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Thursday, 23 May 2013


So, recently on Twitter, Illamasqua had reached 50,000 followers and to celebrate such a focal event, they only went and had a 50% off everything sale on their online website!

Suddenly, my brain started functioning and telling me to buy some of their eye shadows, because if you know me, you'll know I do love me some eye shadows, plus, I have never actually used any Illamasqua products before and thought now is my chance!

So, I opted to purchase the colours 'Feint' in the Powder Eye Shadow which is a warm, pinky brown colour and 'Fervent' in Pure Pigment which is a reddy brown but in certain lights appears green or blue and is insanely glittery! Both are also ridiculously pigmented that literally a tap of the product is all you need.

Here are links of Illamasqua's website which provides swatches as well:

POWDER EYE SHADOW 'FEINT': http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/feint-powder-eye-shadow

PURE PIGMENT 'FERVENT': http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/fervent-pure-pigment-now-7-50


Emma Hardie 'amazing face' Cleansing Balm

Now, I've always been an avid reader of reading blogs in general but when it comes to skincare, Caroline Hiron's blog is the one. She writes that the best cleanser type is a 'balm' cleanser which can be used for all skin types and that this cleanser in particular is amazing.

Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm has swept the blogger field off their feet with its rich and luxurious feel to the product which along with a face cloth, (4 for £1 from Primark!) removes every inch of your make up, along with all other grime AND leaves your face baby soft, literally. Another bonus is this cleanser can be used around your eyes to removes you eye make up which to me is great!.

This cleanser is £34 so it is on the higher end of life, but like Caroline Hiron says in her latest video with the Pixiwoo sisters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3tRjufnWr8) that if you can spend such an amount of money on bags and shoes you don't really need, why not spend it on something that will actually work and ultimately help your skin?

This cleanser has definitely helped moisturize the drier areas of my face and I have not broken out to it however I have had two abnormal allergic reactions to something I am using so fingers crossed it's not this!

Finally, I am still on the lookout for cheaper alternatives which effectively do the same job, so what cleansers do you use? And are they buttery soft in application?


Wednesday, 8 May 2013


So, if like me you have never actually owned your own 'proper' Foundation and have combination skin i.e. Oily as well as Dry skin, then fear not, Nars 'Sheer Glow' Foundation is for you. And yes, I am well aware I am behind the crazy bandwagon which has swept Beauty Bloggers and Youtubers off their feet regarding this foundation but better late than never, eh?

Initially, this foundation states it is "a glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone", all of which I agree, it even leaves a velvety finish upon your skin.

What's more, is this foundation even claims it has skincare benefits through using it daily; improving the skin's brightness and texture through the Tumeric extract in this foundation, which is probably the reason for it being so pigmented.

It claims it is for normal, normal-to-dry and dry skin types however many Youtubers including 'Pixi2woo' and 'Gossmakeupartist' have claimed otherwise since it leaves a semi dewy finish and an be used for combination skin types as well and can be powdered through the centre of your face if you wish.

Finally,this product is 'high end' so it is quite expensive and retailed at £30.50 but definitely worth it since it leaves a healthy finish and doesn't even look like your wearing foundation and the sizing is 30ml, so probably going to last you a very long time.

Here's a link of myself applying this foundation: 


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