Five Favourites #1 Becca Royal Glow Rimmel Wonder'swipe NYX Sweet Cheeks LA Girl Pro Matte Erborian Bamboo Matte

Five Favourites #1

Favourites

I’ve stopped posting monthly favourites posts, mainly because when I used to write them, I’d find myself having to choose new ones every month when there’d be products I probably used and enjoyed more but had already included them in previous months. So now whenever I build a collection of a few faves, I’ll write a post dedicated to them. So here’s my first ‘Five Favourites’ post…

Five Favourites #1 Becca Royal Glow Rimmel Wonder'swipe NYX Sweet Cheeks LA Girl Pro Matte Erborian Bamboo Matte

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette | £17 | available here

This palette was on my wishlist for a while but I always thought £17 for NYX was a bit steep. When I spotted it in B&M for a mere £6, I grabbed it and I have been so glad I did. First thing to mention is, these blushes are PIGMENTED! Like you just need to tap your brush lightly on the blush to get good colour pay off on the cheeks. I have been known to go a bit heavy-handed on blush so I have to use with caution – but it’s nothing a little ‘veiling’ can’t fix. PSA: Veiling is taking a translucent powder and sweeping over blush / bronzer / highlighter if you’ve gone in a bit hard. It helps to blend out and tone down any mishaps. Up until recently, blusher had pretty much fallen off my makeup routine but this palette has brought it right back onto the scene. The shades are versatile, some are matte and some add a beautiful sheen without being glittery. I still don’t know if I’d have paid full price for it but do check out your local B&M to see if they have them in stock.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette swatches

Erborian Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Cream | £21 | available here

A lot of the US YouTubers I watch talk about Erborian, but I’ve not seen much of it from the UK. I was really keen to try the CC cream but when I was browsing, this mattifying cream caught my eye. I’ve been using this as my primer and it does everything their website claims. “2-in-1 hybrid moisturiser that combines a sensation of intense hydration with a matte finish in one single step.” It doesn’t feel drying or powdery at all on application, in fact it makes skin look dewy which didn’t initially fill me with hope of a mattifying effect. “Bamboo Waterlock complex protects the skin barrier from drying out while the Bamboo powder makes an excellent natural mattifier, to leave skin shine-free and matte.” Once foundation is applied on top, it looks very natural and doesn’t look flat. It keeps excessive oil at bay all day long but allows my skin to look glowy and natural. I use this every day with my IT Cosmetics CC Cream and the two are a match made in heaven. I have been loving the way my skin looks lately with this combo – so much so that I’ll choose it over a foundation for days / evenings out.

Erborian Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Cream

Rimmel Wonder’swipe Liner & Shadow in Ballin’ | £6.99 | available here

I’m a sucker for a gimmick and when I saw the Rimmel Wonder’swipe display in Superdrug, I was swatching and swiping like a mad thing. The Wonder’swipe is a liquid eyeliner which if you smudge it out becomes a shimmery liquid eyeshadow. I haven’t used this as liquid eyeliner at all, because I’ll be honest gold eyeliner isn’t my bag. But I’ve used it tons as a shimmery eyeshadow. I just apply a thick stripe on my lid and then blend out with my finger. It doesn’t give a fully opaque shade but it gives a champagne shimmery glitter which looks really pretty.

Rimmel Wonder'swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow in Ballin'

Rimmel Wonder'swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow in Ballin' swatch

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow | £30 | available here

Cult Beauty recently had the Becca Royal Glow highlighter on sale for just £18 and although this wasn’t really on my radar, I just couldn’t resist such a bargain. The shade is described as a warm golden honey infused with pink pearl so basically it’s gold with a bit of pink, yeah? I like to have a go to gold / champagne highlight and a pink toned one as they will pretty much go with any look I do – I don’t tend to reach for any silvery as it doesn’t go with my skin tone. So this hybrid of my two faves is perfect and I’ve found myself reaching for it more than any other in my collection. I’ve recently introduced 3 new highlights into my collection which generally means any current fave gets pushed to the back for a while but this has stayed within my every day makeup bag – and that is saying something. I’m so glad I made this seemingly unnecessary purchase!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow swatch

LA Girl PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Foundation | £10 | available here

I’m going to make a bold statement right now – this is the best foundation I’ve ever used!! Wow… I can’t believe I’ve written that. But I can’t think of another foundation which ticks as many boxes for me as this one. There are other foundations I love of course, but this is the best of the best. So why do I love it so much? The shade match is perfect – I use the shade Beige which is for fair to medium skin with warm undertones. It blends out seamlessly with a brush or a beauty sponge (or even with finger tips if I’m feeling really lazy). It gives good medium coverage which is buildable to full without ever looking cakey. With one light layer it honestly feels like I have nothing more than a BB cream on my skin. It is matte but it doesn’t look flat and gives a really healthy finish to the skin. I can use it with a hydrating / glowing primer and it still holds up all day without even setting it with powder. The packaging is well made and feels expensive but it costs just £10! Everything I’d ever want from a foundation, it does and there really is nothing I don’t like about it. I’ve shared below a selfie I took when I was wearing it and I will preface by saying there is #nofilter on this photo (OK, well I did use FaceTune to whiten my horrid yellow teeth but that’s all I promise!).

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Long Wear Foundation

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Long Wear Foundation selfie

 

So on that cheesy selfie, that’s my Five Favourites done. Let me know in the comments what one product you’re loving the most at the minute!

Thank you so much for reading…

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Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

Review

The Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii collection wasn’t something I felt I needed to begin with. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the look of everything but it didn’t feel like a necessity to me. Until I saw so many amazing reviews and bomb looks using everything… and then Beauty Bay announced they would be stocking it. I geared myself up for making some purchases.

Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

Wet n Wild UK Haul

Haul

One of the most exciting launches of the year so far (for me anyway) has been Wet n Wild coming over to the UK… finally! Beauty Bay had a very public conscious uncoupling with Morphe and rebounded into the arms of Wet n Wild, and I’m here to offer all my support.

I received some BB vouchers for my birthday in July and decided to save them for the Wet n Wild launch. However, at this point I need to tell you of my frustrations with BB. At Christmas I received some BB vouchers (can you tell how well my family know me?!) and when I went to spend them, the transaction failed but my gift voucher amount still went down. BB are unable to reimburse the gift vouchers but were able to offer me a refund on anything I bought after that up to the value of my gift vouchers. Well… as you can imagine when Wet n Wild launched, the website was chock-a-block. I quickly got my basket loaded and went to pay with my vouchers but lo and behold, the same thing happened as before but not just once, three times!! Almost £60 worth of my vouchers were swallowed up. Yet again, I had to go back to BB and ask how they can resolve this and after A LOT of back and forth, they have said they will refund any future purchases I make. OK so the issues have been resolved in both cases but this seems like a really stupid way of doing it. So in order to use my vouchers, I need to spend more and wait to be refunded? How about just not take money when transactions fail in the first place? As much as I love BB, it has left a bitter taste in my mouth.

But what you care about is what I bought right? Well here it is…

Haul

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette

Review

I’ve not always been the most daring when it comes to bright eyeshadow looks – except maybe when I was younger, I would love me some blue eyeshadow. But as I’ve got older, and as trends have dictated, I’ve been firmly planted within my warm, neutral eyeshadow comfort zone.

But things have changed. Now when I scroll through Instagram, there’s so many bright and colourful looks and they’ve really got me interested in playing around with colours. Kim K has brought cobalt blue eyeshadow back to the masses, and yellow eyeshadow seems to be what everyone wants on and around their eyes right now. And I am here for it.

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette