Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector

Here is another highlighter from the Sephora haul! Once you see swatches of this one I think that is why I was slightly disappointed by the Fenty Beauty highlighter as this is so intense!

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This is not the shade I would usually pick for a highlighter, I usually go for typical neutral shades but I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone because this shade is just gorgeous!

 

The highlighter is colour shifting duo-chrome which I think is why it looks so beautiful on because it looks different depending on the lighting and can go from a lavender pink shade to looking more golden.

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The highlighter is typical to Becca’s normal formulas and is very creamy and smooth making it easy to blend out on the skin. I would apply this with a fan brush for a more subtle look or for a more intense payoff I use a Real Techniques Setting Brush.

Overall this highlighter is beautiful and lasts long on the skin before fading. I believe this shade is limited edition and is available from various online retailers.

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Fenty Beauty Highlighter Duo

Hey everyone, I am going to be trying to make my posts more regular now, I recently went to Paris so that obviously meant my first trip to Sephora! I have so many products that I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them with you all.

First up we have the Fenty Beauty Killawatt highlighter duo in Girl Next Door and Chic Phreak. As I am sure you will have seen everyone has been going crazy for Rihanna’s new makeup range Fenty Beauty, this was the only thing I picked up from the range but it is lovely.

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The highlighter comes in white octagon shaped packaging with a iridescent finish which looks nice but does feel quite cheap for a ‘high end’ brand.  It does contain a nice decent sized mirror inside for on the go touch ups. There’s a total 7g of product which isn’t bad for a highlighter.

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Girl Next Door is a light pink highlighter with silver reflects, the shade has a lovely finish and looks smooth on the skin and not glittery. It is quite a subtle highlighter on my skin tone so is lovely for day to day wear.

Chic Phreak is more of a peachy pink shade with more golden undertones, this one looks great as a highlight or mixed in with a matte blush of a similar shade if you don’t want to use highlight.

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Left – Girl Next Door Right – Chic Phreak

I am quite impressed by this although I did expect the highlighter to be much easier to build and look stronger on the skin but it does look great for a more subtle day to day look.

The Fenty Beauty range is currently exclusive to Harvey Nichols in the UK and Sephora, the highlighter costs £26 for those of you in the UK. I was very impressed by the range in shades for highlighters as there definitely will be one for every skin tone. They also have  a very wide range of foundation shades although as I have super dry skin at the moment the foundation would not be right for me as it is more aimed at oily skin types.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

I think this might be one of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products that I have tried so far. It is something I have looked at so many times online but wanted to swatch it first, when I was in Glasgow last week I visited the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Glasgow and tried this for the first time.

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I picked the Beauty Glow palette as it looked perfect for a everyday look, I also picked up the Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze to intensify the eye shadows for night looks. The palette consists of three eye shadows following Charlotte’s famous ‘prime, enhance and smoke’ method so the look can easily be adapted for day or night wear.

 

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Left to Right – Prime, Enhance, Smoke

It also includes a bronzer and highlight the same as what is in the filmstar bronze and glow palette which I use every day for a natural contour. Finally the palette also has a cheek ‘swish’ and a cheek ‘pop’ shade the swish shade is a neutral rose shade and the pop shade is a brighter pink shade that really awakens the skin.

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Left to Right – Filmstar Bronze, Cheek Swish, Cheek Pop, Filmstar Glow

The palette has so many beautiful bronze and rose shades that really complement every skin tone. This retails for £49 and is perfect for those of you on the go and is also great for travelling. I struggle to pack light especially for makeup so this has been perfect for me. 

If you would like a extra blog post this week reviewing this month’s Glossybox contents like this post or comment below.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

It has been so long since I managed to post anything but I managed to find this post I had prepared but didn’t get round to posting it, update I have since finished the Magic Cream and since reading this post and being reminded of how much I love it I will be buying more this week.

I have wanted to try this product for so long and finally got the chance to after I had been gifted this for Christmas.

