24 April 2016

Top 6 Under £6 - Makeup
Drugstore or High Street makeup products can be really great and, sometimes, I find myself grabbing them more often than my higher end products. So here is a list of 6 of my favourites that cost less than £6.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 kisses stay on lip contouring pencil in Spice - £2.99
I love this lip liner and use it under pretty much every lipstick despite the colour of the lipstick because it helps the colour last a little longer and I find none of them bleed with this liner on. It adds a depth to a nude lipstick and is just a perfect liner. I reach for this so often and at £2.99 it's a steal. It's not hugely creamy but I like this in a liner as I hate the chore of sharpening the pencil and creamy liners need sharpened so much more (what can I say I'm lazy?). I also think that the slightly harder formula helps make it last a little longer and enables you to be more precise with the application. I definitely want to try out some of their other liners.

Supercat Eyeliner Pen by Soap and Glory - £6.00
I have repurchased this eyeliner pen so many times. I find it takes a long time to dry out so lasts a long time in itself and it applies really well to the eye as it creates a really nice opaque line. The pen is not hugely skinny so it may take a little while to get the hang of it if you've not used one before. It's perfect to use for any eyeliner look from winged liner to a thin accentuation of the eye. I cannot rave about this enough as I reach for it everytime I wear eyeliner.

Maybelline New York 24HR Color Tattoo in 05 Eternal Gold - £4.99
The Maybelline Color Tattoos are cream eyeshadows and were my first cream eyeshadow purchases. I love this shade; it's a beautifully opaque pure gold colour. I love using it for inner corner highlight with a black and gold smokey eye or to just add some elegance, shimmer or sparkle to my eye makeup look. I would highly recommend buying this as it adds something a little extra to any look. It can crease occasionally - especially if used over the entire eye - but for £4.99, the perks outweigh the cons and I rarely use it as a base shade anyway so it's perfect for me.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Translucent - £3.99
I am a huge fan of a matte face and am not hugely keen on shine - unless it's from my highlighter - and this powder is perfection. Because I get it in the translucent shade, it doesn't cake onto your face and keeps you matte for a good long time. But it isn't only good for those who like a matte face, it's brilliant for setting your makeup, whether you just want to set it on oily patches of skin, your T-zone or where you have concealed. I recommend this every time.

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Picnic in the Park - £5.99 (Currently on sale for £3.60 on Feelunique.com - not an ad just a handy tip)

I'll be honest: I'm really not a fan of lip glosses; usually it's because of the stickiness and because I like matte lips a little more. But I am really enjoying this gloss. It's not sticky or tacky and it adds a shine to your lips without feeling like you've caked your lips in icing. The colour is also not something I would usually go for because I don't often wear bright pinks but I have fallen in love with it and wear it over nudes to add a bit of a girly vibe to it. If you're looking for a good lip gloss, look no further than Tanya Burr. Well done girl, you did good.

Zoeva Concealer Buffer Brush (142)
Now, I'm not entirely sure how much this cost because it came in Zoeva's complete eye set of brushes but all-in-all each brush works out to cost about £3.57 on average. I know what you're thinking: 'that surely is way too cheap to be a good product'. If you thought that, you thought wrong. Yes, it is ridiculously cheap but do not complain. This is one of my favourites from the kit and I use it for every type of concealer; from my Bobbi Brown creamy under eye concealer to concealer over blemishes. It gives a really natural finish and just gives a nice blend into the skin. If you're shopping for makeup brushes, I really recommend their complete eye set and I'm itching to try out their other brushes.
I hope you enjoyed this post because I enjoyed digging through my collection and finding out that some of my staple products are under £6! I honestly love these products and would not rave about them if I didn't so I hope that, if you decided to purchase some of these, you enjoy them as much as I do.

Kay xo

17 April 2016

Benefit Haul and Review

I've been loving Benefit's makeup lately and collected a fair amount (not too fair an amount in all honesty) of their products. So I've compiled some of my recently purchased products and also explained how I use them and what I think of them.

Hoola Powder Bronzer

Bronzers have always been difficult for me and often appear too orange or red on my skin so I find it hard to get a powder that gives me the bronzed effect that I want. However, Hoola has been my saviour. It is so perfect on my skin tone and also on so many others. I apply the bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks lightly using the brush that comes with it and then grab a fluffy powder brush - usually the Real Techniques multi-task brush - to apply it in the shape of three. Then I use what's left on the brush across my forehead and apples of my cheek. The powder is matte and has no shimmer whatsoever so looks natural as a gentle contour and for a bit of a bronzed glow. If you do apply it too heavily, it blends out nicely and still looks natural in the end. I can't speak highly enough of it. I also really recommend using the brush if you are going to contour whether it's with the Hoola bronzer or a contour powder because it creates the perfect line.

The Porefessional Primer

This is by far the best primer I've ever tried. It doesn't leave any tackiness to the skin which I find has come with some primers, it leaves your skin soft and improves the application of foundation by smoothing out the skin and I do think it has made my makeup last longer. I also use a bit of it on my eyelids and have found that it helps improved the pigmentation of my eyeshadow too, which is an added bonus - no need for an eyeshadow primer for me at the moment. I apply it like any other primer and pretty much smother it over my face. It has a slight pigmentation in it which I think helps even the skin tone out subtly before foundation application but I'm yet to look into this idea yet (I will keep you updated). If you're looking for a primer, I recommend this one.

Ooh La Lift Under Eye Brightener

 Ooh La Lift is a moisturising under eye cream that also helps to brighten, aiding the concealment of my 15p bag for life under eyes. No matter what I do and which concealer I use, my concealer will forever crease under my eyes - I have smile lines, that's life and I don't mind it. But this brightener helps to keep it uncreased for a little longer than usual and although it does not do anything to conceal my under eyes directly, I find I'm using a lot less concealer to achieve my everyday look.

Roller Lash Mascara

I'm one of the unlucky ones in life and am blessed with long lashes but cursed because they either point downwards or are dead straight. This mascara promises that you will no longer need eyelash curlers. In my case, I always will, but typically my lashes drop throughout the day and with this mascara, they don't. I love this mascara because it not only adds length and looks natural and voluminous, but has the hold I've been searching for in a mascara. Definitely my favourite.

They're Real Mascara & Primer

Although Roller Lash is my favourite mascara and is my go-to on most days, on the occasions where I want additional length I reach for this. I use it with Roller Lash when I want a bit of more intensity and this tends to be with a smokey eye. Sometimes I get LVL lash treatment which means my lashes get semi-permanently curled and dyed and after this treatment I often use They're Real for a natural look because it adds less volume than Roller Lash but builds up length like no other. It also works a dream with the primer.

This primer is life. I looove length with mascaras and this works under every mascara so I can double it up with other mascaras for length and volume, or double length, or with Roller Lash for hold and length. Either way, the idea of this being a primer is brilliant. Lots of people love this as a mascara on its own because it looks like natural lashes and I can totally see why but my natural look always involves long black lashes so I end up adding at least a little of one of the other Benefit mascaras.

I hope this has given you some insight into why I love these Benefit products.
If you're in the UK I suggest you buy Benefit products from Boots and cash in some advantage card points for them, which effectively work as cashback. Or, if you're a student, Unidays gives you 20% off at feelunique.com. This is not an advertisement at all but just some things I've learnt from experience.

Lots of love,
Kay xo