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Pink Makeup Look/Walkthrough ūüĆļ

Hello Beauties! I was going to say that spring is around the corner so we should all get excited and crack out every piece of pastel clothing and makeup we can find, but with this miserable weather in the UK it couldn’t feel any further away.. nonetheless, let’s get in the mood with this cute pink makeup look that you can all rock when the spring season finally decides to come around! This bright liner and lipstick combo is all I’ll be wearing for the spring/summer, so let’s dive in and see how it’s achieved! I’ll list a full description of products used at the end of this blog post and where you can purchase them!

The first step of my makeup routine is skincare, if you don’t have a good skin base to work with then you’re not going to be able to fully achieve the look that you want to get out of your makeup. Because of this, I always start with a few pumps of Bare Minerals ‘Skinlongevity’ serum. This serum is perfect as it is made for all skin types and works to protect the skin against environmental stressors as it’s packed full of antioxidants. It’s powered by long life herb so is constantly working to help the skin look and feel young and healthy. I take a few pumps into the palm of my hand an gently press it into the face, immediately you can feel the hydration on your skin and you’re all prepped to start your routine.

First things first, primer! To go with my skincare I use the Bare Minerals ‘Good Hydrations’ primer, can you tell my skin’s a little dry at the moment? This primer is perfect because it preps my skin by smoothing out any pores thanks to the coconut alkanes therefore giving me a great base which allows my foundation to glide on flawlessly (you can find my review on both the new primers launched here!) If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know my all time favourite foundation is the Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’, this formula is so easy to apply and so flawless looking (due to it being quite full coverage) so it’s my absolute go-to when it comes to my base (you can find my full review here!) After applying my foundation with my favourite Marc Jacobs ‘The Face II Sculpting’ brush, I like to go in with the Benefit Cosmetics ‘Boi-ing’ concealer under the eyes. I use my ring finger, as this is the most delicate and gentle, to place the concealer carefully under my eyes, in the centre of my forehead and chin and then over any imperfections that might be invading my face that day. Once these steps are done, I set my base with the loose powder from Rimmel, it’s a drug-store brand so people who like more high-end makeup tend to stay away from brands like this, but this is honestly the best loose setting powder I have come across. It is very finely milled and still gives the skin the flawless look that I am trying to achieve.

So now our base is done, we move onto eyes! I fill in (and basically reshape) my eyebrows first with the Benefit ‘Precisely My Brow’ pencil and then with the ‘Brow Zings’ wax and powder. Once my brows are on and looking pretty much the same (they’re sisters, not twins!) I prime my eyelids with the Mac Cosmetics ‘paint pot’ in soft ochre. I then set this with the loose powder from before. For this pink look, I decided the Sigma Beauty ‘Creme de Couture’ palette would be perfect as it’s a gorgeous selection of, very pigmented, bright matte colours. First I look the shade cherry blossom on a big fluffy blender brush and blended this through the crease, taking it slightly above the crease but not all the way to the brow bone. I then look the shade redberry rose and did the same, however not bringing it up as far as I did the first shade in order to give an effortlessly blended effect. I then took redberry rose down onto the outer corner of the lid and blended it towards the centre of the lid. After this, I took my paint pot and half cut my crease, making sure to blend it out at the centre into the redberry rose shade for an easier blend later on. I next grabbed my Too Faced ‘sweet peach’ eyeshadow palette and selected the shade bellini to go over where I had cut the crease, I used a packer eyeshadow brush to pop this onto where I cut the crease and blended it into the redberry rose colour already there. I then grabbed by Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Masochist’ and used a liner brush to create a bright pink winged liner. If you’re going to do the same and use a pink lipstick then please make sure to double check it is eye safe before applying it near the eye area. And there we go, eye makeup complete!

After the eye makeup is complete I go back in and finish my base by enhancing what’s already there with a bit of colour. I went straight for my trusty Juvia’s Place blush palette and added some colour to the apples of my cheeks. I then took the Bare Minerals ‘warmth’ all over face colour to warm up my complexion, blending this into my forehead, cheekbones, jawline and then using whatever is left on the brush to buff into the rest of my foundation to slightly warm up the face all over. I then took my favourite highlighting palette by Huda Beauty the ‘pink sands edition’ and made those cheekbones blinding!

Lastly, onto my two favourite L’s.. lippy and lashes! I used the Eyelure lashes in No.126 to really make the eye makeup standout. No surprises here, the lipstick is a combo of Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Masochist’ and ‘714’, I used a brush to ombre the colours by applying the darker shade to the outside of the lips and the lighter in the middle, and then blending them together.

