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Saturday, 31 August 2019
Getting back into the swing of blogging after a long unexpected break, I wanted to ease myself back in and plan 15 blog posts for the month instead of the usual 30. 
I did decide to double up posts to get a few more products in, making 14 posts in total. Although it wasn't the plan, I feel very proud of what I've been able to accomplish with everything that's been going on this August.

Here are all the posts from this years The August Review:
















That's another August come and gone. I enjoy doing this series each year and I'd love to know if there are any products you'd like me to keep an eye on or try out for next year.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 29 August 2019
When the buzz of Fenty Beauty hit the beauty world I was really excited as the talk around the foundation and base products was always positive. With initial release through the website and Harvey Nichols in the UK, it was hard to get hold of the product. My brother actually picked this up for me in Sephora on his travels. 

It's now available at Boots! Click Here to see the Fenty Beauty Range.

The Foundation

The website describes it as;
"Finally - the ultimate photo filter in foundation form. Born in 40 boundary-breaking shades, Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine free finish that easily builds from medium to full coverage. The oil free formula is made with climate adaptive technology that's humidity resistant, sweatproof and won't clog pores, so that wherever you are, it's going to work on your skin. Best of all, this long-wearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin - so you always look like you."

Pros

  • The best and most inclusive shade range I've come across.
  • Light formula.
  • Silky consistency.
  • Oil free.
  • Buildable coverage.
  • Long lasting.
  • Great price point.

Cons

  • None!

The Verdict

At £27.00 this is one of the best foundations I have come across. 
Previously I would use either Too Faced Born This Way or Estee Lauder's Double Wear for special events or for full coverage. Although they are both still lovely foundations, I've never had such a light, silky consistency like with this foundation. It's beautiful. I've found it applies like a second skin and even as a medium build coverage, it hides my discolouration, my redness and small spots. All with a gorgeous matte finish. I highly, highly recommend this.


Have you tried any products from Fenty Beauty? Would you say it was better than Too Faced or Estee Lauder?

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The newest addition to Revolution's amazing product range, I picked this up during a Superdrug order as it was on a 3 for 2 offer. I had recently used the smaller version and although I can sometimes be funny about doe foot applicators, I was happy to have a bigger version of this in my makeup bag. 

Want to try it for yourself? Click Here to see their range on Superdrug. 

The Concealer

The superdrug website describes it as;
"Containing more than 3 times the product of the original size in the same inclusive shade range. Choose from 24 shades, ranging from fair to deep, in cool, neutral and warm undertone. Lightweight yet full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, even skin tone and counteract dark circles, with a matte finish that won't settle or accentuate fine lines and pores. This long-wearing and intense pigment can also be used to contour and add definition. The large doe foot applicator allows for smooth application that won't drag on the delicate skin under your eyes. Vegan & Cruelty Free."

Pros

  • Brilliant price.
  • Good shade range.
  • Good coverage.
  • Soft consistency.
  • Even application.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Fantastic for hiding dark circles.

Cons

  • Layering it with a blending sponge was better than a brush. Brush application made it quite "cakey" looking.

The Verdict

For a drugstore brand, Revolution or as they were known, Makeup Revolution, always turn out products that are worth what you pay. Their newest base range of foundations and concealers has created a huge hype in the beauty community. I really liked the smaller version of this product so to get more for my money by buying the super size version is brilliant. It is one of the best drugstore concealers I've come across for hiding my dark circles, which is no easy feat. The only problem I have with this is finding it difficult to apply with a brush without looking cakey. I'd stick to a blending sponge if you were to pick this up. 


Are you a fan of Revolution makeup products? Would you try this concealer? 

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The MAC Prep & prime has been a product on my list for a while. I purchased this at the beginning of the year and I'm already on my second bottle. To be used before and/or after makeup, this has become my go to priming product.

Click here to see the range.

The Prep & Prime Spray

"A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gentle soother and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup."

Pros

  • Smells gorgeous.
  • Refreshes and soothes skin.
  • Hydrates. 
  • Gives your skin a lovely dewy glow, even on top of makeup.
  • Can use on top of your makeup throughout the day.
  • Overall good price point with longevity.

Cons

  • None!

