Spring Makeup Look

I love Spring makeup. I love having a lighter base, I love looking more glowy and radiant.

BUT, skincare is just as important when trying to achieve a dewy, glowy makeup look.

And, as much as I love A/W makeup, by the time Spring comes around, I am SO ready for a switch up of my makeup bag.

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The primer I am using at the minute is the Barry M Flawless Correcting Primer. This is super hydrating, hides any redness and really evens my skin tone. My skin is left feeling dry and dull after the colder months, so I am up for anything that will help hydrate and make it so much easier to apply my makeup.

The foundation that I am obsessing over right now and is perfect for this time of year, is the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear foundation and it goes beautifully with the L’Oreal primer! I am also loving the It Cosmetics CC Cream – it is so god damn good. Super hydrating, glowy, and insane coverage, what more do you want?

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To cover any blemishes,  I use the NARS Soft Matte Concealer. This is nowhere near as matte as it sounds, and I am so glad I decided to give this a try. It has the perfect formula and the right amount of coverage to cover blemishes or any redness that I’ve got going on (most of the time). And again, not too heavy on the skin. I use this with a damp beauty blender so that it doesn’t cling to any dry areas, or I find it blends really well with fingers.

Under my eyes, I use the Maybelline Eraser Eye Brightener. This is super light on the skin, and is the only product I have found that doesn’t crease under my eyes! It has a very sheer amount of coverage but really does brighten. It’s very similar to the YSL Touché Eclat, so if you’re looking for a good dupe for that…

I have a new favourite bronzer. I put down my beloved Benefit Hoola, and I picked up the NARS Laguna Bronzer in Rome in January and I have used it everyday since. It blends like an absolute dream and is the perfect shade for me. It doesn’t look muddy or too warm toned. I LOVE IT. I wish I had gotten this sooner.

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For blush and highlight, I have been using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Peonies Please Blush/Highlighter. This is the perfect product for Spring and is crazyyyy pigmented – you need to try it!

For brows, I use my trusty Fleur De Force x Eylure Brow Define Pencil in the shade medium. This is all I use on my brows these days. Doesn’t smudge, and stays in place all day!

For eyeshadow, I have been using the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. You can create so many different looks with this palette. You honestly can’t go wrong.

Tanya Burr Selfie Lash is my new favourite mascara. I am so fussy with mascara’s, but I’d heard so many great things about it and I saw it was on offer in Superdrug so I had to give it ago. Let’s just say, I’m going back to buy a load more while they’re on offer. It is insanely good – very similar to the YSL Babydoll mascara.

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The cold Winter months have absolutely ruined my lips. They are so dry and cracked that all I have been putting on them at the minute is Carmex (preferably the Mint one) and it seems to be working a treat. I can’t wait to be able to wear lipstick again!

Anybody else completely ready for Spring and Summer? Winter is my absolute FAVE, but I am so ready for a bit of sunshine.

What your go-to Spring makeup picks?

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May Faves!

Hey everyone!

Wow. It has been soooo long since I did a monthly faves… This may be a slightly longer favourites post as it has been quite a while since my last one, and apologies for it being slightly late. So, let’s get stuck in!

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I have really been loving the Clinique 2-in-1 Beyond Perfection foundation. My Mum used this and couldn’t stop raving about it, so I thought I’d give it a try myself. I went to my local boots, where I got matched up and given a sample to try before I buy. I tried it the next day and knew I needed to buy it. I got this in the shade 2, Alabaster. The applicator for this foundation is more concealer-like, with a large dofer applicator. I really like this as it isn’t messy and applies super quick and easily. I find it blends best with a damp beauty blender, and it gives a medium, but buildable coverage. It evens out skin tone really nicely, and gives a demi-matte finish. It lasts such a long time, and doesn’t transfer as easily as other foundations do. A little really does go a long way with this, and I have been reaching for it a lot. I’m not all that into foundations at the minute, and besides tinted moisturisers and BB creams, this is the only one that seems to be working well for my skin right now!