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So there we have it! A (hopefully helpful) walk-through of my go-to spring/summer makeup look! I hope you beauties enjoyed reading, let me know if these sort of blog posts are something you guys are interested in reading/if they contain some helpful tips! And let me know what you think of the overall look, until next time lovelies!!

all products used/where to purchase them:

Skincare:

  1. Bare Minerals ‘Skinlongevity’ serum – bareminerals.co.uk (¬£34/¬£48)

Foundation:

  1. Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’ – beautybay.com (¬£33)
  2. Marc Jacobs ‘The Face II Sculpting’ brush – johnlewis.com (¬£34)

Concealer:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Boi-ing’ – johnlewis.com (¬£17.50)

Powder:

  1. Rimmel London ‘Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder’ – boots.com (¬£6.99)

Eyebrows:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Precisely, My Brow’ pencil – debenhams.com (¬£20.50)
  2. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Brow Zings’ – debenhams.com (¬£27)

Eye Makeup:

  1. Mac Cosmetics ‘Paint Pot’ – debenhams.com (¬£16.50)
  2. Sigma Beauty ‘Creme de Couture’ eyeshadow palette – cultbeauty.co.uk (¬£39)
  3. Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ eyeshadow palette – debenhams.com (¬£39)
  4. Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick ‘Masochist’ – beautybay.com (¬£16)

Face Colour:

  1. Juvia’s Place ‘The Saharan Blush Vol.II’ palette – beautybay.com (¬£20)
  2. Bare Minerals ‘All Over Face Colour’ (warmth) – bareminerals.co.uk (¬£21)
  3. Huda Beauty ‘3D Highlighting’ palette – cultbeauty.co.uk (¬£40)

Lashes:

  1. Eyelure ‘No.126’ – falseeyelashes.co.uk (¬£7.20)

Lipstick:

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Velour Liquid Lipstick’ (Masochist) – beautybay.com (¬£16)
  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Velour Liquid Lipstick’ (714) – beautybay.com (¬£16)
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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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a proper peachy makeup post!

I am completely in love with anything to do with peaches, the scent, the colour, you name it. So clearly, anything makeup related I can get my hands on that has a peachy vibe is an absolute dream! I thought I’d put a few of my favourites together in one peachy post!

Gerard Cosmetics ‘Slay All Day’ Setting Spray

I am¬†obsessed with this setting spray, it’s changed my makeup game completely. This is one for all my oily skinned lovelies! Considering I’ve got quite oily skin I need a setting spray that’s going to combat it and this one is perfect! It is formulated as an oil control mist which is designed to keep your look in place all day despite any oily skin attempting to make your makeup cakey or settling into the fine lines of the skin. When first applied to the skin there is a burst of refreshing fragrance and an immediate cooling feeling on the skin, it really feels as if the makeup is being locked in place. There are 11 scents available which really impressed me as this is a huge range! They differ from peach (my¬†absolute favourite), green tea, watermelon, grapefruit and many other delightful scents. I swear by this setting spray to keep your makeup looking perfect all day, it really works wonders for me as it also leaves the skin with a gorgeous glow which I can’t get enough of! Not only this, but it is one of the more affordable setting sprays I’ve found that actually works, it retails for ¬£16.50 for a 100ml bottle from¬†beautybay.com.¬†When you compare this price to my other favourite setting sprays such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter which retails for ¬£23.50 or Skindinavia’s Post-Makeup Recovery Spray which retails for ¬£22 it’s clear Gerard Cosmetics is the best price. This setting spray definitely does what it says on the tin, lets you slay all day!

Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ Palette

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I am¬†completely and utterly¬†in love with this palette. From the first moment you lift the lid on this beauty the most gorgeous peach aroma fills the air and you can’t help but breathe it all in. It is the perfect peach scent, I really can’t tell you enough how gorgeous it is. In this palette you get 18 beautiful shades that are very varied so the list of possibilities for eyeshadow looks are endless. The first half of the palette contains the lighter, brighter pinky shades which then go into the darker more brown toned shaded towards the right side of the palette. These eyeshadows are absolutely to die for, one of the best formulas I’ve come across from any brand. The pigment from the shadows is unreal, one swipe and the colour is incredibly opaque, this even goes for the lighter shades such as ‘white peach’, ‘georgia‘ and ‘peaches ‘n cream’.¬†The shadows are so buttery when swiped from the pan, they just glide over the skin and are incredibly easy to blend, something which is a must have for any eyeshadow formula in my kit. God bless ‘Too Faced’ for releasing an entire peach collection!

Sleek Cosmetics ‘Life’s a Peach’ Blush

I am such a fan of blush! A lot of people tend to steer clear of blush but I really couldn’t complete my makeup routine without it, it just puts that lovely warm bit of colour back into the cheeks. This blush is one of my absolute favourites as, not only is it peachy, but it’s the perfect colour between pink and orange. The formula of this blush is amazing, it’s a powder blush and sometimes you have to be wary of fallout, however this blush has very little fallout to contend with. It’s formula is quite buttery so it’s very easy to blend on the cheeks which is important when it comes to blush as less is more. The more blended a blush is the more of a soft, natural effect you get which is why this blush is perfect for me. A definite must have for the winter season!

So there you have it, a few of my favourite peachy products! I hope you enjoyed reading and if you did be sure to give my blog a follow to keep up to date with my posts! Until next time!