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a few of my fav pink lippys!

Welcome back my lovelies! (Or hello to anyone who’s just discovered my blog!)

So I did a poll on my Instagram (linked here if you fancy a follow!) on what blog post you guys would like to see next and it was a close call between my new favourite makeup remover and a post on pink lippys, but the pink lippys just took it! So here we go..

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Doll Parts

Now inevitably there’s going to be at least one Jeffree Star lipstick when I’m reviewing lipsticks, so we may as well start off there! The first one I want to talk about is ‘Doll Parts’. It is the most gorgeous cool toned pink liquid lipstick, the colour gives me complete Mean Girls vibes every time I see it. The formula goes on opaque, dries down completely matte and lasts for hours! The coverage with only one swipe of the wand is unbelievable, you really don’t need a lot of product for a full coverage lip so they last a substantial amount of time saving you money! Something I love about this colour is that it is so versatile, it works on any skin tone and is just so wearable. This shade of pink can be easily worn on a day to day basis and is one hundred percent a staple in my kit.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Prom Night

The next (and last) Jeffree Star lippy I want to talk about is ‘Prom Night’. It is a beautiful bright matte pink shade which is definitely not for the faint hearted! Just like the other matte liquid lips in the collection, this one also goes on opaque and dries down to a matte. ‘Prom Night’ brings such a gorgeous burst of colour to a makeup look and all eyes go straight for it! Even though the formula dries down matte it is still very hydrating and doesn’t leave my lips feeling dry or cracked. If you already do or you’re thinking about wearing brighter coloured lipstick this shade is definitely a great place to start, it’s a stunning colour that’ll make you feel powerful.

Ted Baker – Treasured Treats

The next lippy is one from the brand Ted Baker. This brand isn’t necessarily known for their makeup products but these lippys are so beautiful, they’re a must have! Not only is the colour stunning, but the packaging and all round aesthetic of this lippy is beautiful. The lipstick itself has a ‘T’ etched into the top and I’m so here for it. This specific shade is a beautiful light pink shade that reminds me a lot of candyfloss, it’s glossy and gorgeous! The formula of this lipstick is very creamy and feels amazing on the lips. These lipsticks are so hydrating and pigmented, the colour payoff is brilliant. I mentioned this in my ‘red lipsticks‘ post, the only thing that baffles me about these lipsticks is the fact they don’t have individual names, when buying a lipstick I like to be able to find out what that specific colour is called. Regardless of the name fiasco, these lipsticks are definitely worth a try. Not only are they beautiful to look at but the colour is also beautiful.

Huda Beauty – Gossip Gurl

The next pink lippy is by the brand Huda Beauty and it’s called ‘Gossip Gurl’. I’d describe this colour as a very cute and bold pink colour, but don’t take bold in the wrong way! What I mean by that is it’s a very classic pink and is very wearable, I have tried it on a lot of skin tones and it seems to suit everyone! Something I love about the Huda liquid mattes is that they’re so comfortable to wear, the formula dries down completely matte but still feels extremely hydrating and doesn’t dry out the lips at all. Saying this, they also last all day without the need to reapply, something that is hard to perfect when the formula is so hydrating! The packaging is also so cute, the frosty looking glass just looks so sophisticated and is enough to draw anybody in! This lipstick is a definite must have!

Maybelline – 157, More to Adore

Another pink lippy I love is from Maybelline. It is shade no.157 ‘More to Adore’ from their ‘coloursensational’ range. This formula is sooo incredibly creamy, it feels like an absolute dream on the lips. It is so hydrating and nourishing, because of this it is not a heavy formula and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any product which is refreshing. Not only this, but the formula is nicely pigmented which means the colour payoff is definitely worth trying. This shade is a light baby pink that looks pretty glossy. The shade is very versatile but is more suited to people with lighter skin tones as, though the formula is pigmented, it is more sheer than some of the other brands’ lipsticks above. If you like a more subtle pink lipstick I’d definitely suggest giving this one a go!

Rimmel – Kate Moss, 101

The last lippy I want to talk about is from Rimmel. It is one of the shades from their ‘lasting finish’ collaboration with Kate Moss and is shade no.101. It is a very light pink shade, probably the lightest pink shade I own, but nonetheless is very beautiful. This is a perfect shade for people who like wearing lipstick but don’t want to wear anything heavy or with lots of colour. The feel of the formula is very lightweight and hydrating and it says on for a decent amount of time. Application is so easy as it just glides across the lips. I’d definitely recommend trying out this lippy and adding it to your collection because the formula is amazing, especially for the price point!

So there we have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it was a helpful insight into some of my favourite pink lipsticks! what are some of your favs? let me know!