The Verdict

As I get issues with my skin due to medication for my Ulcerative Colitis I didn't put this at the top of my list and I'm instantly regretting that. Now on my second bottle, it keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day even when I have makeup on. It leaves the most lovely finish and I look healthier than I actually am. It may seem pricey at £21.00 but it is worth every penny. I just bought my second bottle at the end of last month and as you can see from the image above, with on average 3 times a week use of 3-4 sprays, it's going to last me until well after Christmas. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but with the coconut, rose and lavender infused versions I'd say it was definitely worth a try.


Have you used the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+? Would you recommend any other priming product(s)?

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 25 August 2019
My skincare routine has had another shake up recently. I've been having a surge of breakouts because of stress and issues with my colitis and I decided to go back to Nip + Fab as I know those products have helped combat my issues before.

Click here to see their range.

Dragon's Blood Fix Extreme Plumping Serum

The website describes it as;
"Super hydrating and plumping serum. A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate flower blend together for an instant hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines an wrinkles reduced."

Pros

  • Is hydrating and plumping.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Noticed my eye area looks fuller and brighter.
  • Skin feels really smooth and soft after use.

Cons

  • Is on the pricier side.

Dragon's Blood Fix Jelly Mask

The website describes it as;
"Rehydrate your skin with the new Dragon's Blood Fix Jelly Mask. This refreshing and skin awakening jelly mask is infused with a cocktail of nourishing and skin boosting ingredients, including hydrating-hero Hyaluronic Acid, as well as our iconic Dragon's Blood, which will lock in moisture, smooth and plump the skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The ultra-light, jelly consistency is very cooling and calming, with key active ingredients to soother and protect the skin. Skin will appear supple and healthy with a dewy glow."

Pros

  • Is very hydrating.
  • Skin was smooth and had that dewy glow is claims to give.
  • Had no irritation or redness after use.
  • Love the product size you get. I don't like it when jar masks only have 2-3 uses in them.
  • They gave a tip to keep it in the fridge and it is so refreshing and cooling. Especially over this hot bank holiday weekend we've had.

Cons

  • I couldn't get on very well with the consistency. 
  • Another product on the pricier side.

The Verdict

I brought these two in the £5 sale as a top up for my dry skin when the UK was having one of it's hottest summers. 
The serum I was using every other day and I found my eye area was looking so much plumper. I had really bad sunken under eyes from poor sleep and stress and the appearance side was helped with this. It is (at it's RRP) on the pricier side and although I do recommend it, I wouldn't buy it unless it was on offer.
The Jelly Mask I probably won't buy again. It is refreshing, cooling and Eco-Friendly being a jar mask but I just couldn't get along with the consistency. I found it very messy and hard to put on evenly. I have seen they do a sheet mask version of the mask which I may try next.


Have you tried the Dragon's Blood Fix range? Are you a fan of Jelly Masks?

As always, thanks for reading...
My skincare routine has had another shake up recently. I've been having a surge of breakouts because of stress and issues with my colitis and I decided to go back to Nip + Fab as I know those products have helped combat my issues before. My skin responds really well to Glycolic Acid and I found Nip & Fab had some new products I could integrate into my skincare routine. 

Click here to see their Glycolic Fix range.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Pads

The Nip + Fab website describes them as;
"Our best-seller just got BIGGER - the Glycolic Fix Extreme Pads are now available in XXL size with 100 pads. Stock up on our super-strength acid exfoliating facial pads to target oil and congested skin. A cult favourite, these extreme night pads contains 5% pure glycolic acid and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skins natural exfoliation process. Easily incorporated into a weekly routine use at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise patch testing before hand and using once a week,"

Pros

  • Will last the majority of a year if you only use them 2-3 times a week.
  • Picks up any extra makeup that didn't come off during first cleanse.
  • Works really well in combating my breakouts.
  • Each pad isn't overly saturated.
  • No irritation to the skin.
  • Open spots will get that natural it's working stinging you get with skincare products but there is no unnecessary stinging.

Cons

  • None!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Toner

"Our best-seller just got BIGGER - the Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme are now available in XXL size with 190ml. Stock up on this high performance liquid exfoliator with 6% pure Glycolic Acid for a brighter complexion. A Powerhouse bend of exfoliating acids works to deeply cleanse and helps unclog pores for a more refined skin surface. Combined with hydrating acid + vitamin B5 to maintain skin hydration for smoother, brighter looking skin."

Pros

  • A little goes a long way.
  • Pores are deeply cleansed.
  • My complexion is brighter.
  • No irritation or unnecessary stinging.
  • My skin does feel a lot smoother. 

Cons

  • Is a little on the pricey side.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Scrub

"A supercharged, 3-in-1 micro exfoliant with Glycolic and Salicylic acids to cleanse, exfoliate and resurface the skin. An extreme and more potent version of our best-selling Glycolic Fix Scrub. The high-performance scrub contains 6% glycolic acid for a brighter complexion. The Glycolic Fix Scrub Extreme contains a potent blend of acids to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and fighting blackheads through a chemical exfoliation from the glycolic acid, and a mechanical exfoliation from the scrub texture."

Pros

  • Gorgeous consistency. Feels like it is exfoliating the skin without any harsh lines or redness after use.
  • Skin feels so smooth after use.
  • It doesn't dry out my skin.
  • Targets dead skin well. I feel like a scrub won't solely combat dead skin but this comes close.
  • Combats my breakouts.

Cons

  • Wish it came in a jar rather than a tube.

The Verdict 

I changed my skincare routine because I wanted more natural ingredients in the products I was using. With breakouts my skin does respond so well to Glycolic Acid that I needed to incorporate it into the skincare regime I have. I went back to Nip + Fab because I knew it worked for me and it can be really affordable.
The extreme pads are fantastic for that top up in the week, especially if you've picked at your breakouts or extracted your pores. I use them twice a week minimum but I've found they work really well on spots on my neck too.
The toner isn't the cheapest in your monthly skincare budget but Nip + Fab have included it in their £5 sale before a few times and I stock up when they do. AT £19.99 getting 4 for the price of 1 is insane and a must.
With the scrub I have used the original one before but this is the extreme version and I find it hasn't flared up any redness after use, My spots and the ones under the skin are handled quicker and my skin feels a lot softer after use.

All in all this is the brand I will always come back to for skincare. I will always incorporate it in my routine. 


Are you a fan or Nip + Fab? Does your skin respond well to Glycolic Acid?

As always, thanks for reading...
Morphe have teamed up with many influencers over the years and are a very well known and loved brand. I have only had one palette from Morphe before but as they've become more accessible in the UK I've really branched out. I brought this palette earlier in the year on its second restock and I was interested in it after seeing so many makeup artists create some stunning looks.

Click here to take you to the website.

The Palette & Swatches

The Morphe website describes the palette as:
Unleash Your Inner Artist; When James Charles says you can create anything, he means it. For. Real. The colour never ends with this full spectrum of 39 dialed-up, deeply pigmented shades. With four rows of stunning colour combos and one a row of super-sized shades, you’ll be ready to take on any look you can dream up. So go on and go for it. And don’t hold back.”

From left to right; Canvas, Ring Light, So Good, 518, Rusted, Halloween, Wig & Tea.
From left to right; Punch Me, Sister, Mary, Literally, You’re Kidding, Shook, Boutique & Benny.
From left to right; Flashback, Face, Tune, Code James, 10% Off, No Beans & Spooky.
From left tor right; Bee, Guac, Hello, Playground, Brother, Artistry, Love That & Pinkity Drinkity.
From left to right; Social Blade, Daddy, Cape Cod, Cola, A Cappella, Escape, Single & Skip.

Pros

  • Such an inclusive and beautiful spectrum of colours.
  • Affordable; 39 Eyeshadows for £39! That's a mind-blowing price point.
  • Good pigmentation with little to no fallout. 
  • With Matte, Metallic and Shimmer shades there is finishing choice without sacrificing colour choice. By that I mean that some palettes can have one deep shade and in that you only get one finish option. 
  • Versatile; I've seen the 7 larger core shades be used for highlight and contour.

Cons

  • None!

The Verdict

This is an amazing palette. Named the "artistry" palette you don't have to be the best at makeup to purchase this. It will give you every makeup situation you can think of. From the basic of day to night looks to more special occasions like weddings and even for seasonal occasions like Halloween & Christmas. 
I've seen this used across the spectrum on Instagram and although I do enjoy more creative looks you see from cosplayer's or makeup artists more natural looks stand out too.
I 100% recommend this palette to anyone and everyone. I feel that those who are stuck in their ways with makeup may feel like they won't use all the colours but trust me that it is that enticing, that you will get use from this. I am not brilliant at makeup but with this palette I've been a lot more creative and I feel drawn to practice more.


