High End Haul featuring Illamasqua, Kevyn Aucoin and By Terry

When it comes to high end items, i’m not one to purchase anything and everything under the sun. Everything takes careful consideration and when i recently visited Harvey Nichols (a luxury department store here in the UK),I decided to cave and purchase some items that I have been looking for for quite some time now! I have seen these items being raved about from everywhere from Youtube to Blogging sites and people talking about them and I just had to give them a go.My First stop was at Space NK, which I was so pleased to see in Harvey Nichols because they are quite rare to find. They tend to stock items rarer brands from around the world which we don’t see very often, so I picked up a few gems from there. Kevyn Aucoin was my first stop and I grabbed this Sensual Skin Enhancer when I saw it because I’m in dyer need of an incredible concealer since my Dior one has run out. I have also come to find that I need a concealer with higher coverage as well as my dark circles have seemed ti have got worse lately. This is so pigmented and I was genuinely shocked at the punch it packs, even though I have heard people say how effective it is a concealer. When you see this in real life, it amazes you and the shade range is excellent. It does oxidise slightly when on the skin so I would recommend getting a skin match to it before purchasing because at £37, this stuff ain’t cheap!Ok.. So I’m cheating here and i didn’t really get this from Harvey Nichols, rather Selfridges but it would be the same difference were it not for the colour of the logo! I have been eyeing up this highlighter from Illamasqua for ages and when it saw it front and centre on display I caved! It’s called Beyond Powder and comes in 2 shades although mine is aptly called “OMG’. This is a baked blush and they claim it can be used wet and dry. When I first used this on my skin, I underestimated how pigmented it was and ended up glowing like a disco ball for the rest of the day, BUT I didn’t care because it looked so natural. This is one of those highlighters that if you don’t have, I don’t know how you get by during the day. It’s way up there in price for Illamasqua but that be because there is so much of it. I like the sahdw which is a perfect balance between a gold and silver shimmer however, it has this tendency to blend into blush and has a pink hue too. It does cut any makeup though such as a my blush, which i find I always have to go back into after using this, but it’s so beautiful I don’t care!

Sam from Pixiwoo on YouTube rants and raves about this excessively and I am not surprised after I swatched it for one for he first time last week. By Terry is a brand that I’ve never tried before but these shadows sticks called Ombre Blackstar are AMAZEBALLS and mine is in the shade Bronze Moon #4! I had such a wide colour range to choose from and formula actually blew my mind. I was in awe at the glitter in it and the the way that it blends is amazing too! It has a way of blending out into a matte colour and means you don’t have to use a thousand colours on your eyes like crease colours and highlighters etc. because this does everything for you. It lasts for ages even when you don’t use a primer and it doesn’t smudge or budge in the slightest. I think you’ll find the only problem with this (other than the extortionate price), is what colour you’d want to choose.

Have you tried any of these products before?

Giant MAC haul

I recently went to Bicester Village and if you live in the UK and love makeup like i do, then you know that the Cosmetics Company store in Bicester is amazing! Bicester Village is essentially a little shopping park that looks wonderful and houses a huge array of big brands for lower prices and there is also a makeup shop there which sells a lot of sold out collections from various different brands.. including MAC! I was definitely in the mood for trying some new makeup and so when I saw such beautiful bright colours lying around, I had to grab some of my favourited. I’m sure you can see the spring time colours that I have chosen which shows i’m feeling rather festive this season and I really wanted to branch out of makeup zone. This is something new that I’ve been trying recently whereby, I only purchase makeup that I already don’t have a colour or texture of and VOILA!