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I’m not really into heavy or full coverage finishes, however… The Urban Decay NAKED concealer is an absolute god-send when it comes to covering up really bad spots and blemishes. It is super full-coverage, but isn’t heavy looking or cakey at all! It also doesn’t wear as easily. Some other concealers tend to wear and rub off, particularly in more oily areas – which is where I usually get spots (my chin) and this seems to last all day. LOVE.

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The next product is a powder foundation. I have never tried one of these before, but I had heard such amazing things that I had to give it a go. This is the Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation. I am absolutely in love with this! It is perfect when I have a very light-coverage base on underneath as this just evens out my skin tone a little more, keeping the oil at bay and keeps my makeup in place all day. As you can see from the photo, I dropped it and it smashed into a million pieces. It isn’t a massive issue as I can still use it, but whenever I put my brush into the pan, it just ends up going everywhere, so I need to pick up a new one!

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My next favourite is a mascara. When this first came out, everybody loved it and I absolutely hated it, I just couldn’t get on with it and I don’t know why – maybe I had a dodgy one? But now, I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational almost every single day. It lengthens and volumizes my lashes, making them look crazyyyy long! I also really like this for bottom lashes too. It does give lashes that slightly clumpy look, not massively, but if you’re not into that then this isn’t for you. BUT, if you love that clumped together look, then you will absolutely love this mascara! I will continue to repurchase this over and over…

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I’m not all that venturous when it comes to brows. I find brows that much of a faff that when I find a product I’m happy with and enjoy using, I just kind of stick with it. But somebody recommended the Sleek Brow Kit and I thought it was about time I tried something new on my brows, and now, I genuinely don’t think I will use anything else to fill them in! I have it in the shade Dark, and Light, and the lighter one seems to be working a little better now that my hair is also lighter. I apply the wax first, using my Zoeva Brow Line brush, starting on the edges and outside of my brow, working my way in and then fill them in, using less product at the front. I then go over them in the powder to help add a bit more colour, set them and keep them in place. It is super easy and still keeps brows looking quite natural, which I love.

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The Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light Gold is a new discovery and one I think is the perfect addition to my makeup  bag for Summer! This gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin and such a lovely shade, not too warm, nor cool toned. It is great to use all over the face and for adding a little bit of depth, and the teeniest bit of shimmer. Perfect for giving you that subtle, summer glow!

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My final favourite is a perfume. Perfume is something I am SO fussy and particular with; I go from one extreme to the other. From really dark, heavy and woody scents, to really light, soft, and fresh. For my birthday, Jake bought me a bottle of Jo Malone in the scent Mimosa and Cardamom. Oh. My. God. It is insane. It’s a really lightweight, and fresh scent, with slighter warmer, woodier undertones. It is great for all year round, but is particularly lovely during these gorgeous summer evening’s we have been having lately. This lasts all day, and I already know that I will be repurchasing this! I have also tried out Pomegranate Noir, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay and Myrhh & Tonka, so I am SO torn as to which one to buy next as they are all so beautiful. Jo Malone products are perfect for gift ideas, and are such a luxurious product to own.

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That is all for my May Faves. I hope you enjoyed. If you have tried any of these products, let me know!

Meg x

 

COLLAB: High-End, Mid-Year Faves

Hello lovelies, I hope you’re all enjoying your Summer so far! What has everyone been up to?

So, this week’s post is going to be slightly different as it is a collaboration with the lovely Lauren (check out her blog here). I am super excited as this is my first blogging collaboration! This week is going to be part one of our mid-year favourites, so we are going to be chatting you through the high-end bits and pieces that we have been loving so far this year, and next time, will be our drugstore faves.

My first favourite is NARS Sheer Glow. I have tried so many different foundations and I always, always, always come back to this one. It just works absolutely perfectly for me. It blends beautifully, it gives a medium to full coverage, giving you that gorgeous ‘glow from within’ look. It lasts all day, doesn’t crease or transfer and applies really well with fingers, a brush, or a beauty blender. Even though it does give a very dewy, glowy look, it is still perfect for all year round and is certainly something I could not be without.

