Korean makeup haul!

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I’m very excited to share with you my recent Korean makeup haul from yesstyle. I bought these products with my own money and have been waiting, for what feels like an eternity, for them to arrive! I will be reviewing each product individually so this is just a quick blog on what exactually I have ordered.

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This item was the only item I actually intended to buy lol. I have watched and read so many people try out the new “peel off lipstain” i couldnt help but jump on board to lol. This pack is the “my lip tint pack” and comes with 6 shades.

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I love a good eyeliner so was drawn to these super waterproof liners in black and bronze. I swatched them on my arm and within seconds they set, I have a video up on my Instagram showing me rubbing over them with zero smudging. Think these will be fantastic hoping to test them out at the weekend. The packaging is also adorable, there’s a really cute snow white with attitude on the lids!

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Simple liquid liner, the formula looks super black and the brush is perfect  for winging out.

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Black head nose strips are sooo much fun, I love seeing all the gunk come out! I know it’s discusting but you have to admit it’s really rewarding and anyone who says it isn’t is lying.

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This adorable little panda is an under eye brighter. I’ll be honest with you, it could of been any product and I think I would of still bought it!!! This packaging is just too cute. The product itself looks pretty white so am curious to see how it looks under makeup.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be testing lots of these little monsters out amd will be posting pics on instagram! I already started testing the lipstains, I’m planning on using one each day and reviewing them next weekend. It’s going to be an interesting read, if you are curious do subscribe to my blog and you’ll receive an email notification when it’s up!

Becca xxx

TESS HOLLIDAY WAS FAT SHAMED BY FACEBOOK

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Tess Holiday is one of the most famous plus size models right now, she was recently signed by  Milk Model Management making her the first plus model of her size to be signed by a main stream model agency. Its amazing! I think she is absolutely stunning and her confidence is something to be admired. She also started the #effyourbeautystandards movement on instagram

Recently Tess modeled for Cherchez la femme to promote a feminist body positivity event called ‘feminism amd fat’. She really is the perfect face for this kind of event as Tess herself is a body positive activist. Said company applied to have an advert which included this photo (shown above) on Facebook ads. There response was awful, in fact I’ll add the whole Facebook reply down below.

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Wow I really could go on about this all-day long! Firstly, health and fitness policy?! The ad is to promote a body positivity event!!!!!! Big, small, short or tall everyone has a body and this event is to promote self positivity and loving yourself regardless of your “so called” flaws. Showing an image of someone who hasen’t got the “perfect” body but is still beautiful and happy within herself is inspirational, not something that could make someone “feel bad about them selves” as quoted from the letter.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to refere to ANYONE as “extremely undesirable” is nothing more than nasty and narrow minded. Sorry, Jenny from Facebook but it’s true. The fact Facebook won’t run ads with “close up of muffin tops, where the over hanging fat is visible” is also mind boggling and hugely implies that there is something wrong with muffin tops. I know many women who are a healthy weight, even under a healthy weight and they have muffin tops, from child birth or weight changes muffin tops are pretty common to women over 21!

I think the reply from Facebook is so sad, it really is a disgrace. No one is saying “go put loads of weight on its super healthy” but everyone has the right to feel comfy in their own skin and this photo screams that right and who are Facebook to decided whether people should see this or not? She’s not naked, she’s not having Sex with an animal, she’s not molesting children so really how could this photo possible offend?

Facebook later did apologise, after the reply went public might I add, that this was an error and that the photo could be publishes as an ad. Too little too late Facebook.

It’s no secret that I am a bigger girl and have had my struggles. There is no point in hating yourself until your “perfect” as that day will never come. Life is about excepting who you are inside and out and these sorts of events are so important in the world right now. There is pressure everywhere to be a certain weight, do your make up a certain way, dress a certain way, the falsness of a virtual reality has taken over real life and showing photos of real people, no matter what their size, is cruital. I’m going to stop here as honestly I could go on and on. I’d love to hear your comments down below on what you think of this whole issue.

Becca xxx

May 2016 favourites!

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It’s that time of the month again when I think back to my favourite products I’ve been using this month and what I would recommend, here’s my quick round up of what I’ve been loving!