Have you tried the James Charles x Morphe Palette? Is this something you would purchase?

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 18 August 2019

With the success of the Disney Designer Range it wasn’t surprising to see a Villains collection released within the new year. From what I have seen, Colourpop have found from the previous collection that their customer base liked the different kits and released them on day of launch rather than a later date.
This means you can pick and chose and in some ways customise what would suit you or purchase everything from your favourite villains range.

Click here to see what’s still available. 

The Palette & Swatches

Described by the Colourpop website as;
“Rooting for the good guys is boring. In collaboration with Disney and their infamous villains, we’re bringing you the palette to rule the all, Misunderstood. This mixed finish 15 pan palette combines intense mattes, colour shifting duo-chromes and rich metallics. Scheme all the ways you’ll slay your look, it won’t be hard with this palette.”

From left to right, top to bottom; No Spots, Mongrels, Diablo, Devious, Tragic, Underworld, Pain & Panic, Forest Of Thorns, Flotsam, The Fates, Revenge, Sing, Jetsam, Facile & 101.

Pros

  • Affordable, it's another palette that works out to be $1.46 per shade.
  • Little fall out and blends well.
  • Gorgeous shade range.
  • Soft texture. A lot of metallics can be chunky yet these are so smooth on application.

Cons

  • Again, would of liked to have seen a mirror.

The Lipsticks & Swatches 

Described on the Colourpop website as;
“Get a taste of the dark side with all 6 of Villains Lux Lipsticks. Featuring wicked nudes to devious vampy shades, wear them all while you're plotting your next scheme to take over the world.”
From left to right; Ursula, Maleficent, Cruella, Dr Facilier, Hades & The Evil Queen.

Pros

  • Amazing colour pay off.
  • Complimentary shade range. I find these work for all skin tones.
  • Smooth consistency on application.
  • Affordable at $8 a piece.
  • Hydrating.

Cons

  • None

The Verdict

I've said before that putting my love of Disney together with my love of makeup is a sure way for my bank account to suffer. I completely adore this range.

A more metallic style of eyeshadow palette this not only screams the criteria of Disney Villains the shadows are so soft and smooth. A lot of glitter or metallic shades can be quite chunky to get that glistening pay off. These don't have that and you still get minimal fallout on application. A perfect palette for someone who loves Disney, loves to cosplay Disney Villains or goes all out with bold looks.

Colour scheme wise I do prefer the Disney Villains Lipstick range as I love a bold lip. I wasn't surprised that I got amazing quality and colour payoff. These are some of the best lipsticks I've come across that are at such an affordable price. I was lucky to purchase the full set this time round and I'm so in love with them. I 100% recommend these.


Do you prefer this palette to the Disney Designers one? Do you prefer matte or metallic eyeshadows? 

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Released in the Autumn / Winter of 2018. This Disney Designer collaboration with Colourpop was immediately on my radar. I have loved Disney since I was a child and to combine it with my love of makeup is the ultimate way for my bank account to suffer.

The original launch consisted of six lipsticks, three lip glosses, two highlighters, six pressed eyeshadows (for solo purchase) and one 15 shade eyeshadow palette.
Since the original launch the collection has grown significantly. With a number of kits available you can purchase the products solely by their type or by choosing a princess.

Click here to see the collection.

The Palette & Swatches

Described on the Colourpop website as;
"Get red carpet ready with the pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance of the collection, our first 15 pan shadow palette inspired by the iconic Disney princesses. These soft romantic shadows will add a touch of glam to any look to make you photo ready."

From left to right, top to bottom; Chip, Juju, Grumpy, Triton, Abu, Prince Charming, Ray, Fairy Godmother, One Kiss?, Thingamabob, Enchanted Rose, Poison Apple, Magic Carpet, Beast & Midnight Curfew.

Pros

  • Amazing colour selection. 
  • Good colour payoff.
  • At $1.46 a shade it’s not only affordable, you also get your money’s worth. 
  • Blendable with little fallout.
  • Love the packaging.

