I Thought I made new friends! What happened?

So it goes like this: I was on a night out with a great friend having a good laugh and quite a few Jägerbombs and double Disaronno and cokes. Of course, we had to make compromises due to the long queues at the places we wanted to go (and we are not women who wait – long queues are for bus stops and supermarkets, not a night out). So we landed in a sweet, little bar with no queues and which served drinks – a perfect combo! A table was free so we parked. Happily the table next to us was full of some really chill, nice people. I got chatting to one of them as they kindly showed me where the loo was. Note: I was not that drunk, but I had ‘forgotten’ my glasses (OK, I admit – sometimes vanity gets the best of me).

After I came back I thought you know what? She helped me let’s have a drink together. We were great friends after we came back and so we joined her friends. The conversation flowed, I really connected with these guys –good times. Finally! People who got me and understood where I was coming from. We bonded so well (you can always tell when someone asks if you can go to the loo with them for a chat about a personal problem that they think you might to be able to help with).

At this point I should have had an inkling – why pick me for assistance with clarity and support? Drunk old me? But Ok, I took it. How my world was crushed… as she casually mentioned they were all high on Molly! I don’t make judgements, not something I would do to be honest, its none of my business. BUT the people who finally understood me, who I bonded with, connected with, were all high!  What does that say about me? What is my thought process like, how do I see the world sober(ish)? Do I ramble, do I go off on tangents… So bereft I was I then called my mum when I got home (sorry Mum, I know calls at 3am are not cool, but it was an emergency). ‘Hey Mum, do I talk like I’m out of it?’ I asked… the answer was a simple ‘Yes, Phoebe.’

 

Cool. Great. Good times… Will I ever have a conversation with someone who actually gets me when not under the influence of drugs? Apparently not.

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Powder vs. Cream Contour

Powder vs. Cream contour

 

Contouring will be the death of me: I have yet to master the fabulous art, but I know the basics. I have ‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light. I have tried both individually and both together, but because of my skin I can’t have too much on without it look atrocious. Also, a tip: don’t over-do it – what looks good for a glam selfie doesn’t necessarily look great as a day look.

I mostly use Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light favouring four of the six colours. As with most things in life, sometimes it seems to glide on and blends well  but other times it looks like the result of a mud fight – I’ve no idea why this happens, I use the same foundation, the same brushes, but I struggle getting a consistent good result – and I know it’s user error, not the product! But as they say, practice makes perfect.

The ‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette I use 2 out of 6 and sometimes just the one. However, this product I do struggle with – I love Kat Von D and I want to like her products but I am not happy with this set: The colours aren’t great and the three paler colours look so caked on, even when I apply very sparingly, there is something about this product that just doesn’t suit me.

 

Prices

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light-£39.00

‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette-£37.00

Benefit Brows!

I have three brow products from benefit; 3D Browtones, High Brow Pencil and Ka Brow!

 

The Ka Brow! is pretty good, although the tool that comes with it I’m not a fan of: it’s just too small and I can’t work with it. But the cream-gel is really good – I’ve tried other gels and to be frank, I simply haven’t mastered them, but this one is something I could get used to.

The High Brow Pencil is creamy –it is actually what it says it is! How many times have we all bought products that promised to be ‘creamy’ only to be confronted by scratchy, harsh products rather than the smooth glide you expect from the promise of ‘creamy’. However, although I don’t mind this pencil, I wouldn’t say it is a ‘must have’ – it seems expensive for what it is and it does have a pink undertone, which is a bit of an issue for my skin tone. I’ve tried to get on with it but at the end of the day, despite delivering the creamy texture it says it will, I’m just not feeling it. Maybe the more I use it I might learn to like it, but I’m never going to love this product.

On the other hand, 3D Browtones is fabulous: When you use it don’t expect a big change – it will highlight your brow subtly and makes your brows look more groomed and natural.  Note brow beginners, this may be a good starter product for you.

 

Remember anything you want me to review just let me know!

 

 

Prices

3D Browtones-£18.00

High Brow Pencil-£16.65

Ka Brow!-£18.00

Eyeshadow Palettes Review!!

I’ll get straight into it!