Purse perfumes

I love these little guys, they fit in any size bag I choose to use that day to freshen up while I’m out an about. I’m currently using the scent “cherish” from Avon in a spray bottle priced at £3.50 and “modern muse” from Estee Lauder in a roller ball priced at £20.

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L’oreal cushion foundation

I wrote a big old blog about this little gem, it’s converted me to glowy foundation! It’s so quick amd easy to apply, it has good coverage while still looking natural. There really is something magic about the formula I highly recommend it. If you would like to read more about what I think of this foundation, click here!

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Honey serum and moisturiser

Honey is huge in the skincare world right now, I’ll soon be blogging about all the benefits honey has, as I think you’ll be suprised just how good it is for the skin! I’m loving Hey Honey good morning honey silk serum, even though its travel size I’ve been using it for weeks and still have product left. A little goes a long way and it feels gorgeous on the skin. Using the serum with beegood Plump And Firm Moisturiser has been my secret weapon. The moisturiser keeps my skin hydrated throughout day and feeling super soft. My skin has been looking great since using these products (apart from a recent break out caused by a new face wash, the review for that is here!) my pores look smaller, my skin texture is looking much more even and less red, and my breakout is disappearing noticeably quicker than normal. Go team honey.

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Younique eyeshadow palette

No one could be more suprised than me for liking this one!!! (detailed review here) The palette has a beautiful selection of mattes and shimmers, I love the shade range as I didn’t have to reach for any other palette to complete my look. They blend beautifully, super pigmented and were honestly a delight to use.

I’d love to hear in the comments below what your monthly favourites have been. Did you like any of the products I mentioned?

Becca xxx

Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Skincare Review

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I’ve been eying up some of Avon skincare lately, as I love a few of their products I thought I’d take the delve and try their Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex self foaming face wash and gentle 3 in 1 scrub. The face wash is currently priced at £3.50 for 150ml and the scrub is £3 for 100ml. Super affordable and really generous in size.

Changing your skin routine can be pretty scary, you never know how it’s going to effect your skin and as it’s on your face for all to see the thought can be quite daunting. Especially for a beauty blogger who’s face is always on show.

Both the face wash and face scrub are:
Soap free
Suitable for sensitive skin
Allergy tested
Free of parabens or dyes

On paper they looked great, really affordable, clean looking and easily replenishable. The first time I used the face wash it was quite disappointing, you pump out the product which is already foamy and apply directly to the skin. I found I needed to use quite a few pumps for there to be enough product to really lather it up. I also didn’t get that fresh clean feeling afterwards, I actually felt a tad greasy which I couldn’t figure out if it was an hydrating product within the wash or if my face wasn’t actually clean. Not a good start.

The scrub did feel like it did a good job, it wasn’t harsh on my skin and I felt nice and smooth afterwards. The products have a light fresh snell which was quite pleasant and wasn’t over powering.

After using these products for around 4 days I woke up to the worst break out I have had in forever, on my forehead were teeny tiny under the skin pimples but on my chin were 3 gigantic beasts that are impossible to cover up and are currently building their own town on my face. I’m not hormonal or due on and the only difference was using the face wash and scrub. Soooo disappointing, I could take or leave the self foaming wash but i really liked the face scrub.

I now had the dialema of, do I continue to use these products and hope nothing else erupts or do I quit before it gets worse?! After discussing out my options with a close friend (hey tanya I know you’ll be reading this!!!) I think I answered my own question, I know this is what caused the end of my months and months of balanced skin so why would I continue to use it?! Skin care is such a personal thing as what can be someone holy grail cleaner can be someone else’s face demon magnet. Sadly I have not continued to test out these product as I don’t want to risk any more spots, they are driving me crazy already and adding to the collection is not my idea of fun. It feels like such as waste as there is still so much product left so I will be passing them on to a friend, hopefully they’ll work better with her skin than they did with mine!

Have you tried out these products?! How did your skin react?! I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

Rimmel Renew Sheer and Shine Lipstick Review

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In the summer I love tinted lip balms and sheer lipstick, well I love them all year round really, but especially in the summer! They’re a great way to keep your lips moisturised with a pop of colour,  they’re quick and easy to apply too, the ultimate lazy lip colour.