One of the first things that really attracted my attention was these eyeshadows. I have a real love-hate relationship with MAC eyeshadows because I feel as though they are quite overpriced for what they are but after swatching these, I really enjoyed their finishes. After trying them on, they look incredible and create that kind of 90’s vibe with the bright frosty eyeshadows, but I really like the look of it on my complexion and these are just perfect for blending on the bottom lash line for a more subtle look.Blushes are one of my most favourite things from MAC and i love them even more in pan form because they work out so much cheaper. They are some of the things which i really enjoy buying from MAC and I wanted to try some different shades. These are all as beautiful as the others on the cheeks and they look gorgeous on skin and are perfect for Summer! They are all fairly matte apart from slight frosty finish on “azalea’ which has a slight sheen on it.Cream colour bases are some of the most rarest things in my collection from MAC and the only one I own is Pearl which is a cult classic. I wanted to try some different shades and thought I could work with more pinkier tones because I could use them on my lips and cheeks. I’m a huge fan of these so far but have noticed that they don’t last that ong. They are very pigmented though and I have found that setting them with some of my face powder on top, lessens the pigmentation as well as keeping them a little more robust. The brown shade is so perfect for contouring that I can’t even fathom what I was doing in my life without it. It has a silver/grey flex in it, giving the brown a much cooler undertone and this make the contour look even cheaper.This is probably my most favourite ting from my haul and I love it so much that I haven’t stopped wearing since the day that I got it. I love purple tones on my kin and even though this is quite bright and pigmented, it has a way of looking really natural and has a beautiful finish. It’s listed as a frost finish and although I love a good matte blush, this has just the right amount of sheen to make it look amazeballs! This with the contour is a really good cheek day for me!Lipstick is my thing and i love trying different colours. Orange is one that I don’t tend to go for but would love to be able t pull off more confidently. I’m a huge fan of the lustre finishes from MAC because they wear beautifully and are often really long-lasting. This is the perfect cross between a red and orange because it is quite sheer, it is really forgiving for those of us who are afraid to try new shades to start with!

This haul cost just over £100 which may seem like a lot but I also think I got a lot of good stuff (MAC) for my money. What do you like the look of most in this haul?

Lancome Miracle Fluid Cushion Foundation (compact) Review

  I recently noticed in a few pictures that my skin was beginning to look a little orange- ish and it looked like I had gotten a bad spray job and i am not a big fan of that look on me! After investigating what it could be that was causing my skin to look like this, I realised that I was using foundations that were oxidising a little more than normal (probably because they’re fairly old or just cheap) and so I began my hunt for something new and exciting to use! after taking  trip to Lancome with Miss A one day, I discovered this foundation and believe me when I say that it has changed my view on Lancome completely! Behold.. The Miracle Cushion Fluid Foundation.
  The whole vibe of this is unique and the actual product itself is really intriguing for new users such as myself. The idea behind this foundations’ packaging is the way the product is stored. The fluid is held in a sponge and disperses best with the compact that it comes with (although I enjoy dipping my brush in it). It feels strange at first because you initially think that no product will come out, but there is a lot of substance to the sponge ad it secreted a lot more than you would expect. The sponge with the liquid in has a cover, the lid contains a mirror and it comes with its own sponge too. the outer packaging though is made from plastic with a mirror on the lid for extra ease and I’m a huge fan of this because I can imagine taking this out and about with me when I’m away from home.

I have been using this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and have found the coverage to be perfect for my skin at the moment which is being well looked after because I’m trying to drink water more than usual. It’s described as being a light coverage (which it definitely is) and although not very buildable, does give a very natural and smooth looking canvas to the skin. Lancome claim on it’s description that this is hydrating and gives your skin a glow which i dispute because I haven’t really seen much of a glow. In fact, one of the reasons i really like foundation is because it has given my skin a natural and complete skin-like finish which doesn’t look dewy or matte in any way. It is very hydrating though and doesn’t cling to any dry patches on my skin and i feel as though using this with a Beauty Blender would really give this product a little more oomph and kick to the texture and coverage. You can see from the swatch on my hand that where the foundation is, it looks like skin and the only difference you can really tell is the shade difference (because my hand is fake tanned and the foundation shade is lighter). This foundation comes in 8 shades which isn’t great and if you’re super pale, the shade shown in the images is the lightest so be aware of this. This is great in terms of cost-effectiveness though. the initial foundation came in at £30 however, the refill can be purchased for £19 and you can change this yourself at home. It simply clicks out and back in again which is perfect for being able to mix and match shades depending on your skin colouring at the time. It is definitely a new favourite product of mine and I truly enjoy applying this in the morning.