Cons


  • Would of been nice to include a mirror.

The Lipsticks & Swatches 

Described on the Colourpop website as;
“Lux it up. Enriched with our LUX Blend of hydrating butters, this creamy, long-wearing lipstick glides on the lips with rich pigmentation in a comfy, lightweight formula.”

From left to right; Snow White, Belle & Tiana

Pros

  • Amazing colour pigmentation.
  • Hydrating.
  • Smooth application.
  • I was surprised to feel how lightweight they claimed to be.
  • At $8 a piece these are better than some high end lipsticks I’ve used.

Cons

  • None.

The Verdict

I love, love, love this range!

The eyeshadow palette is the perfect combination of types of eyeshadow as well as shades. It is again more of a natural shade selection but the bolder and deeper shades with the metallics make it so you can go from day to night. It’s another palette perfect for beginners or those getting into makeup but I would also suggest this to those who cosplay Disney characters.

The lipsticks are my absolute favourite. I was so happy with the formula, colour pay off and longevity. I only picked three of the princesses as, although affordable, I couldn’t at the time purchase more than three alongside the palette and Belle, Snow White & Tiana were in my opinion the best all round shades. I would recommend these all day long and I’m really excited to hopefully further expand the collection.


What are your thoughts on Colourpop Products? Is this Disney Collaboration one you'd purchase?

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YouTuber Zoe Sugg or known as; “Zoella” by her fans, collaborated with the brand Colourpop for this 70’s Brunch inspired collection which was released February of this year.
The collection consists of three liquid lipstick bundles (also available separately), two gel eyeliners, two metallic liquid eyeshadows, one blush, one highlighter and one 12 shade eyeshadow palette.

Unfortunately a lot of the collection is sold out on the website but click here to see what is still available. 

The Palette & Swatches

Described by the Colourpop website as;
“Brunch is served! Get elevated essentials of warm and cool-toned eyeshadows in a sleek lil palette. One of our most user-friendly palettes, you can easily create versatile wearable looks with its mix of matte and metallic shadows. Satisfy all your cravings and take your look from a sweet “Let’s meet for coffee” day-time eye to a chic “Reservations at 8” night out look. She’s cute any time of day.”

From left to right, top to bottom; Champagne Toast, Pancakes Please, French Toast, Skinny Latte, Cinnamon, Mimosa, Maple Syrup, Sundae Funday, Sunny Side Up, Americano, Brunch Club & Extra Slice.

Pros

  • Good colour payoff.
  • Blendable with little fallout.
  • Affordable. At $18, each shadow costs $1.50.
  • Slim with a large mirror, great to travel with.
  • Gorgeous packaging.

Cons

  • With a mainly natural colour selection, some shades are very similar.
  • Confused by the one blue eyeshadow.

The Liquid Lipsticks & Swatches

Described by the Colourpop website as;
“Intense colour pay off in one swipe that dries down to a super matte, transfer-proof finish.”

From left to right; Little One, @ Me & Self Love Club 

Pros

  • Amazing pigmentation.
  • With only three in the collection; I really liked the colour choices.
  • Smooth consistency.
  • The lip wand is the perfect size for application.
  • Once dried it does have good staying power.
  • At $7, you are getting your money's worth with the product.

Cons

  • None

The Verdict

I brought the palette out of curiosity. Lord knows I have many palettes with natural eyeshadows but I was intrigued by the number of metallic shades included. Although the single blue eyeshadow has thrown me and I am confused as to why it’s in the palette, I really like how many subtle day looks can be created with this. Yes, even including the metallic shades.
This is a product that I would say is perfect for beginners, young people getting into makeup or those who favour a natural colour selection. Although it’s a lovely palette, for me, I wouldn’t buy this as a full palette again. If the shades were to be sold separately I’d purchase the metallics again.

With my love of liquid lipsticks I of course brought the three colours in this range. I decided to buy them as separates rather than in the bundles because I personally don’t use lip pencils often and found I was saving $5 per liquid lipstick by buying it as a solo piece.
Having used Colourpop liquid lipsticks before I knew I was getting quality product and with the three colours chosen they really complimented my pale skin. 100% recommend and I would buy these again.

What are your thoughts on the Colourpop x Zoella range? Would you purchase any of these products?

As always, thanks for reading…

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