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I received Charlotte’s magic box which was an offer on Black Friday. The box came with 11 products worth over £300! I was over the moon when I opened the box and found this on Christmas morning as it is something I have wanted to buy for so long but could not justify spending £70 on a moisturiser, every time I went to buy it I would end up spending the money on Charlotte Tilbury make up as I could get more for the £70 than the moisturiser.

I should have bought this a long time ago as it is truly magic! My skin has never felt or looked so healthy and moisturised before! My skin can be oily throughout the day but I do get some dry patches in my t-zone but this seems to have completely balanced out my skin.

The moisturiser is decently sized at 50ml which considering most moisturisers are 30ml for about £30-£40 so the pricing is not too bad considering you don’t need to use a lot of it compared to some other moisturisers and the results are fantastic!

The moisturiser includes BioNymph peptide which helps to increase collagen production in the skin and smooth out any fine lines (luckily I don’t have them yet!) This also includes rosehip and camellia oils along with vitamin E which helps to brighten dull skin and give a youthful glowing look. The wild pansy extract helps to lock the moisture into the skin. Plus some of Charlottes magic!!

This is perfect for any ages, I use it on myself (I am 19) and love it. My Mum also loves it as she keeps asking me to let her use some! Think I may need to order her some for her birthday so she stops stealing mine! Although I don’t particularly need anti-aging products this is amazing for younger skin also!

Charlotte Tilbury has been one of my favourite make up brands for quite a while now (as some of you have probably noticed!) and Charlotte is a huge inspiration to me as a make up artist.

I would recommend you check out the Charlotte Tilbury website or a counter if you have one nearby as it is truly high quality products. http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/ also for video on application check out Charlotte’s video as I suck at explaining the application of skincare. Charlotte’s video goes in depth of using the moisturiser to wake up your skin and really work it in to get the best benefits.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

So I stepped out of my Rollerlash comfort zone to try this mascara and I am so glad I did!! This mascara is perfect, for those familiar with Benefit mascara this one is like They’re Real and Rolerlash in one! So now I don’t need to buy both!

This looks fantastic on all eyes and really lengthens, thickens and curls the lashes to give you that wide eyed look and makes me look awake in the mornings most importantly! This mascara is perfect for everyone so whether you have naturally long, short, curly or straight lashes you will love it.

I don’t curl my lashes while using this mascara as I don’t need to with this as it does it for me. The Legendary Lashes mascara comes in gorgeous packaging as all Charlotte’s products do and is great for both day and night wear. Although if you are wanting more of a day time look the 5 star mascara is also great.

The only downside to this mascara is it is very wet and doesn’t seem to completely dry down which stops the mascara from flaking but I noticed if I don’t set my eye completely the mascara can transfer where the top of my lashes touch my eyelid. I would keep this in mind if you are likely to get emotional while wearing this mascara as it is far from waterproof and your makeup will be a hot mess!!

At the moment this is my favourite mascara ever and can’t see me going back to my old favourites for a long time! This retails for £25 and can be bought online here http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/legendary-lashes-volumizing-mascara.html

Raising Awareness – Fake Makeup

Hello all, it’s been so long since I put up a post I am so sorry but I should hopefully be able to post more frequently now as I have just got a new laptop my last one was pretty slow so put me off posting so often.

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Anyway on to the important stuff, recently I have came across so much advertising on sites such as Facebook for pages selling fake or ‘replica’ makeup. Now ‘replica’ makeup is basically makeup where the packaging is pretty similar if not exactly the same as the real makeup but the product inside is fake. Most replicas will be for the big expensive brands such as Kylie Cosmetics, MAC, Anastasia Beverly Hills and so on, as there has been a rise in popularity of these brands people have seen the opportunity to make fake products for those who cannot afford the real thing or are looking for a bargain.

As the popularity of these brands grow so has the amount of fakes being produced. I have experienced fake makeup myself when a friend who knows how much I love makeup had bought me a makeup set from a Facebook page now the person who bought it doesn’t wear makeup and didn’t know much about it or how much makeup from this brand would usually cost so there was no cause for concern at how much cheaper it was than on the companies website. I knew straight away it was fake, there was a brush set in the bag with one of the spongey eyeshadow brushes that this company doesn’t make. I still had a look through the products that were in the little set the first thing I looked at was the liquid eyeliner which as soon as I opened it smelled of bleach!! This could have been extremely dangerous especially putting it so close to my eyes and could have damaged my sight had I put it on. The rest of the makeup was very similar smelled of chemicals and as someone who uses that brand the packing was quite obviously fake to myself.

