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new ‘Bare Minerals’ launch review!

Hi everyone! I am beyond excited to share with you the new products Bare Minerals have launched this month. Since starting to work for the brand I have discovered so many products that are capturing my heart, and the new launch isn’t any different! Bare Minerals are powered by nourishing, skin-loving minerals and their aim is to create products with purity in mind. This month they have released all new primers and concealers, so let’s dive right in..

First up are the new ‘BarePro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealers’. The texture of the concealers is incredibly creamy and glides onto the skin with ease. Not only this, but the pigment is amazing! One swipe coverage is definitely the case here, I love products that this is true for as not only does it make application easier but it also means the product will last longer, and therefore saves you money! I have been wearing this concealer for the past two weeks and it’s safe to say the ’16-Hour wear’ is definitely accurate. The concealers contain Kaolin clay which allows them to have such a strong hold by absorbing excess oils, without using any harsh chemicals. The formula is also waterproof, sweat-resistant, smudge-proof, humidity AND transfer resistant, pretty impressive right? The formula also contains bamboo stem extract to naturally blur and smooth out pores and fine lines, as well as containing antioxidant rich raspberry-seed oil, blackcurrant-seed oil and sea lavender to nourish the skin and keep your under-eyes looking healthy and fresh. These ingredients also help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental stresses (like pollution).  These concealers are also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free, so they are very available to a wide audience! Love, love, love them!

Next up, the two new primers! I have definitely found a new staple in my kit in the shape of the new ‘Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer’. This primer is an absolute dream, as the name suggests it is so hydrating! As soon as it hits the skin the face immediately feels smooth and nourished. The texture of the primer is incredibly silky and dries with a soft-focus effect that leaves the skin with a beautifully radiant finish. Because the primer is so silky it really helps to smooth out any dry or flaky skin, therefore allowing your makeup to glide onto the skin with absolute ease and helps the makeup stay on for a significant amount of time longer than it naturally would. This primer is formulated for normal to dry skin.

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The other primer that has been released is for combination skin, it is the ‘Combo Control Milky Face Primer’. This primer has been formulated to gently restore the balance of combination skin. Combination skin occurs when there is an imbalance of oil and water in the skin, normally when there is an excess of both. The primer uses smart hydration techniques to bring back a healthy balance, it maintains the skins natural moisture balance whilst absorbing oil in the key areas of the face (e.g. the ‘T-Zone’). This primer feels so lovely on the skin, it is so soft and has such a natural finish. It is powered by African tree bark extract and mineral silica to absorb the excess oils in a natural way and to blur the appearance of pores while smoothing the skin. This is a beautiful primer that gives your makeup such a natural, flawless look whilst also enhancing and protecting the skin.

So there we have it, the new launch review! I would highly recommend grabbing these products for your collection, they have made such a difference to my makeup routine. Not only do they do exactly what they claim to but they also make my routine a lot easier and my skin feels amazing!

Until next time beauties!

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six cruelty free makeup brands and why I love them

For today’s post I wanted to share some of my top makeup brands that are cruelty free. I appreciate so much when a brand makes the decision to go cruelty free because as well as the obvious advantages it also opens the brand to a wider community. Let’s get into it!

Unsurprisingly, first and foremost we have to talk about Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This brand is my all time favourite brand of makeup. I wear their ‘velour liquid lipsticks’ every single day without fail. They are the creamiest, most pigmented, stunning lipsticks I have ever come across. Not only is the formula AH-MA-ZING, the range of colours is absolutely unreal! Every shade you could ever want; nudes, reds, pinks and even yellow and greens! My top lippy choices are; ‘red rum’, ‘gemini’, ‘prom night’, ‘mannequin’ and new from the Christmas collection ‘santa baby’. Anyone who hasn’t ever tried this brand NEEDS to.. they’re also vegan so really there’s no reason not to..

Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of my all time favourite brands. They’re eyeshadows are some of the best, I’ve currently got two of their palettes (Modern Renaissance and Prism – I’m feeling a review coming soon..!) and I can’t get enough of them! The formulas are so buttery and soo pigmented, exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. They have a wide range of other products as well including the extremely popular ‘dipbrow promenade’. ‘Dipbrow’ is so many people’s ‘go to’ when it comes to eyebrows and they come in such a big selection of colours with 11 shades in total, so there’s a shade to suit for everyone! I am so happy they are cruelty free as I couldn’t go without them in my kit!

The main reason this brand is in my list is because Illamasqua‘s skin base is my number one foundation, I wear it all day every day. It is a full to medium coverage which is my preference in a foundation, along with this it leaves my skin feeling light and soft which I don’t normally find with more full coverage foundations. It really gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow which lasts allll day! The formula is so easy to blend into the skin and a little really goes a long way meaning the foundation lasts you a good while, hence saving money which is what I’m all about at the moment. Illamasqua have so many other great products but this is, in my opinion, by far the best and I’m so glad they’re cruelty free.

Too Faced might honestly be the cutest brand on earth when it comes to packaging and scents. I am obsessed with anything peach, so when they brought out an ENTIRE RANGE of peach based products I didn’t know what to do with myself. I recently reviewed the ‘sweet peach eyeshadow palette’ and I absolute love it. I also have the ‘chocolate bar eyeshadow palette’ and the formulas are toooo good. Their eyeshadows blend out like butter.. and don’t even start me on the pigment, one dip in the pan and the brush is coated! Saying this, I still think the best thing about the brand is the unique scents linked with their products. The chocolate range honestly smells like a sweet chocolate dream and the peach range is the cutest, juiciest smelling peach scent you’ve ever smelt. Not only this, but their ‘better than sex’ mascara has been rated in many polls as the number one cruelty free mascara available in the UK, and to be fair.. it’s absolutely amazing. It adds length, volume and is a very pigmented black, love, love, love!