 

My absolute favourite at the moment is Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition, I’m in love: the mix of colours is just divine. One colour I still haven’t tried yet is Flamingo, an almost neon pink – I’m not feeling it, but I just need that special moment (and possibly a Cosmopolitan or a Woo Woo or both) and I’m giving it a try! But the other colours ….. I. am. In. love. With. ‘Trust fund’ is beautiful and ‘Angelic’ is a colour I’ve not seen before so, it was fun experimenting with. They all blend well. I’ve had no problems with this palette and I love that it can be used for anytime of the day looks!

This is another one I use the most ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. I love the colours, I’ve experimented a few times as I have never really tried to work with colours such as ‘Red Ochre’ or ‘Venetian Red’ but the more I played around, the more comfortable I get and the more I like the colours. ‘Antique Bronze’ beats them all of them – for me it’s so pretty I wish I could wear it every day!

 

Naked Urban Decay Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is fabulous, I normally use this for daytime, but I also bring it out when I want to put a bit more effort in with my look. My favourites within the palette are ‘High’; ‘Dirtysweet’; ‘Whiskey’; and ‘Thirteen’, these are so versatile and you can accomplish such a pretty look.

Next brand is Too Faced. The Return of Sexy is a really nice palette. I like that it comes with three leaflets and gives you three looks day/night for each section. The sections are a gold, purple and silver/grey. I like the choices and it’s nice that there is so many colours!

Too Faced Smokey Eye again has three choices, Day, Classic, Fashion. This palette is great if you’re travelling and don’t want to take up a lot of room in your bag.  I love that you can create a variety of looks from one palette – plus it comes with a tip leaflet to give you a few pointers, so if you’re starting out, it’s a great palette to play with.

Benefit Peek-a-Bright Eyes Set I love this! I use this when I am in a rush or if I’m not in the mood or just can’t be bothered with doing my face – doesn’t happen often, but you need to be prepared! It is so simple to use and if you need to travel light, this is a must. Three simple colours along with a cream – it’s such a simple palette but works wonders if you want a quick and easy look.

 

 

Prices

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition-£56.00

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette- £41.00

Naked Urban Decay Smoky Eyeshadow Palette-£39.50

Too Faced The Return of Sexy- £38.50

Too Faced Smokey Eye- £26.00

Benefit Peek-a-Bright Eyes Set- £25.50

Morphe Palettes Review

YAAAAS! These three are my all-time favourites!! Initially, I was worried about the pigment, but with practice became confident in applying, blend, blend, blend!  The texture of these shadows is impressive: it glides onto your eyelid and looks perfect. My only niggle is two of the three palettes have a rather potent and distinctive smell – I don’t mind it, but I need to be real. The smell is the only issue with them and yeah, it was a little disappointing, but I haven’t had any problems with the shadow and I love the colours!

35F 35 Colour Fall Into Frost Palette – great range of colours, they are adorable and despite the wintery title, I feel you can use this palette all year round, as the colours are so versatile. I love the 7 matte shades, they’re fantastic for transition colour and the shimmers are simply delicate and very feminine! I have yet to use all of the colours, as some are a little out there, but I am looking forward to give it a go!

 

35OS 35 Colour Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette – the range of colours, from warm brown to a bronze orange is just perfect for those evenings out when you want a little drama without going full-out smoky.

 

35O 35 Colour Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette – this one has the strongest smell, so beware! I love the chocolate browns, with the beiges and a spark of red/orange. The colours in this palette, especially, complement each other. I like that there is such a wide range of shimmer or matte. I love a shimmer, but the matte eyeshadows stand out for me – you can experiment with so many looks with this palette.

 

Prices

Morphe 35F 35 Colour Fall Into Frost Palette- £22.00

Morphe 35OS 35 Colour Shimmer nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette-£22.00

Morphe 35O 35 Colour Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette- $22.99

 

Makeup Brushes Review

I love makeup brushes! I’m pretty straight forward when it comes to brushes: I have some favourites and they work well for me. Oh, and please don’t judge the brushes, I haven’t cleaned them yet and lets be real it is a lot of effort cleaning brushes, ugh!