I believe this is something that needs to be shared there are more and more stories coming out about people who have seriously damaged their skin with fake products such as 3rd degree burns, lips and eyes being stuck together and the list goes on! I think personally the main cause of this is many people do not know they are buying a fake and think it is just a good bargain. The best thing to do when purchasing makeup is to buy the makeup from their website or a well known makeup store (Debenhams, House of Fraser, Sephora, Boots etc) this will mean it is extremely unlikely to get a fake product. Also look out for differences in packaging to the original there’s usually a slightly different font or colour to the original.

It has also become harder to see if something is fake as now the packaging looks so similar to the original. Something else that is good to know about fakes is the products are not approved for sale like normal products would need to be so there is no way to tell what is in them or if they are safe to use on skin and often contain ingredients that are not banned from use in makeup. It is also known a lot of these products have been tested on animals illegally. The products are usually made in a unsanitary environment with profits funding drugs, trafficking and terrorism.

Usually with a very low price for these items seems to be too good it usually is. I am not saying that every item of fake makeup out there will cause serious harm but is that a risk you would really want to take to save some money when cheaper branded makeup is just as good as some of the higher end brands?

 

 

Hit or Miss? Cutisonic Review.

20160903_220342The Cutisonic sonic facial cleanser and makeup applicator claims to be a facial cleanser and makeup applicator in one. I was super excited to try this out as I have been looking into getting a sonic cleanser recently to get a deeper cleanse on my skin so I was really excited to try this out when I received* this.

The Cutisonic comes with a makeup sponge for the device, the silicone brush top and a charging cable. The device itself is super compact and waterproof so safe to use in the shower!

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The Cutisonic has silicone bristles which is a makes the product different to any other sonic brushes on the market. Due to this the brush is softer on the skin and not as harsh and doesn’t over exfoliate the skin, while still achieving a deep cleanse. I have been using this as a second cleanser after removing my makeup with either micellar water or a makeup wipe. It truly horrifies me how much makeup was on the Cutisonic after using it as I thought all my makeup was off but I was clearly mistaken! My skin feels so clean and fresh after using this, the first time I used it I did feel like it dried out my skin a little but I just made sure I applied moisturiser and after a few more uses I didn’t have the same dry feeling so was just my skin getting used to such a deep cleanse! I have never used any other sonic cleanser so I can’t say how it compares to any others on the market but it does make my skin feel very soft and squeaky clean! I use 1 pump of Clinique liquid facial soap on the cleanser and this is enough to cover my full face.

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The Cutisonic works by using vibrations (22,000 per minute) this works to break up and pull out all the dirt in your pores. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started using this about 2 weeks ago, my skin has cleared up dramatically and I have noticed most of my pesky blackheads and whiteheads have disappeared!

One major thing that makes this product different to any other on the market as you can also use this as a makeup applicator, in the box you also receive a sponge that can be used in place of the silicone bristles. This really works the foundation into the skin and makes your skin look very natural. I do personally prefer more full coverage but this is perfect for those days when you are going for a more natural look. I also found that making the sponge damp helped me get a slightly fuller coverage. When applying makeup I use the Cutisonic on the low setting and for cleansing I use it on the high setting.

The Cutisonic retails for £59.99 on Amazon but is on offer for the month of September for £49.99.

**Update the replacement sponges and silicon pads are now available from Amazon for £8.99.

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*Disclaimer – I was given this product a couple of weeks ago to review, before I start this post I want all my readers to know my review will be 100% honest even if I didn’t pay for the product and that goes for if anything similar happens in the future with any other products. I will only ever give you my honest opinion on any products because I want this blog to be helpful for anyone thinking about buying any of the products I feature.