I’ve always had a huge love for Urban Decay. This brand has cracked the code on the perfect eyeshadow formula; they are insanely pigmented, easy to blend, buttery in the pan and the colour schemes in each palette they have introduced are genius. Their ‘Naked’ palette range is a well-known favourite in and outside of the beauty community, the range is so versatile meaning there is something for anyone and everyone. My number one product I cannot be without from Urban is the ‘heavy metal glitter liner’ in ‘midnight cowboy’. It is packaged like a liquid liner so has a very fine tip which is perfect for applying the liner in the crease and along the lash like, the glitter shows up so vividly and just adds that extra oomphh to any eye look you create. Most of the Urban products are also vegan which I really appreciate, not necessarily because I practice veganism myself, but because it means the brand is accessible to a wider community.

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The last brand I want to touch on is the infamous Jouer Cosmetics, this brand has really built itself up from being less well-known to an absolute empire. I am so glad that they are cruelty free as their ‘long wear lip toppers’ are really something else. They add the most gorgeous finish over any lip colour; be it liquid lip, normal lipstick, a lip tint or just your natural lip colour, the toppers add that little extra summin summin.. one of my favourite combos is to take Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s ‘red rum’ liquid lipstick and put the ‘skinny dip’ lip topper over for a little extra glam. Another stunning product from Jouer are their ‘powder highlighters’, they are so pigmented and bring that blinding glow to the face that I strive for, my favourite shade is ‘rose quartz’ which is a gorgeous soft champagne pink. For anyone that hasn’t tried this brand I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of their products and giving it a go!

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So there we have it, a few of my favourite cruelty free brands. If you liked this post and the content was helpful to you let me know and maybe we’ll make this a series?! Hit me up with some of your favourite cruelty free brands as I’m always on the lookout for new brands to discover!

As always thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next one!

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Anastasia Beverley Hills ‘Prism’ Eyeshadow Palette – review and swatches!

Hello my lovlies and happy new year! Today I bring you a review and swatches of the ‘Prism’ eyeshadow palette from ABH.

When this palette first dropped in the UK and I saw the shade selection I knew I just had to have it. The palette’s packaging is just so pretty, the gorgeous velvet-like casing with the gold detail is enough to draw anyone in, it’s velvety texture is similar to the casing on both of their previous eyeshadow palettes. This palette contains 14 shades in total, 7 matte shades and 7 metallic shades. The palette also comes with one classic ABH double ended eyeshadow brush, just like the previous palettes. Whilst swatching the palette I found the formulas, both matte and metallic, to be very pigmented with a silk-like feel. The only two shades which I found to be slightly less pigmented were ‘sphere’ and ‘obsidian’ which are two of the matte formulas. I found this slightly odd as usually if there is inconsistency in formulas they tend to be both either light or dark shades, whereas these two are a light yellow and a pitch black. Speaking of the shades, let’s get into the swatches!

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left to right: lucid, eden, unity, dimension and parallel

‘lucid’ is a duo chrome colour which I’m in love with, it’s a white gold colour with pink reflects, perfect for that brow and inner corner highlight.

‘eden’ is a matte coral pink colour, it goes gorgeously in the crease for a cute pink smokey eye.

‘unity’ is a matte ochre shade, a twist on a classic nude colour as it’s just that bit more yellow toned.

‘dimension’ is another beautiful duo chrome shade that I can’t get enough of, it is a silver grey with pink reflects.

‘parallel’  is a matte brown truffle colour great for those who like a darker smokey eye without having to go as dark as black.

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left to right: pyramid, throne, saturn and eternal

‘pyramid’ is a bright metallic yellow gold colour with subtle green reflects, perfect to put on the lid to add a bit of gold glamour.

‘throne’ is one of my favorite shades, it is a blackened green colour with multi-coloured relfects.

‘saturn’ is another matte shade, it is a beautiful terracotta nude perfect for tucking in the crease.

‘eternal’ is a gorgeous copper metallic shade with a hint of violet, I really like the warmth of this shade.

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left to right: sphinx, osiris, sphere, obsidian and lure

‘sphinx’ is a very warm metallic bronze shade that is very similar but slightly darker than eternal.

‘osiris’ is a stunning colour, it is a metallic violet colour with red reflects which I think is a very unique combination!

‘sphere’ is a matte electric green yellow colour, this is the one I struggled with when it came to swatching because of the pigmentation. However, when layered and the pigment becomes more opaque it is a gorgeous bright colour!

‘obsidian’ is the darkest shade in the palette, it is a deep matte black, perfect for those gorgeous smokey eyes.

‘lure’ is definitely my most used shade, it is a a soft matte lilac colour and I am in love with it. I find it goes so well with so many looks and I can’t get enough.

Hands down this palette is absolutely stunning. From the sleek packaging to the gorgeous array of shades, ABH have totally smashed this palette (with a little exception when it comes to the pigmentation on a couple of the shades). If you don’t own the prism palette I would definitely suggest adding it to your collection, the colours are very unique and is such a pretty palette. You can create so many individual looks with this palette and I for sure use it all the time..

Until next time loves!.. x