Until next time lovelies.. x

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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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Liebster Award

I’ve been debating the post I should add to my blog, and luckily I’ve had the decision made for me! The gorgeous Paige of ‘Little P Blog’ has nominated me for the Liebster Award which is so lovely of her, and you should definitely go and check out her blog! Now at first glance I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but after reading her post I’ve discovered it’s a brilliant way of discovering new blogs to follow, while telling everyone a little more about me in the process!

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Paige has given me some questions to answer, so here they are!

how long have you been blogging for?

I have only been blogging for two months, so not long at all! Even so, I’ve really enjoyed writing and editing the posts I’ve put up so far so long may it continue!!

have you considered uploading to YouTube?

I can’t say I have, maybe something to think about in the future! Never say never!

what do you like to blog about most?

Not sure if anyone’s noticed, but I love posting about beauty! Anything from makeup to skincare to bath bombs, you name it, I’ll blog about it! I think it’s mainly because that’s my industry, being a makeup artist, so I can’t help but be fascinated by it and want to share it with others!

where is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

Now that’s a hard question! I’ve been incredibly lucky with some of the locations I’ve been able to visit so it’s very hard to pick one, but keeping with the theme of this blog I’m going to have to say Milan. Clearly, the shopping capital of the world so I was going to adore it anyway, however this trip allowed me to find new love for products and brands I’d never heard of thanks to their MASSIVE Sephora! We’re not lucky enough to have a Sephora in the UK so shopping there was an absolute dream! Not only that, but the architecture was absolutely incredible. The ‘Duomo Di Milano’ was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, it is absolutely massive and so detailed, an amazing place to be able to visit! I’ve attached some pictures below (maybe I’ll do a separate blog post about it??)

what made you start to want blogging?

I started my blog because I had so many products that I absolutely love and wanted to tell others about them! I thought it’d be a good way to get that out there, whilst also being a good way to spend some of my free time!

what is the most frustrating thing about blogging?

I think one of the hardest things about blogging is knowing what to blog about! I have so many ideas for posts but it’s difficult knowing which ones will reach the audience I have in mind for this blog, so that can be quite frustrating sometimes!

favourite series to watch at the moment?

Definitely Stranger Things! I’ve just started to re-watch season one as I want to have a refresher so I can go into season two in the know! I’ve heard really good things about season two so I’m really looking forward to watching it!

what is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Bar far my favourite tradition is putting the angel decoration on the top of the Christmas tree. My siblings and I do it together every year and it’s the sweetest thing!

are you open about your blog? do you tell people you blog?

I don’t see the point of keeping the fact you blog from people, I put a lot of effort into my posts so I’d like as many people to see them as possible!

twitter or instagram?

Definitely instagram! I post nearly every day and it’s a great way to advertise myself and my business! I am on twitter as well but I prefer the layout of instagram for sure!

Now I’d like to nominate a few others for this award! They are:

A Reading Cat

The Beauty Swatcher

All Things Allatt

UniLifeTravel

Tales of Belle

If you’d like to join in, here are my questions for you!

  1. what made you start your blog?
  2. what’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
  4. what’s your favourite book?
  5. what’s your favourite scent of candle?
  6. what mainly inspires your blog posts?
  7. who inspires you the most?
  8. do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  9. what is your favourite post on your blog?
  10. what is your favourite day of the year?

The rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

List these rules in your post.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Review!

Anyone who’s ever met me knows that my all time favourite product is the velour liquid lipsticks by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. These lippys are to die for!

There is a wide range of colours with 40+ shades in the collection. There is every colour you could imagine in the collection; from the deepest red, most royal blue, brightest yellow and even multiple shades of green!

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Left to right – “I’m shook”, “Calabasas”, “Gemini”, “Mannequin” and “Nude beach”

The website states that the lipsticks go on opaque and dry down completely matte, which is no word of a lie. The formula does exactly that and it stays on for hours! After eating, drinking and going about daily life these lipsticks aren’t budging. The matte formula isn’t the only one the brand provides, they also have a good range of metallic shades which give the lip a beautiful shine.

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Left to right: “Designer blood”, “Rich blood” and “Checkmate”

I found that both formulas are hydrating and do not leave my lips dry and cracking at the end of the day/night. This is especially so if a decent lip scrub is applied before application which I recommend everyone does. Jeffree Star Cosmetics even caters for this as they have their own range of lip scrubs in some delicious flavours such as; rootbeer, mojito, watermelon, blue raspberry and many more.

What’s more, all the brand’s products are vegan and cruelty free, so anyone and everyone is able to purchase their range.

This product has been a staple in my kit for many years, after discovering the formula I’ve never looked back. So if you’re looking for a long lasting, hydrating, all rounder liquid lipstick with all the shades you could dream of, look no further!

Top Left – “virginity”, Bottom left – “scorpio”, Top middle – “rich blood”, Bottom middle – “i’m shook” and Right – “prom night”