again I bought a tiny palette for my contour and this one was one of my favourites when I first got into makeup. It’s the collection highlight and sculpt contour kit which I believe is literally £1.99 and pretty good quality and the highlight I used is on the opposite end of affordable but makes me look snatched to the gods. It’s the Laura mercier face illuminator in devotion. Again super duper expensive but my god it’s a great product.

Eyes and Eyebrows

Now this one was a prime example of literally shove everything into my bag and hope for the best and I can confidently say that I messed up. The only eyeliner I brought was a bright purple and definitely did not look it when I was packing it bleary eyed the other morning but I’ve just had to work with what I’ve got and that’s the nyx vivid brights eyeliner in the colour vivid violet. Not your every day go to look but I’ve made it work (I hope). I went a little bit safer with my mascara and just chucked in my go to ysl mascara volume effet faux cils and even safer with my eyebrow wax and powder just chucking in my benefit brow zings in 4 which I use on the daily for a natural look. Now eyeshadow is another which I really did not think too much about as I packed 0 base colours or transition colours or anything to blend so we have just dealt with block colours blended for days. I picked up a palette and a single shadow. The palette is one of my go to shadows morphe 12z. If anybody doesn’t have this palette then they deffo need to purchase it. If you don’t believe anyhing I say then believe this. The single shadow is just as cute. It’s the urban decay single shadow in chopper which adds a little glitter and sass to anybodies life.

Let me know what you guys take away with you.

speak soon,

Hannah x

 

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Morphe Liquid Lipstick in JUJU Review and Swatches.

Hello guys,

It is officially my favourite blog post time. It’s liquid lipstick review time. Today I’m bringing a liquid lipstick which I haven’t actually tried before and have put off purchasing for a long time. It’s the Morphe Liquid in the colour JUJU (love the name).

Okay so right off the bat, I do have to apologise for the photography quality being pretty rubbish as my Macbook charger has broken so I am sharing my fiance’s chromebook which unfortunately doesn’t have a USB port so I’m having to take all of my photos on a poopy IPhone until I can bring myself to spend another 80 pounds on a charger (Apple you are devil spwn). So there is my apology, now onto the review.

I purchased this product where I purchase the majority of my makeup and that is Beauty Bay for only 9 pounds.Now 9 pounds is an Okay price for a liquid lipstick I’d say especially as Morphe are known for being good quality just slightly cheaper. I’ve bought a number of products from Morphe previously but they have only been Eyeshadow Palettes and brushes so this was exciting to try something that wasn’t eye related. All of these products have  been wonderful and I have never had a problem with anything I have ever bought and I’ve heard a bunch of good feedback online about the liquid lipsticks. I’m always sceptical about Morphe code pushers but you can’t take everything with a pinch of salt and my previous experiences have been super positive.

The actual product is pretty cute. It comes in a cardboard box which is usually done by the higher end products as opposed to drugstore which usually is just the product. In regards to the actual tube, it is pretty basic but Morphe are known for basic packaging with their simple mirrorless eyeshadow palettes so you can’t say anything about that. It’s just a clear tube with a black screw lid and A bright red M on the top of the lid which is a really nice touch. The dofer applicator is pretty similar to the Jeffree Star and Kylie lip kits with the slanted applicator. Personally I prefer flat dofer applicators but I think the Morphe one is a overall preferred one so I’m not going to complain about that.

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The first bad thing that I did actually notice about this Lipstick is the difference of colour online and in person. This is the colour that Beauty Bay promoted JUJU as this.

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It’s a slightly purple toned Blue but in person it looked like this.

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It’s literally just a purple so I was slightly disappointing because I love the deep blue that it was promoted as.

It didn’t really get any better when I put it on, I was actually rather disappointed with the formula too. When all ofthe big beauty YouTubers were promoting this product a lot of them focused on how long lasting it was and how non-moving it was and there was definitely a reason. It kinda felt like paint on my lips. It did have a very drying feeling and wasn’t really my cup of tea. I understand that cheaper products aren’t going to be as high quality as say a 15, 20 pound lipstick but there are plenty of drugstore products with much nicer formulas. The nyx liquid lipsticks are much cheaper and the formula is one of my favourites.

Overall, I was disappointed with this lipstick because of the Reputation and what people had been saying but not because of the price. Also the versatility of the colours is super cool, I love quirky colours and usually will buy one of two colours form each brand that I think stand out. I love Blue’s and Green’s and will probably purchase another if there is a colour that I really want.

I hope you enjoyed this Review,

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit Swatches and Review.

Hello my lovelies,

ABH has been on of my top makeup brands ever since I purchased my first Dip Brow and I’m sure many, many people will agree with me. Each product I seem to purchase feels luxury and weighty and even though I always buy my products off of Beauty Bay (which is always next day delivery) I find myself anxious and on edge until my package arrives.