For that no make up make up look, it’s perfect and I’m all about that on those days when I just about roll out of bed!


MAC Mineralised Finish Haul/ Review


 Welcome back to another adaptation of Faiza’s ever growing make up collection! I couldn’t resist recently when I popped into a MAC store to check out their new collection and noticed the mineralised finish products sitting there! They looked so beautiful and after searching an array of blushes and eyeshadows, I picked up a few products that I fell for instantly! Behold, my first ever mineralised eyeshadows from MAC. What’s the difference between the mineralised collection and normal collection? The mineralised finishes in this collection are baked rather pressed. The ingredients to make mineralised makeup are supposed to be kinder to skin as well. I was quite glad to see that some of the products had 2 shades in them which essentially means less packaging for when I’mm travelling.. PERFECT!
  The shades that I got were based on what I think look good on my eyes in particular. Because I have green/brown eyes, I like my colours to have a purple or red undertone to them and I love anything nude. That’s why ever amethyst is perfect for me in so many ways. I’m a huge fan of the pigmentation of these as well. I’m not keen on the fall out and they can sometimes be quite chalky, but generally, they pick up really well on a synthetic brush and I splash the brush  with a spritz of Fix Plus from MAC, it’s even better! I wouldn’t recommend getting any liquid in the eyeshadow though as it altered the colour of the shadow for when I wanted to use it next time. Young Punk is a perfect black with the right amount of purple glitter in it. I like the way that the black isn’t too potent but doesn’t look chalky or uneven when it’s on the eyelid. I always use a basic primer under eyeshadow and hope for the best and this time, It definitely paid off. You can see from the swatches that the colours are really potent and the eyeshadow really lasts a long time too. With Young Punk in particular, even though the glitter looks as though it isn’t built in to the shadow (if you get what I mean), it stays on all day and I didn’t get any fall out or purple glitter on my face! The only downside is the ridiculous price. These come in at a whopping £18 and even though I think that they are very good and the value for money is evident in the formula, the actual shadows are very hard  to reason with in price because you could get a tonne of palettes from the drugstore for the same cost! Weigh up your odds on the price versus. pigmentation.. Would you purchase this?

The Ultimate Nude Lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics – Blogging March Day 31

  It’s the finale and i’m so sad to say it’s the end of Blogging March! It’s been so challenging and exciting blogging over the last month.. Finding time to take pictures and write blog posts has been hectic but the buzz from everyones feedback has been so good that I’m exciting to do something like this again very soon! Fear not though as I will be uploading regularly and will disclose my scheduled blog posts on all my social media platforms so make sure you check them out in the ‘contact me’ section above :)

I’ve decided to end Blogging March on a high and on a subject that I just can’t get enough of! I want to disclose my most prized beauty secret that I hold and it’s such a good one, you’ll be glad I told you! If you read my post yesterday, you will have seen me talk about my favourite lipliner (that’s actually an eyeliner) which I use to overdraw my lips and get that really pouty look. But the real secret weapon for when i want my lips to be the centre of attention is this lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics in the shade ‘1995’. It’s aptly named after the make up trends around that time and when I saw the name and the colour, it instantly took me back to good times when Destiny’s Child, All Saints and every celebrity under the sun wore a shade like this.

It’s a beautiful warm toned brown which is extremely matte (although in the pictures is looks fairly glossy.. This may be because my lips were very moisturised). The shade is really pigment and just one swipe covers your lips perfectly. It’s really smooth to apply and the formula is a true credit to the way that you can apply it so easily that overdrawing and filling in lipliner, is flawless.. It just glides on perfectly. Paired with the NickaK pencil I showed in yesterday’s blog, it makes the perfect pouty lip. This works on anyone and everyone and I know because i’ve tried this on so many people. It makes the most perfect juicy looking lip and because it’s such a nude colour, it looks good with almost any skin tone from the lightest to the darkest of skin tones.. I can’t rave about these lips enough so I’ll just let you know enjoy how pouty my lips look in the image below. If you try or have this lipstick, let me know and share your thoughts on it.

