Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is my all time favourite setting spray, I have been using it for years. Mainly for events and not everyday use. It is perfect for nights out, weddings and parties or hot summer days – not that we get many in Scotland!

The spray helps to reduce makeup breaking up, fading and settling into pores and fine lines. The setting spray comes out as a fine mist and keeps makeup looking freshly applied for hours. The formula contains no oil and contains some really cool technology explained on the Urban Decay website as Temperature Control Technology, the setting spray is designed to lower the temperature of your makeup.

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The product doesn’t leave a tacky feeling to the skin as the light mist dries so quickly. This is perfect for all skin tones and skin types as it does not dry out the skin.

The setting spray retails for £23.50 for 118ml or £10 for the travel size 30ml. The product is available from the Urban Decay website

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Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

I decided to try this powder after my sister in-law had been raving about it for so long! I can safely say this powder does not disappoint!

This powder is great as it is translucent it is perfect for setting over any cream contour, blush or highlight as it will not affect the colour underneath or add anymore coverage. The powder is great for those with oily/combination skin mainly but even although my skin has been super dehydrated recently while still being oily within my T-Zone it has not been clinging to any dry patches or making them more noticeable at all.

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This powder keeps my skin looking matte for around 6-8 hours and comes with a little powder puff which is great for travelling although I would recommend changing these over every 1-2 weeks as they collect so much bacteria. The powder is also very lightweight on the skin and does not feel cakey like some other mattifying powders I have used previously.

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The powder comes in a luxury purple compact that feels very durable, the powder I have has been thrown around in my handbag and the powder has stayed intact although I have yet to drop it on something that is not carpet, I say yet to as I am so clumsy it is bound to happen at some point!

I would be interested to know how this performs on darker skin tones as a lot of translucent powders can leave a white cast/grey look to darker skin tones so if you know anyone who has tried it let me know how it performs in the comments below.

This powder retails for £20 in the UK and is available from the Urban Decay website.

Glam Glow Masks

I have been dying to try out these Glam Glow masks for so long but they are quite expensive and I have been liking some of the new drugstore face masks (more on this later) I got this absolute bargain from Debenhams where they had a Christmas gift set reduced from £42 to £27 and had a £25 voucher so who could say no to that!

I am so glad I bought this set as it has made such a different to my skin which has been temperamental recently to say the least!

The set comes with a full size Supermud mask (worth £42 alone) and mini Gravitymud, Thirstymud and Youthmud masks.

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The Supermud mask has been brilliant at clearing up my skin, this is a unisex mask and my partner has been using this also and it has made a difference to his skin also. This mask can be used as a allover mask or as a one spot treatment for problem areas. The first time I used this mask I used it all over but as I only have certain problem areas with my skin I have since only been using the mask on problem areas (mainly because I am trying to make the pot last as long as possible!)

The mask contains a variety of acids (Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic) which helps clear up the blemishes (I noticed a major difference after using once) this mask does not irritate the skin or dry it out and skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated after use. The mask goes on a charcoal black colour and dries to a lighter grey, once dried should be rinsed off (around 20 minutes) and used 2-3 times per week depending on your skin. The only thing I am not loving about the mask is it smells slightly like liquorice which I am not personally a fan of.

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The Gravitymud Mask is a firming treatment that is a beautiful chrome silver colour, that dries down and should be peeled off this takes about 20-30 minutes. It is recommended to use over the whole face and neck but as this is one of the smaller masks I only used this on my face so I could use this more. The mask left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Although my skin is still youthful I did feel the mask left my contours more defined and skin more firm.

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The Thirstymud Mask this mask comes in a thick gel like formula and is a hydrating treatment, this is great for over the winter period especially when I feel my skin needs that little more TLC than usual. The mask can be left on for 20-30 minutes then the rest can be rinsed off or massaged into the skin, this could also be used as a overnight mask. This mask made my skin feel so hydrated and dewy it was amazing! This mask softens the skin while leaving the skin looking radiant and healthy. This mask would also be great to use after a flight as this also seems to majorly dry out skin.

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The Youthmud Mask works to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin GlamGlow have called this the ten minute ‘facial in a jar’ the mask works to eliminate dead skin cells, remove pore impurities and tighten the skin. The mask has a tingling effect which takes a little getting used to and should be removed after 10 minutes with water in circular motions to exfoliate the skin.