I’ve actually been sitting on this product for a while and have tested it vigorously in a number of different ways. It is the Aurora Glow kit which was priced at 39 English Pounds which is a hell of a lot of money for anything let alone highlights. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to spend this amount of money on myself but fortunately I have an extremely considerate fiancee who also listens to me when I drivel on about makeup brands so I was actually surprised with this for our two year anniversary a couple of months ago.

The palette has a gorgeous lilac and light pink dip dye on the sleeve and the actual packaging of the glow kit and the detail is gorgeous with indented surfaced where the text on the front is and reflective text. It looks extremely expensive (which it certainly is. The cover is even magnetic so has that satisfying click when it closes, its attention to detail like this which makes ABH an extremely sought after product.

Moving onto the actual product you have 6 different shades of highlight which is displayed identically to the MoonChild Glow highlight Kit which was one of their first I believe. The top three consists Eclipse, Luna and Spectra which in order are a pastelly tangeriney type colour in the pan, a bright white with an ever so slight pink undertone and a deep purple which I really wasn’t too sure of to start off with. (please don’t judge my vagueness of colour description, it’s never been my forte).

The bottom row of shadows are named Helia, Orion and Lyra and are in order again, a champagne highlight with possibly a blue or green undertone, I can’t tell but I really like it, A bright blue highlight and a Deeper darker orange. Each colour is completely different to the others and I really really love the colour selection.

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Moving onto the formula it’s gorgeous and creamy and each one swatches like a complete dream. I love them all but when applied to the skin they are so so pigmented. I have never experienced anything like it. I prefer a more subtle highlight but they do easily blend out with some work. I always use the Morphe M509 to highlight so maybe fan brush could be easier, Ill need to try it. Also another point about the formula is that they are extremely easy to blend together and especially blending the blue and purples you can create a gorgeous looking duo chrome effect similar to the Kat Von D’s highlight palette.

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All in all I love this palette and it is my go to for night’s out and when I’m feeling super boujee but on particular days when its natural makeup then I’ll usually opt for a More natural looking highlight (mostly the mary-loumanizer.

If you want to read any more highlight reviews then here’s a list below of one’s that I’ve reviewed with links.

Makeup Revolution Strobe and Light Palette review.

Laura Mercier Illuminator Review 

Nyx Illuminator Review.

Makeup Revolution Baked highlight Review.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils review for Sensitive Eyes.

Hello,

Okay so on my blog when I do makeup reviews probably about 60% of the time they’re drugstore so you lucky lucky guys have hit a 40% kinda day because I’m continuing my Mascara series with the YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils. I’m like 90% sure that’s what It’s called but I’m not about to bet my house on it if you get what I mean.

It retails for £25.50 and I bought mine in Jarrolds at a YSL store and I was a bit disappointed to be brutally honest. I hate high end makeup stores in shops because they never say how much the price is until you go to the counter so even if it’s like a gazillion pounds you have to grin and bare it.

So beginning with the packaging. I love it, it’s a gold tube with the YSL logo engraved on the clasp which I looooove and when you close it, it actually clicks shut so that you know that it is entirely shut so there’s no chance of it not being closed properly and drying up. I’ve actually had this mascara for a while so this isn;t a first impression but I wanted to include it because I am using it.

The brush is actually quite nice, it’s quite dense but not massive and isn’t overly hard as a lot of fuller applicators are and the bristles are really short. I’m not sure if that’s actually going to be a help or a hinderance as to the performance so I can’t really comment on that. I can actually see as mascara brushes this one would be on the better side as there’s no chance of poking yourself in the eye or the hard applicator being a contributing factor towards having a reaction.

So actually in regards to the formula, it’s quite disappointing, it doesn’t particularly life or even extend the lashes and with myself having extremely short stubby lashes I need all of the help I can get. I also find it smudgy and actually on occasions has previously made my eyes water but it definitely is wearable so I’m not really sure on what to think about it. I frequently do but usually put a topcoat over of something else.

So here is before:

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And here is the after:

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I’m actually going to make a ranking system of all of the other mascaras i’ve reviewed and put where it comes to compare and as I have only reviewed one, it’s not going to be particularly long but here we go.

Rimmel London Extra Long Lash

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

No shade but that’s just what it is. I hope that you have enjoyed this review.

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Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe and Light Palette: Review and Swatches.

Okay so I’m pretty mad, I had written this entire blog and spent over an hour correcting all of my dyslexia induced mistakes and for some reason my computer decided to delete all of my blog posts. So here we go again. Today I am actually reviewing another drugstore product, today being the makeup revolution Ultra Strobe and Light palette. pictured below.

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This palette retails for £8 and with 8 shades I think that’s a pretty good price at only £1 per shade. So even if you don’t like all of the colours then there will probably be something that you will like. There is also a variety which have been incorporated and you can tell that somebody has really putten thought into it.