The Best Big Bold Lip Cheat – Blogging March Day 30

 When it comes to overdrawn lips, I think it’s safe to say that my readers have gathered that I’m a fan. Whenever I think of plumper lips, I always think of lip injections however, I’ve learnt some tips and tricks long the way which I think are better than that! I’m a big fan of darker lips as they are easier to mimic to a larger size and the more matte, the bigger I feel they look. So when I got this Nicka K eyeliner in my Glossy Box and tried it for the first time on my lips, I was so impressed with the results that I had to share them.

I never thought using an eyeliner would be so good but this one throws every other lip liner out the park. I don’t colour in all my lips with it as it doesn’t suit my complexion, but I ever so slightly overdraw my lips with this and then rub it in (usually with my finger) and then use whatever lip colour I’m using that day. Not only is this eyeliner creamy, but its also a wind up, so you always get a precise line and it’s so easy to use. It’s mega affordable too so, if you can get your hands on it, I would definitely recommend it.

Check out my last Blogging March post tomorrow where I’ll show you what effect this technique can create!

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Favourite – Blogging March Day 29

I done a posy yesterday showing you some of my favourite Urban Decay pencil eyeliners and I mentioned how I love the way you can add a bit of colour to your eyes without being overpowering using eyeliners to create a splash of colour. And today, I want to show you my favourite gel eyeliner of the moment which I purchased during Christmas. Bobbi Brown isn’t a brand that I usually turn to when it comes to fun and funky makeup, but I had a consultation for a new eye makeup look and the lovely lady at the counter put this on my eyes with a brown eyeshadow and I fell in love so bought it straight away and it has now become my favourite liner!

I’m a huge fan of gel eyeliners (eyeliners in general really) and because I have used them for such a long time, I have mastered the application of them. I have come to realise that the thicker the brush is, the easier it is to apply and this is strange when you think of it in theory however, logically, the thicker brush hold the product a little more robustly and it doesn’t clump up or disperse patchily and this makes a solid line of eyeliner- perfect every time! I love a bit of gel because it lasts so long however, generally speaking, all gel eyeliners are same: come in a small pot, have the same consistency and dry out fairly quickly. But it’s the colour of this particular Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner that caught my attention.

I have slightly green/brown eyes and because of this, wearing green enhances my eye colour quite a lot. However, every day, I don’t want to brought greens on my eyes and so this deep and dark ivy colour is perfect for adding a hint of colour without the super duper drama. It’s just a hint of colour and it picks up in the light. If you work in a corporate environment, or if you want to add a splash of colour without the hassle, this is perfect.

You can see from the image below that I even blended the colour out because you can use this as an eyeshadow base and it works perfectly for this as well. I’m a  huge fan of these and there a lot of brands that do gel eyeliners (Inglot being a brand with the most widest range of colours I’ve ever seen). I wanted to show this Bobbi Brown’s eyeliner though, because its a universal brand and I’m hoping my readers from all over the world can purchase it!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Review – Blogging March Day 28