When I saw rimmel had released Renew Sheen and Shine lipstick I just had to pick one up. On the boots website they’re described as:

“Rimmel London Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick, a moisturising lipstick with a translucent, luminous, vitamin-enriched colour.
This gloss-in-a-stick moisturises lips, giving a radiant touch of juicy colour and energising shine.
Added SPF 20 helps protect your luscious lips from the harmful effects of the sun.”

Sounds right up my alley! They are priced at £6.49 and currently Boots are doing buy one rimmel product get another half price. It is avalible in 6 shades, I ordered mine online and went for the bright pink shade “pink rules.” I tend to go for calmer shades but was interested in how pigmented and “luminous” a brighter sheer lipstick would look so I stepped out of my comfort zone. The packaging is so cute, the bright pink see through lid almost glows and against the silver base it’s visually appealing.

I was not expecting the pigmentation and colour this lipstick gives off!!! Here’s a swatch on the back of my hand, it stained after I wiped it off too which I was pleased at as I love products that stain. It means even if I don’t have time to reapply my lipstick they’ll still be some colour there.

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When applied on the lips it felt slick, smooth and balmy, the colour pay off is crazy, really bright and very noticable. I was worried it would slip about and stray onto my face and teeth but I was suprised after application when it stayed put. As I’m not a really bright lipstick person I was still very aware it was on my lips which wasn’t the best feeling but is definatly an issue within myself lol. Here is what the lipstick looked like on.

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As you can see for a sheer lipstick it’s not overly sheer. One thing I found rather annoying was trying to get the line neat and tidy around my lips, it was impossible, where it is so glossy and balmy it wasn’t playing the game!! I don’t think it would be hugely noticable to the average person but it felt very noticable to me.

I think people will either love or hate this product, on the plus side it’s bright and summery, colourful, so comfy on the lips and it still does have a ‘sheer’ look to it and leaves an awesome stain. On the downsides you still need a mirror to apply it even though it’s technically a tinted lip balm, you cant do a nice crisp lip line with it and because it’s sheer it’s more patchy and wears off ever so slightly patchy through the day. I will continue to use this product as do like the colour pay off and it leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated but I’m finding it hard to decide how much I actually like it, I think I can see both the pros and cons and hopefully over time i can make a full on decision!! I’d love to hear in the comments below what you think of this product?!

Becca xxx

Younique ‘Addiction Moodstruck 1’ Eyeshadow Palette Review

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As a palette junkie I’m always interested in new eyeshadow palettes, I have seen the younique palettes online but to be honest as the price is £38 and I know nothing of the quality I’ve not taken the leap. A close friend recently won the addiction 1 palette in an online competition, she was telling me how much she loves it and offered to lend it to me for review purposes (bless her) I jumped at the chance!

The packaging is nice and sturdy, I think it would get dirty quick but although it’s matte black cardboard, if you were careful it would wipe clean. It is a Nude palette so I was hoping for a nice selection of mattes and shimmers for day time as well as evening looks. The palette contains 7 shades ranging from a matte cream, to a deep rich brown, everything you need for a full eye look. The pans are pretty large compared to other palettes too which justifies the price slightly.

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I’m being super honest here, I was not expecting the quality of the shadows to be this high! They swatched beautifully, really pigmented and super soft to the touch. In the pan the shimmers looked lovely but on the skin they were really something special, cool and warm tones with a micro glitter shimmer and very little fall out.

If your a real neutrals girl who wears makeup most days this palette could be your best friend. Even though there’s only 7 shades, there’s so many combinations. On application they blended absolutely beautifully, they were quick and easy to apply and each look was so pretty I was really impressed, they lasted really well with an eye primer too.

On the theme of being honest, which is what my blog is all about, I really didn’t want to like this palette (I know I’m so mean.) There are sooo many other palette options for the same price and cheaper I thought it was pretty ballsy for younique to charge nearly 40 quid for 7 shadows, bearing in mine they’re a reiltivly new brand, I did think the prices are more up there so the people that sell the products make a profit too, as it’s a multi level marketing company. Here’s some looks I achieved with the palette.