Regarding the formula, I was pleasantly surprised, actually in the pan it looked so chalky but when you swatch your finger through it it’s a really creamy consistency, the only bad point about this shade is that it’s completely full of glitter, like ram packed. So it might be a better palette maybe for festivals or really really extra makeup days or even if you just really really like glitter, you do you.

There’s a massive array of shades in this palette which vary massively, I’m actually quite impressed how the majority of bronzy tones cater towards a much deeper skin tone. Personally I could only wear two of the 8 shades, maybe three if I’m feeling the golden pigment and the rest I really can’t touch for highlight. I could actually use the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th for blush toppers because I don’t mind a bit of glitter in my blush topper so it’s completely multi use.

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Here are the finger swatches, excuse the bottom picture as seconds later my child was knocking my camera out of my hands and I didn’t realise until I was uploading the footage late at night.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

7 day Exercise Experiment for Sustaining a Positive Mental Health. End Result.

If you haven’t read my first blog post in this tiny, mini series then you can do so if you click the link HERE and that will basically sum up what’s going on but if you can’t be bothered (I don’t blame you at all) then that’s fine.

So I’ve been feeling pretty happy recently and decided that for once I was going to help sustain my positivity. I’m fed up of feeling happy for a while and then crashing down and I’ve tried methods to raise my levels when I’m down but I’ve never taken my future into my hands to make positive steps.

So for an entire week I decided to do 30 minutes exercise before lunch every single day to see how I felt after and whether it help me stay happy and whether I could continue the exercise.

Usually when I am having negative spells I find it difficult to tidy, look after myself and 100% of my energy goes into looking after Leo and not much else. Previously before Leo I would just lay in bed and would find it so difficult to even do the simplest tasks. I’m sick of feeling like this but have had pretty bad experiences with counselling and being prescribed meds so I’m going to do a number of different tasks by myself for myself.

So the week started off pretty well, I actually managed to do loads of things and had a really busy week. i managed to do all of my washing and ironing and kept the house tidy and had time to concentrate on Leo which was nice and even when I was exercising it didn’t even really feel like it because we just went to the park multiple times which was really sweet. I think if Leo could spend all day everywhere just attempting to eat the sand then he would for sure. He spent the entire week just in a state of being cheery and happy.

I have to say towards the end of the week I did actually feel quite down, not because I was having a low spell but it was a week before my period and I always get a bit low and emotional but I did still manage to do all of my exercise and housework, I didn’t even cancel on anybody because I am notorious for doing that when I am having a low spell.

All in all I think it was entirely worth while. I’m actually taking a stand to exercise more in general and am trying to go out on work out based fast walks at least 2 or 3 days a week which will hopefully continue the spell of feeling on top of the world.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Rimmel London Extra Long Lash Review for Sensitive Eyes.

Hi guys,

So I’ve decided to do this new series for all you poor souls out there like myself who suffer with extremely sensitive eyes and find it extremely difficult to find a mascara which does a good job and doesn’t leave us looking like a 2004 emo music video by the end of the day.

Today for my first review I am going to do a new product. I picked this up at the weekend with the concealer that I did a review on the other day and decided to review about the mascara also from a watery eyed human.

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So this is a Rimmel London, Extra Long Lash which retails for £4.99 from drugstores. I’m always so sceptical about drugstore mascaras because they’re just so hit and miss and there is literally no way you can have an idea about it before you purchase but I decided to push the boat out and just go for it.

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Now please excuse my unruly eyebrows at the minute, I literally have not plucked my eyebrows in close to 6 months but I’m working it. This is my eyelashes before mascara (sobs!) I literally have none which makes it hurt even more that I have sensitive eyes as you don’t even understand I have to plaster that mascara on, layer after layer.

Now I’m not actually wearing any face makeup as It’s so so hot and my hair is super scruffy because I’m going to wash it when Leo has his lunch nap, don’t judge me but the makeup that I am actually wearing is the Mac studio finish concealer in NW10, the NYX eyeshadow base, and violet voss palette for the base shade, transition shade and crease shade for a natural look. For my eyebrows I have literally just put a bit of the ABH DipBrow Pomade in.

On initial inspection the spooly on the Mascara is actually extremely similar to the benefit they’re real mascara. I didn’t manage to get a photo of that before the sprog woke up so Imma just describe it for yall. It’s a long, thin brush which is extremely hard. Maybe slightly harder that the they’re real brush.

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This is what the mascara looked like after 2 layers, I don’t curl my lashes because they’re quite delicate and I’ve gotta protect the little bit of what I have so this is actually quite a good end result. The fact that the brush was so hard meant that it’s much easier to separate the lashes if they get clumpy and for 2 layers it’s quite good considering I literally had no lashes.