  Urban Decay is a brand that is always releasing new and exciting products to their collection and by no means least are their Glide On Eye Pencils which are all the rage because of their staying power. They’re not called 24/7 eyeliners for no reason and they are so pigmented, that I just had to show you some of them to prepare you for the sweaty and hot months that lie ahead of us (where anything long-wearing will be appreciated.. For me especially).
There’s nothing more i love than a deep and bold look to the eye that makes them stand out more. One of the most prominent features on my face are my eyes, so i like to play on these and one of the easiest ways is to use eyeliners on and around my waterline to create that dramatic look. I really like playing on colours and if you do too, but don’t like bold colours on the eyes, then try eye liners like these on your waterline or lightly smudged before/after your liquid eyeliner, to add colour but with less impact. I think a huge trend to come soon will be deep set eyes with Chanel’s campaign with Kristen Stewart being all about the eyes and with Lisa Eldridge recently raving about kohl eyeliner, I am definitely feeling the darker eyes trend approaching. Some of the best and most long lasting eyeliners to fulfil this has to be Urban Decay Glide On 24/7 Eyeliners and the ones I have here in particular come in a set, so starting off the trend with a good foundation. There are 5 colours that come in this set called ‘Delirious’ which is aptly named after the deep and dark colours which are perfect for adding a hint of colour, to what would usually be bare or just black.  You can see from the swatches that they are creamy and very pigmented and the colour selection from the collection that Urban Decay have is enormous. They swatch beautifully and what’s more, they apply effortlessly too. They’re creamy and blend so well on the eyelid and on the waterline and they’re not hard to apply, like some eyeliners can be. I have even used these on my eyelid before where I have just smudged them on my lid and blended out with a relatively dense synthetic brush, although you have to be quick as these set very quickly. The only criticism I have is that they all have glitter in them apart from the black and although I love the look it gives, sometimes, I think a bold and matte colour makes a huge statement too. That’s not to say that I’m not in awe of these so if you see them around, then make sure you grab yourself some, because they’re too good to miss.

REVOLUTION Blush Palette Review – Blogging March Day 27

If you saw yesterdays post, it was about a relatively new make up brand called REVOLUTION which came to the UK high street not too long ago and has made a real impact to drugstore makeup as we know it. And when the Christmas time was here, they launched a few palettes which I had to pick up and didn’t want to miss. My favourite item of makeup has to be blush and so when I saw this palette and the vast array of shades that they have, I had to pick it up.. Just look at how beautiful it looks!
There are 8 shades in this palette and they are all different when swatched. They come in a few different finishes but mostly they are matte and there are a few which are a little sheerer as well. If you’re not into collecting makeup and just want staples, products like these are perfect because you don’t have to purchase different shades for different occasions as palettes like house all the shades you’ll need to create the perfect look. These powders are beautifully milled and they blend really well as well. They have a way of blending together really nice as well, so I have found myself mixing and matching shades within this palette to suit my look for that day a little better. You definitely have to use a light hand with these as they have a lot of pay off, but for the price that these come at, they are brilliant and to have that much pigmentation is a credit to the palette.
This also comes in a cream palette which you can find here. The palette here is no longer available but the most similar one from their line of blush palettes can be found here.

REVOLUTION Radiance Palette review – Blogging March Day 26

I am a huge fan of glow-y and dewy looking skin and I’m constantly looking for products which give me that ‘glow from within’ look. I have always used primers and highlighters to help me with that but when illuminating powders began being released, I was so happy to see that there was finally something to give an instant glow without having to use it during the prep of my makeup (I have a habit of forgetting to use primers and highlighters etc). Not only does it make me happy that innovative products are being released, but more so, that they are being released by new and exciting drugstore brands which are amazing quality for the price they cost. I love the brand REVOLUTION because of their big and bold display in Superdrug (a drug store in the UK) and their palettes are great quality. I wanted to try something that I didn’t have from any other brand and when I saw the Radiance Highlighting palette coming in at £8, I was sold!
  This palette is a trio of illuminating powders and they are incredible quality! When I saw these initially, I was worried that they would be too shiny and they wouldn’t look natural on my skin. I was worried that the colours were very different and I kept wondering where on my face I would use them. But, after playing around with them, I finally cracked it. These powders are so lovely to use and they blend effortlessly. I wouldn’t say they’re the most finest powders out there, but they have never disturbed my makeup and whenever I use these, I always feel so radiant and dewy. They have a way of controlling the normal shine that occurs naturally and substituting it for a very youthful and natural glow. The bronze shade on the far right is the one I use the least as it is a little too dark for me (even when I’m at my darkest but, I love using it as a bronzer. The other two shades are incredible for blending together to create the perfect shade for me. Of course the swatches I have shown in the images are intense because I wanted them to show up on camera, but don’t be fooled as these are some of the best finishing powders I’ve come across for illuminating… They definitely give Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders a good run for their money.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I’ll be showing you some more REVOLUTION makeup!

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