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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Skincare That (Probably) Contains Magic

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This year my skin has been pretty out of control. I’ve had dryness, redness and blemishes galore. At 33, I thought my troublesome skin would’ve chilled out by now. So I’ve been on a mission to find the skincare that really works for me and I have discovered some proper magical potions which I’ll be sharing with you today.

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Empties #3 | COLLECTION

Collection

It’s been a while since I opened my empties box – yes, bloggers get into the habit of essentially keeping their rubbish and putting it all together so they can talk about it in a future post. I have a purple shoe box which lives in my wardrobe, and whenever I finish a product I pop the empty packaging in there and forget about it for weeks on end, until it gets to an amount that’s worth photographing and writing about.

Empties Rinky Dinky Rhi

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette | REVIEW

Review

If you follow me on Instagram (I mean, if you don’t…you should do so here) you might have seen me hauling the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette in my recent Instagram Stories. You will also have heard my excitement at finally having my hands on this palette. It’s definitely one I’ve had my eye on since it launched last year but couldn’t fully justify buying as it wasn’t different enough from anything else in my collection. But you know how it is, the January sales start, you’ve got some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, the stars align and you splurge #NoRegrets.

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The Ordinary | HAUL

Haul

Before Glossier took over the beauty community (read my post about Glossier here), The Ordinary was the other big brand which seemed to be everywhere all at once. I did resist the hype for a very long time for a number of reasons.

  1. I wanted the hype to die down a bit and see what everyone was really interested in afterwards.
  2. I just didn’t know what everything was – the product names are too scientific for me which was intimidating. I said in my Glossier post that I like my skincare to look clinical but actually I kinda want the names to just tell me exactly what it’s doing. If I want to look at the ingredients, I can but just keep the names simple please!
  3. Once I did finally narrow down what I would want, most things were sold out.

So I waited, and actually forgot about it for it a bit. Until I received an email from Feel Unique to say that one of the products I’d initially wanted was back in stock so it prompted me to revisit the range.

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