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But as much as it pains me to say it….I love this palette! The shadows are a wonderful quality, pigmented, they blend like a dream, nice big pans and a great colour selection. Would I personally buy it? Hmm I’m not sure as there are many other palettes I’d pick over this this one for the price, such as urban decay shadows which are also fabulous and actually work out cheaper. But if you have a friend or family member that sells younique and you want to support them I would definatly recommend the eyeshadows. If you have any of the younique palettes I’d love to hear down below in the comments what you think!

Becca xxx

4 ways to save money when buying makeup!!

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As a makeup junkie and makeup blogger, let’s face it, I buy a lot of makeup! Over time i have learnt a few tips and tricks how to save money when buying beauty products which I thought I’d share with you, some of them might b quite obvious but I like reading money saving blogs so hopefully you will too.

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1. Sign up for news letters

This is my biggest tip which over time has saved me a lot of pennies, the vast majority of companies will have somewhere on their website to sign up for newsletter, offers and new product emails. If you keep on top of your emails you can get a real bargin. I love being in the loop for new product releases as well as sales and free shipping! Some companies do free gifts if you spend over a certain amount which is a fab way to double your order, Elf Cosmetics do some fantastic free gifts worth up to £25 so keep ur eye out.

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2. Shop “membership” cards

Boots and Superdrug have their own store cards which as you spend money you collect points, over time these will really add up which equals free makeup. Another way I get free makeup is through doing my weekly food shop, tesco and sainsburies also have their own cards to collect points. There might not be as big of a makeup selection but they always stock at least a couple of brands as well as tonnes of hair and skincare.

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3. Outlets

If you don’t mind not having the latest products then outlets are a good way to go, you can get up to 70% off highend brands. The colour selections might not be as vast either but if your willing to have a good look through all the products you can save a lotta money.

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4. Deals in store

Last but not least is keep up to date with offers in store, boots have some amazing offers such as buy two get one free which from what I have noticed is on most of the time. Lots of brands also have deals in store such as buy one get another half price or buy one get one free. This is a great way to save money as your buying what you would of bought anyway and not compromising because of the price.

I hope this tips and tricks were helpful on saving you some money, I’d love to hear if you have any more tips in the comments below!

Becca xxx

B.pure sensitive micellar cleansing wipes review

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I received these B.pure sensitive micellar cleansing wipes in a goodie bag from Makeup Revolutions 2nd birthday party. B.Pure is superdrugs fairly new affordable skincare line, it reminds me a lot of the Simple range as it’s advertised as gentle fuss free skincare. Sometimes it good to step back from the over saturated skincare market and get back to basics with very reasonably priced items that do the job.

I’m not a huge Cleansing wipe user, but it’s always handy to have a pack for quick makeup removal or to wipe over my face before starting my day of school runs and errands. These wipes claim to be a 3-in-1 to cleanse tone and moisturise, enriched with hazel, vitamin E, aloe and Cucumber there’s lots of ingredients your skin will soak up and adore.

In regards to makeup removal the wipes took off the main bulk of product from my skin although I did still need a good cleanse after as there was still residue left. It removed most of my eye makeup but I found if I had a heavy eye look and had to really get in there the wipes did start burning my eyes which is a shame as they are a ‘sensitive’ product. That being said my eyes are incredibly sensitive so it’s not hard to set them off.

My skin felt quite hydrated after using the wipes but long term it wouldn’t be enough to keep away my dry patches. I did notice I didn’t have any breakouts while using the wipes which is fantastic as I find if I use wipes too often this tends to happen.

Overall I think if you were in a pinch these wipes are handy to have or if you were traveling and couldn’t take all your normal skin care with you they’re a good solution. They aren’t the best wipes I’ve ever used as I still need to cleanse to remove makeup but they definatly aren’t the worse. They cost £1.73 which is a really good price for 25 wipes.
What are your favourite cleansing wipes? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Becca xxx

Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara Review

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I received this mascara is my glossy box, I love big dramatic lashes so was really pleased I was given the Volume mascara as there were several in the line that other people had received. The mascara is worth £9.99 and as I paid £10 for the glossy box and received 5 other items I felt it was a good deal.

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The packaging is sleek, simple but pretty. The wand itself is a big chunky bristle brush, it doesnt seem to be over loaded with product either which is a nice change as most new mascaras with big brushes can have way too much on causing your lashes to really clump up.

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As you can see in this photo I have mascara on my right eye and nothing on my left eye. WOW this mascara is amazing! Separated my lashes beautifully and was so easy to layer up. The formula is a super dark black and it held my curl up all day long which on my straight lashes is impressive. It did add some volume but what I found most impressive is the crazy length it’s given me, the wand fanned out my lashes really opening my eyes up making me look bright eyed and awake.

Highly recommend this mascara it’s worked wonders for me, for £9.99 you really can’t go wrong. What’s your favourite mascara? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Becca xxx

L’oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review

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I have been dying to get my hands on a cushion foundation since Lancome started the trend over here in the UK. I was tickled pink when I heard l’oreal were jumping on the band wagon as I really like their foundations so I had high expectations. The price of this foundation ranges between £9.99 – £19.99 depending on where you buy it from and is avalible in 7 shades. I bought mine online and chose the shade 04 Rose Vanilla, bit of a gamble but I was relieved to see on arrival that it was my perfect shade. Another huge selling point for me is that it contains Spf 25 which is really good for a foundation and means I can skip on the sun cream on ‘makeup days.’

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The packaging is simply adorable, pretty and pink with a metalic pink lid. Once opened there is a good sized mirror and a compartment for the little sponge applicator pad. Underneath is the foundation soaked sponge, it says in the instuctions once opened make sure you pop the top down tightly which I assume is to stop it drying out quickly.

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I was worried the foundation might feel slightly watery or dried out but I was wrong! It has the consistency of a normal creamy foundation and i was suprised how much product was soaked into the sponge, one dab with the applicator went a long way. The foundation is advertised as a summer glowy foundation, glowy foundations aren’t usually my thing. I tend to lean towards matte foundation formulas and add some highlight but in the summer this can feel a tad heavy and look fairly unnatural. On first application of the Nude Magique Cushion I decided to tap it on as specificity in the Instructions for a natural light coverage, I was slightly freaked out as I starting applying the product as it looked pretty shiney but as I built up more coverage and left it to dry I was pleased with the results, it had evened out my skin tone and given the skin a radiant healthy looking glow. I used a light dust of powder to set the foundation and after applying my usual makeup I was incredibly happy with the results, it’s looks natural and sat really well over my primer. (Freedom Makeup London priming water)

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Through the day the foundation wore really well, even after my natural oils started flowing it didn’t look crazy greasy. I took a photo after about two hours wear in the sunlight to show how it had settled into my skin and trying to capture the summer glow the foundation gives. Not sure if I achieved that but I did try lol!

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Maybe I do like this glowy skin thing after all?! I feel like I’ve had a really good skin day which is 100% down to the Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, here is a photo after 8 hours of wear, two of those hours were doing hardcore sweaty house work. As you can see it has moved about a little bit, but for a light coverage summer foundation I’m more than happy with that!

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The only thing I haven’t mentioned which I feel I must touch on is how the product is applied. Yes I love the formula, the package speaks for itself and I love the novelty and convenience ….but hygienically I’m not sure how I’m going to feel after using it several times. It’s going to be a pain having to wash the sponge after every application, even though my face is clean when I put my makeup on dipping the applicator in and out of the sponge it’s still mixing up product with my face germs lol. Im sure I’ll be able to get over this by keeping the applicator clean and only using it when I first apply my makeup, not dabbing in and out throughout the day. I had to mention this as I know it would be a real deal breaker for some people whereas other people wouldn’t even think of it like that.

Overall I think this is a great product I’d highly recommend, even with the applicator washing!!! The final result is so pretty and summery, it quick and easy to apply and you have great control over the coverage. I’d love to hear what you think of this product in the comments below.

Becca xxx