Regarding what the Mascara actually did for my eyes, they didn’t seem to affect them, I have previously used a different Rimmel London Mascara before and really did not like it. It was panda eyes all round so I’m really impressed. The only thing that could be detrimental against the end effect is the hard brush. The formula of the mascara is pretty good but if you get sensitive eyes from the brushes (which I don’t) then maybe not.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer First Impression and Review.

Guys,

Like so many others I am still yet to find a drugstore concealer which is my holy grail, sure at this current moment in time I can layer a couple up and after baking look pretty flawless but I want one product that I can put on in .5 on a second before I run out of the house and still look like I have had a full nights uninterrupted sleep (no luck as of yet).

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So my hunt begins and I have actually got quite a lot of concealers, I prefer liquid as opposed to cream or anything else so I thought that It would be a good time to try out the ‘Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer’. The outer packaging claims to be anti-fatigue (not sure what they mean by that), Skin brightening and be full of vitamin c.

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The colour that I chose was 01 Ivory, and at the price of £5.49 then I really cannot complain. Now this is from the point of view of a person with extremely sensitive eyes, so I find it extremely difficult to find mascaras, eyeliners and concealers because they all make my eyes water and bloodshot, So it may be a bit picky and unnecessary from the point of view of someone without sensitive eyes but trust me it is so valid.

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So as you can see this is actually the lightest colour in this collection and also still way too dark for me. I could compare the colouring to the La Girl PRO Concealer which is was so disappointed with. I just don’t understand why all light concealers have to have such a heavy undertone of orange, why can’t I just have a well priced, high coverage, yellow toned concealer which doesn’t make me want to claw my eyes out after an hour of putting it on.

So on initial application the applicator is so soft. I am so happy because I’ve previously been using the Revlon concealer and although it is a good concealer the applicator is so hard and pokey, it hurts to apply and I’m not even too mad at the colouring. Even though it is a shade too dark from my usual concealers, I do have a tan and it is brightening. It doesn’t look the same colour as my foundation (or in this case cc cream, it’s a hot day and I can’t deal).

I found that this concealer was anything but brightening, if anything it did the opposite. I put this concealer on with the L’oreal true match foundation in the lightest shade and the concealer almost looked darker than it. Even after I set my foundation with beige rimmel powder and setting my eyes with the elf translucent powder I still didn’t notice any brightening effect.

So my final conclusion is, I found that this concealer was medium coverage but didn’t give the desired brightening effect that it claimed to have. On the other hand it was nice to apply and felt really nice to wear so if you are darker than me then I’m sure it would be a really nice concealer, just not for my skin tone.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

 

Why I Fell Out of Love With Lipstick.

Oh, lipstick. Once upon a you would always be at the top of my wish list for birthdays and christmases but now you’re pushed the back of my vanity with barely a thought. What went wrong? I feel like I have the same reasoning for pretty much every single thing in my life (if you hate read me as I know a couple of people do then ha here you go) I became a mum. I’m not even sure that I can justify myself in saying that that’s the real reason but it definitely was the final straw.

I think that the thing that began the drastic spiral into boycotting lipstick was that liquid lipsticks became so popular (If i wear anything on my lips it will always be a liquid lipstick HAIII). Initially I actually was rather dubious and i think I put off buying one for a good few months after they released and even then it was a liquid lipstick from revolution for a pound (biggest regret, it smelt and felt like putting industrial paint on my lip which put me off for a while longer). When I could finally face buying one (I actually pushed the boat right out and bought 2) I found that I enjoyed the experience so much more. My second liquid lipsticks were the bourjois velvet lipstick. Although they weren’t transferproof and more of a cream that a liquid lipstick the pigment, long lastingness and durability spoke to my soul and I have never looked back.

So here is my list of reasons why I fell out of love with lipsticks.

  • Have you ever tried kissing a child, partner, animal or literally anything with lipstick. You end up with an odd lipstick to no lipstick ombre lip and the other person is branded with whatever cheery colour you decided to wear.
  • Lipsticks aren’t ever as pigmented so you can’t wear brighter colours. I have a couple of bright colours but they always end up as dull sloppy smears.
  • I hate the feeling when lipstick slides over your lips it makes me cringe so hard, especially when it bunches up in the corners and feels like crayons on your mouth (not that I know what Crayons taste like but you understand me).
  • I feel like with liquid lipsticks you get a lot more for your money. I have never emptied a liquid lipstick but I have had to awkwardly scrape the bottom of lipsticks out of their containers, even going so far as to melt them and reput them in pots.
  • Lipstick on teeth, I’ll say no more
  • When you accidently put the lid on a lipstick when you hadn’t put the lipstick fully down and the end resembles a felt tip that a child has smashed into the paper.

As much as I am slating them, I am always open to having my mind changed so if you can recommend your faves, I will deffo be open to trying new ones.

Speak soon,

Hannah x