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This set is perfect for trying out the Glam Glow products. I would personally repurchase the Supermud and Thirstymud masks as I do not feel I need the Gravitymud mask for my skin yet and I could not get used to the tingling sensation for the Youthmud mask. Glam Glow have grown majorly as a brand over the past two years and now have a variety of different products to choose from so there will be something for everyone but this set of their bestsellers is perfect to see what is best for you. While this set was for Christmas there will be a set available that may be slightly different.

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

I have been using this foundation for about a year now, I have tried going back to my normal higher end foundations but find myself going back to this every time!

This foundation is medium coverage but can be built up to a full coverage if desired. The foundation leaves a velvet matte finish and has an oil free formula which is great for those with oilier skin types, I have a few dry patches at the moment and the foundation does not cling to any dry patches on my skin.

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Although the skin has a medium to full coverage it feels very lightweight and does not feel thick or cakey on the skin. The foundation contains SPF 15 but I have not noticed any flashback in pictures when I have been using this.

This is one of the few foundations that does not cause my skin to break out or aggravate it so I would recommend this to those of you with sensitive skin. This foundation does not settle into pores or fine lines so is brilliant for disguising enlarged pores when used along with a smoothing primer.

The bottle design for this reduces the amount of foundation wastage as the bottom of the bottle moves up as you use the foundation, it also comes in a lightweight plastic bottle which is great for me as I have managed to smash so many glass foundation bottles its ridiculous!

I would recommend going to a local No7 counter as they have a photo device which determines exactly what shade you should use, they also have a range of different formulas for all different skin types. Most of my family have now been converted to No7 foundations but we all use different formulas. As I have sensitive skin I mentioned this to the woman that served me and she gave me a sample pot of a couple to take away first to see which one worked best with my skin.

The No7 foundations range from £10-£18 (this particular one is £15) Boots normally have some sort of offer on the No7 range – I personally wait until it is on 3 for 2 and stock up on foundation.

They also offer guidance booklets on blushers, bronzers, lipsticks and concealers that match your skin tone for those who are unsure what shades are best to use.

Makeup Forever Smoothing Primer

So I decided to step outside my POREfessional comfort zone and start trying out other pore minimising and smoothing primers, I will eventually be doing a battle of the primers post comparing all of the smoothing primers I have tried over the past few months.

This primer is very similar to the Porefessional although it is slightly thicker so I feel it smooths over more of my pores and disguises my expression lines than the POREfessional does.

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The primer is a great base for any foundation and I feel these types of primers work great on my skin and help my foundation last much longer. I wear primer everyday I wear makeup as I feel completely naked without it now! The smoothing primer also helps to blur any imperfections along with pores and fine lines.

This leaves a satin like finish to the skin and as the primer does not contain any oil it will help those with oilier skin types also.

I would recommend applying a small amount of this primer to the back of your hand doting on to the face and patting in rather than rubbing as this will ensure the product is only where you want it on your skin. It should only be applied in the areas you need to – for enlarged pores this will usually be in the T-Zone.

This retails for £25.50 in the UK and is available from Debenhams.

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette

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As those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know I love Jaclyn Hill and how much of an inspiration she was in the making of this blog.

I have wanted to try out Morphe products for so long so when I found out they had started selling through Beauty Bay and now have their own UK website I bought the Jaclyn Hill palette as soon as it became available from Beauty Bay.

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The palette contains 35 original shades created by Jaclyn and Morphe, retailing at £37 you are paying just over £1 per shadow and for the quality of them this is amazing!! I have been completely converted to Morphe shadows since trying this palette as they are brilliant value for money, the shadows are all highly pigmented, super creamy and so buttery. There is a limited amount of fallout from all shadows in the palette. I have since received three Morphe palettes as Christmas presents which you will see reviews on over the next few weeks.

The variety of shades in this palette is beautiful from rose golds, burgandy, golds, greens and of course matte pukey brown shades! This palette really does have something for everyone and with endless possibilities of looks. The shades also have a variety of finishes from shimmers, glitters, mattes, satin and foils.

The foil and glitter shades have a brilliant colour payoff but can also be used with fix + or a damp brush to intensify colour payoff for a more intense look.

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First two rows left to right

The first row contains Enlight and Beam which are two beautiful highlight shades that look amazing in the inner corner or as a browbone highlight, I usually mix the two shades together. These shades also look amazing on the eyelid with a smokey brown outer corner, they create more of a sheen than having a glittery payoff. Silk Creme pretty much matches my skin tone so is perfect as my first transition shade. ‘M.F.E.O is slightly darker than Silk Creme so also looks great as a original transition shade. Faint is a beautiful everyday shimmer shade with a hint of rose pink reflects followed by Sissy a gorgeous pink shade with gold reflects. The final shade in the row is Little Lady which is THE most gorgeous rose gold shadow I have ever used. I have been looking for the perfect rose gold shimmer shade for so long and I have finally found it in this absolute beauty of a palette.