 

 

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The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is something that I use every single day. I cannot even explain how good this product is. A lot of people say to me, “I can’t believe that you spend that much on something that just takes your makeup off!”. But, I honestly believe that you can’t put a price on your skincare routine and taking care of my skin is super important to me. This doesn’t just remove my makeup, but it cleanses my skin and plays a really crucial part in my skincare routine. I have been using this product for almost a year now and I have tried many other cleansing oils and makeup removing products but nothing else seems to compare or does the job just as good. I don’t suffer from break-outs that often, my skin is fairly clear and I genuinely think that this product has a lot to do with that. It is definitely worth the price tag!

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Now, onto Lauren’s faves…

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I have used this bronzer by Benefit every day since I purchased it. Admittedly, I purchased it very recently, but I couldn’t not include it in my yearly beauty favourites. I’ve tried a lot of bronzers and contour kits etc etc but I’ve never come across one as easy to blend as this! For someone who is rubbish at all things contouring, it’s perfect. It is a little pricey for just a little box of bronzer (£23.50) but personally I think it’s worth it. I’m yet to hit pan and I get a lot of use out of it!

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I think almost every single blogger in the blogosphere has an opinion on Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s cult Champagne Pop highlighter. Personally, I love it – I’ve used it almost every day since purchasing it and I am so upset to say that I have hit pan. This won’t be expensive to replace once it runs out (£32) but I 100% will because I couldn’t live without it! It looks extremely orangey in photos (and, admittedly in real life) but it gives off the most amazing glow. I like to use a second highlighter over the top to intensify the glow, but you definitely don’t need to. I just like to stop traffic with my highlight.

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That is all for our mid-year high-end faves. I hope you enjoyed this post! Let us know what high-end products you couldn’t live without in the comments section and don’t forget to check out and follow Lauren’s blog! Keep your eyes peeled for our drugstore faves!

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Links and prices below;

NARS Sheer Glow £31

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm £59 (currently 15% off)

Benefit Hoola Bronzer £23.50

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop £32

February Favourites

As February is a shorter month, my favourites are going to be short and sweet!

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I have recently rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the L’Oreal Glam Bronze bronzer in the shade 00. This was one of the first bronzers I used and it never disappoints! I seem to have forgotten about this bronzer ever since I started using Hoola by Benefit. This bronzer is such a lovely shade and gives the perfect, natural glow. I also love that this bronzer is matte, making it a lot more subtle and natural in comparison to other bronzers and it doesn’t leave the skin looking muddy! This is definitely an oldie, but a goodie.

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The Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser is my next favourite. I received a Liz Earle gift set for Christmas and immediately fell in love! I have used up the samples and repurchased the full sized products. My favourite has to be the moisturiser; it is so rich and creamy and really hydrates my skin. This has become an absolute must for my skincare!

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A primer that I have been loving is the Flawless Brightening Primer by Barry M. Barry M is usually a brand that I associate with nail polish and have never really looked at their other products. But, I am so impressed with this primer! It really does brighten up my complexion and doesn’t leave my skin feeling too oily or greasy and keeps my makeup in place all day!

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I have also been loving the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in the shade Light. This is a concealer but also works well as a highlighter. I think this is really similar to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, but with a bit more coverage. This is perfect for covering up dark circles and brightening up my eyes!

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This month, I have fallen completely in love with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I never used to be a fan of makeup sponges or beauty blenders for applying foundation as I preferred to really work and buff the foundation into my skin, but I have been really enjoying using this. It is better for more of a light coverage finish and leaves the skin looking so smooth and flawless. It is also incredible for blending in concealer too! This has definitely become a staple for my makeup routine.

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My final favourite is the new shampoo and conditioner from the Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume range. I must admit, I was a bit reluctant in using these because you condition before you shampoo, BUT… it is amazing and it really does make a difference. My hair is so much bouncier and shinier and I am obsessed with it!

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I hope you enjoyed this month’s favourites, let me know what you’ve been loving!

Links and prices below;

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer 00 £8.99

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser £20.25

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer £5.99

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer £8.49

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo £4.99

Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System Pre-Wash Conditioner £4.99