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Revlon 2-in-1 Colorstay Compact review

Finding a foundation that matches is hard enough, but finding a concealer that matches that as well is a struggle. Revlon have come up with a way to solve this problem by creating the new Revlon 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer which I was lucky enough to be sent by Revlon before it was released. I’ve reviewed the compact, as well as showing how the Colorstay foundation looks on my skin. I had never actually used the normal Revlon Colorstay, however my mum owns 8 bottles at last count so I had faith that it would be a good product. I went to my local Revlon counter and the sales assistant there matched me to the shade Nude. The shades available are: Natural Beige, Sand Beige, Medium Beige, Buff, Nude, Natural Tan, True Beige, Ivory, and Warm Golden. The shade range isn’t the widest, pale or dark skinned women may miss out which is a shame, but fortunately for me Nude matched me well. The compact comes with a sponge, and also includes a mirror, which makes it perfect to pop in your handbag and take away on holiday. Now – what you’re really here for is to see how the Colorstay foundation […]

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September Empties

This month I have an absolutely bumper empties post, since I tidied my makeup table and did a bit of a clean up of my collection. Many of these aren’t actually empty, but they’re going in the bin all the same so they deserve to be in this post. There are a whopping 25 items, so I won’t be going through all of them individually – I’ll focus on the full size products that I’ve actually finished – so let’s get into it!

My everyday face

Lately I’ve developed a bit of a routine with my makeup, for days where I just feel like wearing a bit of makeup, and don’t feel like doing anything fancy. Most of the products I use are fairly affordable, and I think it’s because I don’t want to ‘waste’ my high end products – even though wearing and enjoying them isn’t a waste, it seems to be a unconscious decision. This is probably what you would call no-makeup makeup, although peoples definitions of what that is really seem to vary – I saw a tutorial for that the other day which involved fake eyelashes and ain’t nobody got time for dat on a daily basis! This is a look I wore to work the other day – it’s not ‘photoshoot’ makeup, it’s literally getting home from work, thrusting my camera at my brother and taking photos of my makeup.

April empties – part two!

I used up so many products during April that I had to make two posts for my empties! In this post I’ll be telling you what I think about Frank Body Scub, Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Shampoo and Conditioner, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter. Like I said in my last post, I’m very impressed with how many full sized products I managed to use up during April.

Fearless Style – makeup edition

A few weeks ago my friend Meagan who blogs over at This Is Meagan Kerr, put a call out for plus size women to be photographed for her body positive fashion project. It’s called Fat Girls Shouldn’t Wear Stripes – Fearless Style, and she wanted women to pick out their favourite outfit, and to step in front of her camera being our fat fabulous selves. In a rush of confidence, I volunteered to do it, and before I knew it I was pretending to be a supermodel for Meagan. I was really nervous – publicly putting my name and face and body out there as a fat woman was a big deal. Nevertheless, one Sunday morning I got up and got ready for it – despite the fact that I was at the peak of my Glandular Fever, not that I knew it yet. In this post, I’m going to show what makeup I chose to represent my fearless style.

My Makeup Story Tag

My friend Laura from Laura Loves Beauty Blog tagged me to do my ‘makeup story’ and I thought it was pretty fun. I know some people don’t like tags, but I generally enjoy reading and doing them so I figured I gotta do it! 1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? I was about 13 when I first started wearing makeup. It wasn’t a lot, just some mascara and lip gloss mostly. We weren’t allowed to wear it at school so it was mainly for weekend outings to the mall. I didn’t start regularly wearing makeup until I was 21, before that it was mainly for special occasions.

Tips for using striping tape on your nails

After being inspired by my good friend and fellow blogger Caitlin, recently I have been making good use of striping tape in my manicures. I love the way it makes your nails look more interesting, and you can use it in really creative ways. Using it is something I initially struggled with, but now with practice and some research I have some advice that I can give to you!

August Goodie Box

August was my second month of Goodie Box – last month’s Birthday Box was my first one. On first impression, I liked it more than the July box. There are three full size products, and three that are samples. Four are skincare, one is haircare and one is makeup, which was a good range I think! I’ve been busily using them all, so now I can give you a comprehensive review about what I thought of it all.  

Doing my mum’s makeup

Today I’m going to show you a makeup look I did on my mum recently! I like playing makeup artist, it’s a challenge compared to doing makeup on myself – different skin types, different eye/lid area, just a totally different canvas to work on. All week she, my friend, and I had been joking about wearing ‘double makeup’ – twice as much as you would usually wear, so that was part of my ~creative vision~ for this look. Mum wears makeup most days but usually her eye makeup is fairly neutral so I decided to make use of colour in this looks to really make her pretty eyes pop! For the base of this look I used my NYX anti-redness primer – mum hasn’t really used primer before so it was a novelty for her. Then I applied her Revlon Colorstay foundation for normal to dry skin in shade 240 Medium Beige using my XOBeauty flat top brush. It had to be my brush as she doesn’t really believe in using brushes for foundation but I must say she was impressed with how it turned out so maybe we have a convert. There was no need for concealer but I […]

Inside my travel makeup bag

By the time you read this post I will be on holiday in Australia, for a girly holiday with my friend Laura and staying with my mum, yay! I always like looking at peoples’ travel makeup bag posts, so I’ll share mine with you now. It was hard to whittle down my collection, but I managed to fit it all into a reasonable sized bag! The base products I chose were Clinique Super City Block, NYX Photo-loving primer, Clinique CC Cream light, MAC Studio Sculpt NW20, Rimmel Stay Matte primer, ELF blush Peachy Keen, and ELF Under Eye concealer and highlighter in light. I wanted to have the option to do a full coverage base, as well as just swipe on some of the CC cream. I haven’t featured the CC cream on here before – here’s a swatch. Eye makeup was another set of difficult decisions! The mascara was a no-brainer, I chose Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes which I’ve been using for a little while now and loving. The Sephora eyeliner pencil is handy because it’s got brown and black, and the NYX wonder pencil is perfect for the inner rims of my eyes. Then there’s Bobbi Brown […]