 

I’ll start off with the fantabulous Unicorn Brushes! So, in the set there’s a Contour Brush;Flat Top Foundation Brush; Blusher Brush; Brow Brush; Fan Brush; Powder Brush; Concealer Brush; Blending Eyeshadow Brush; and Packing Eyeshadow Brush. They not only look great, they work really well! Like most sets of anything, there are always ones that are used constantly and others that sit neglected in their holders. The ones I use the most are the Powder Brush, Fan Brush, Contour Brush and Foundation Brush. If you love unicorns and all things cute and pretty then this is perfect for you! The price, I think is reasonable, but I can’t tell you about shipping as I pre-ordered mine a while ago. The packaging is fantastic, so if you are looking for a perfect gift for your favourite friend, look no further, or if you have a birthday coming up, I’d start dropping hints 😉

Now Spectrum the Perfect Blend 8 Piece Eye Blending Brush Set, comes with C06 Tulip Eye Contour; A13 Short Smudge; A12 Fluffy Pencil; A07 Stubby Shader; A08 Medium Fluffy Shader; B04 Small Angled Blende; B06 Tall Tapered Blender; and A16 Precision Crease. LOVE, LOVE AND LOVE! These are on my list of must haves, they are THE best Eye Brush Set I have ever bought and I adore them – unlike some people I have known, they have never let me down. My personal favourites would be A12, A16, B06 and A08.

I have two brushes from Zoeva: 102 Silk Finish Brush and 142 Concealer Buffer. They both work wonders, the 102 foundation brush leaves a perfectly smooth finish – until I used this, I was all about the Beauty Blender (will never let that Beauty Blender go though, still a fav), but this is on another level! The Concealer Buffer is okay, I don’t use it as often, I feel kinda neutral about it.

Two more brushes I have are: a Real Techniques Brow Brush – it was in a pack, so I don’t know the price, sorry. I use this on a daily basis and it is pretty good. The other, No.7 Contour & Highlight Brush, is my keep-it-in-my-make-up-bag, for when I’m in a rush and just need that contour to look at natural as contour can be: its simple, effective and quick.

 

Hope You Enjoyed!!

Prices

The Original Unicorn Brushes -£45

Spectrum Perfect Blend 8 Piece Eye Blending Brush Set- £30.00

(Zoeva) 102 Silk Finish Brush- £13.00

(Zoeva) 142 Concealer Buffer- £9.00

No.7 Contour & Highlight Brush- £14.00

Facemasks Part 2

So back with facemasks! I’m going to look at the clay/cream based ones, where if you are lazy like me you put on before a shower and then wash off and happy days…. that’s only on super lazy days 😉

The two here I’ve used a couple of times and they have worked pretty well., They aren’t expensive, so if you are on a budget, these could be the ones for you. Both by Freemans Feeling Beauty Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask  is great for radiance and the Polishing Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub exfoliates and detoxes your pores!

Next up is the L’Oreal clay masks, I was pleasantly surprised by these.

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My favourite one would be the L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask. My skin looks so good after and it really brightens me up! The L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask and L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask, are pretty good too,

but if I had to pick one out of the two, I would pick the purity mask as it does more for me than the detox one! I think these are worth the try but I wouldn’t push you to get them.

 

Now for the  pricier ones….

GLAMGLOW..  love them! My favourites are ThistyMud Hydrating Treatment and YouthMud Tinglefoliate Treatment. These are the best: my skin was really dry but after using ThirstyMud I noticed a difference immediately, my skin felt better and looked better! The YouthMud is interesting my skin has never felt so smooth before, this is great for those who want a brighter and smoother complexion.

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The others, SuperMud Clearing Treatment, FlashMud Brightening Treatment and PowerMud Dualcleanse Treatment are great as well, just not up there with my faves. SuperMud is handy if you want a good cleansing treatment, FlashMud is good if you want to brighten the skin and then there’s PowerMud – it does deep clean your skin leaving it refreshed and ready to take on anything I use this weekly and it does cleanse well, making your skin feel better and like it can breathe  again!

 

If there are any more masks you would like me to check out send me an email!

Next time I will be talking about a few of my favourite Makeup Brushes!

 

PRICES

Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask -£1.50

Polishing Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub- £1.50

L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask- £6.00

L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask- £6.00

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask-£6.00

( All the L’Oreal masks were purchased from amazon)

SuperMud Clearing Treatment -£39.00(50G)

YouthMud Tinglefoliate Treatment -£39.00

FlashMud Brightening Treatment -£39.00

PowerMud Dualcleanse Treatment -£39.00

ThistyMud Hydrating Treatment – £39.00