The second row contains four matte brown transition shades ranging from Creamsicle a warm mustard shade to my favourite of them all and the perfectly named Pukey. Hunts is next up which is a gorgeous matte warm red shade which goes perfectly in the crease with the following shade Firework a beautiful metallic copper. The last shade on this row is Queen a blindingly metallic molten gold shade.

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Third and fourth rows left to right

The third row begins with the shade Obsessed is a light beige metallic shade that is brilliant for using on the lid, especially on those days you need your eyes to look a little brighter. S.B.N is a more neutral metallic copper shade this one I prefer to use with Fix+ to intensify the shade. Hilster is a gorgeous warm red brown metallic shade that is so stunning for a more dramatic look. Roxanne is a beautiful matte warm brown shade, followed by possibly my favourite shade Jacz a matte burgandy, dark red shades are notoriously hard to make and most can be patchy and hard to blend out. Buns is a lighter matte medium brown shade that is stunning as part of a warm smokey eye. The final shade on this row is Cranapple a gorgeous metallic Cranberry red shade.

The fourth row is where the pops of colour start with the first shade Royalty a deep purple shade with pinky shimmery reflects its one of those shades that looks different in all different lighting. Twerk is a stunning royal metallic royal blue shade which looks great as a gorgeous pop of colour. Hustle is a metallic cool taupe brown shade  that goes great with a smokey eye. Meeks is golden metallic shade perfect for my kind of everyday wear. 24/7 is a gorgeous metallic dark brown shade that looks amazing this one has a slight amount of glitter in it and is one of the shades I notice a slight amount of fallout with but nothing that will ruin your makeup (tip – if doing eye makeup after foundation bake under the eyes so it is easier to clean up any fallout.) Chip is a matte brown shade with subtle warm undertones followed by Mocha another matte brown but this one is more opaque and has warmer undertones.

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Final row

The final row begins with the stunning shade Pool Party a metallic teal blue shade that is great as a pop of colour, Jada (named after Jaclyn’s neice) is a gorgeous matte green/blue shade that is so buttery and easy to blend. Next up is my number one favourite shade in the palette Diva a deep metallic forest green shade that is so stunning! Every single time I wear this shade I always get compliments of how gorgeous it looks, especially with warmer tones in the crease and the following shade Enchanted a dark matte green in the outer corner. Central Park is a neutral dark brown shade that is perfect to darken the lash line or outer crease for a more dramatic look. Soda Pop is a gorgeous blackened purple shade and the final shade in the palette is Abyss a matte black with buildable intensity.

My personal favourites in the palette are Pukey, Jacz, Diva, Little Lady and Firework. I have included a few looks I have created so far using the palette but if you would like to know how they were created in more detail or would like to see looks using a specific shade please let me know in the comments below.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Another Sephora purchase. Something I had on my wish list for Sephora was to try out a lot of different liquid lipsticks, I already have quite a few already but I wanted to try all different brands to see what else is put there.

I bought a couple from ABH and I absolutely love them! I will definitely be buying more and have already noted down a few for my wish list.  I bought the shades ‘Trouble’ (Sephora exclusive) and ‘Catnip’ they are both completely out of my comfort zone as i usually go for pinky brown nudes but I am so glad I picked these as they look stunning on.

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The ABH liquid lipstick formula is amazing, the coverage is so opaque and the lipstick lasts for hours without drying the lips too much. I have found all matte liquid lipsticks do become drying on the lips but so far this one has lasted the longest before it becomes uncomfortable to wear. When the lipsticks do start to feel super drying I tend to put some lipgloss or balm on but this does usually stop the lipstick lasting so long on the lips.

Trouble is a cool neutral mauve shade, this shade looks beautiful on and goes so well with a dramatic smokey eye or also looks great with a simple everyday look. The shade is so versatile and I am so glad I picked something more cool toned compared to what I would normally pick up.

Catnip is a magenta plum shade which again looks beautiful on and is super easy to apply with the doe foot applicator which makes application a breeze especially for darker shades like this. Something more noticeable with the darker shades is that they do not bleed outwith the lip line over time and this is when you can truly see how pigmented these lipsticks are as you don’t have to keep going over the lips to get a opaque coverage.

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Trouble is a Sephora exclusive limited edition shade but all other ABH liquid lipstick shades are available on their own website, through various online retailers and of course at Sephora.