Beauty Buys and an Upcoming Challenge

Beauty Buys and an Upcoming Challenge

It just hit me this weekend, I’m off on holiday from Thursday for two and half weeks…sounds great except I thought I had more time. You see, on Saturday my partner and I are completing our 4th Tough Mudder.

You would think with it being our 4th we would be quite fit and have a training schedule down, not so! He has an active job so he is used to walking around for miles a day. I sit at my desk and the only exercise I get is nipping outside for a puff on my Vape! I think it may kill me!

The only thing that could make me feel better after this stark realisation? Buying more makeup of course!

I was on the hunt for the newly launched Sophdoesnails Extra Spice palette in Superdrug but unfortunately my local one didn’t seem to have any in stock! Not to worry, a quick trip to Boots and Sports Direct gave me enough makeup to last me a while.

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Being the Revolution Makeup fan that I am, I have been wanting to try Obsession for quite a while.

I bagged myself a lip kit, whitening foundation mixer and an eyeshadow palette.

I’ve tried the Revolution Lip Kits and I love them so don’t expect this to be much different. It comes with lip liner and liquid lipstick and costs £5. I picked up the shade Hook Up which looks like a pink-y nude shade – I’m still on the hunt for my shade but better and this looks like it could be a good match.

I picked up the foundation mixer as I have a few foundations that are too dark for me and rather than throwing them out, I thought I would give this a go. This costs £8 for 40ml and there was quite a few different kinds – whitener, darkener, peach, champagne and millionairess (?).

My main worry is that it will change the consistency of the foundation so the coverage won’t be as good but I look forward to trying it! Hopefully I will be able to get use out of some of my old foundations again.

Lastly, I picked up the Cool Down Eyeshadow Palette for £5. I feel like my focus lately has been on warm tones lately so I wanted to pick up something that was exclusively cool toned.

There are 3 shimmer shades and 5 matte colours. I like how this could be used exclusively for a natural look by using the browns or you can add a splash of colour with the purples, silver and gold.

Sleek Makeup

I have only had one experience with Sleek Makeup products but I have heard so many good things about them I wanted to pick up a few more items.

I love the packaging for their Matte Me liquid lipsticks and have seen a few reviews for them. I got the shade Shabby Chic which looks like a nude pink but is much brighter when swatched.

If this is good, I can see myself buying the whole range! Luckily at £4.99, its not really breaking the bank!

I bought one of the Eau La La Liners in the shade Red Sky Night in the hope it would match the lipstick but if the liner is truer to the packaging shade I think it might be too light.

Again, this was £4.99 and even if it doesn’t match, I have so many lipsticks, I know I’ll be able to find one that it works with!

Lastly, I got the the I’m Conditioning Mascara for £7.99. This claims to promote strong, long, healthy lashes and helps them to grow. I got it in black (obviously!) and I hope I see a difference in my lashes from regular use.

I will of course give an update on this one once I’ve been wearing it for a few weeks. I might even take some before and after pictures if I remember.

Sport FX

I bought the Balance Boosting BB Cream and Core Cream Concealer in Fair.

Both of these contain SPF 20 which if they work is great since last year I got badly sunburned! These were £12.99 and £8.99, respectively.

The Sport Stamina Mascara was £7.99 and comes in a squeezable tube…this may be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen for a mascara!

The last product I bought was the Shape Up Brow Pencil in Brunette for £7.99. This is going to be interesting since I never use a pencil to do my brows, I only ever use powder so this could go really well or really terribly!

I thought it would be quite fun to put the Sport FX makeup through its paces this weekend while I’m at Tough Mudder. What better way to test a brand that claims to be sweat proof, exercise proof, water proof and long-lasting at a 10 mile trail and obstacle run!

It’s likely by the end of the day, I’ll be so covered in mud that it might not be possible to see if I’m still wearing any base makeup but I expect my brows and eyelashes should show whether the test has been successful or not!

I will do my best to update you next Monday but I may need some extra time to recover! Apologies if that is the case! You can make sure you don’t miss my updates by following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook or by subscribing to my blog.

If you could send some good vibes and luck my way that would be awesome as I’m slightly terrified this year! I think once I’ve recovered I’m going to start training again – I feel as weak as a kitten right now!

Have you tried any of the other products I bought today? Any colours you would recommend for my mythical “perfect lip colour”? What would you most like to see me review? What do you think will happen on Saturday – Will Sport FX do what it claims and make it through the course? Will I? Place your bets now! Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks, as always for reading, I really do appreciate every view, like, comment and follow! It genuinely makes my day!

Claudia xxx

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Revolution Haul part 1

Revolution Haul part 2

Mini Benefit Haul

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box – May Edition

Look Fantastic Beauty Box – May Edition

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Another subscription box? What can I say, I think I’m hooked! I love being able to try products I’ve never even heard of and exploring brands that I wouldn’t go out and buy myself!

An article appeared on my Facebook feed about the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes and I thought I would give this one a go! Not going to lie, I’ll probably try all of them at some point!

The Look Fantastic Beauty Box was £15 with free delivery so this makes it slightly more expensive than the Birchbox I recently tried out. For my money I got 6 premium beauty products said to be worth over £80, a copy of Elle Magazine and an insert that gives you information about the products in the box and some other beauty information.

This arrived really quick but I found it a teeny bit annoying that I didn’t get a dispatch email, you can however track your order on the website.

The packaging is quite nice but unfortunately it’s just not has pretty as the Birchbox, the box is much bigger and you do get shredded paper as padding to keep your products safe.

The magazine is a nice touch, I haven’t bought a women’s magazine in years, flicking through it, I’m reminded why – but that is a rant for another post!

Onto the products…!

Avant – RNA Serum

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This claims to combat signs of ageing and leave skin visibly firmer and healthier. I’m not sure how long you need to be using this to see the results but I haven’t noticed a difference with this product.

It absorbs almost instantly into the skin and it doesn’t really leave my face feeling any different after use. I will keep using this until it runs out but unless I actually see any results I doubt I would ever buy this again.

Scratch that – I would definitely not buy this product, in the box you receive a 5ml bottle. To buy this in full size (30ml) it is £104,00!! For me to consider buying this ever, it would need to do a lot more than reduce the signs of ageing, I’m happy turning into a wrinkly old bat! 🤣

ThisWorks – In Transit Camera Closeup

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I’m almost convinced I tested this product as part of a trial I mentioned in my last post! Same type of tube, exact nice smell, same claims and same feel on my skin. If it is, I’m glad my feedback was taken on board as I really liked it.

This product is a primer, moisturiser and mask all in one and claims to even, plump and brighten your skin. I like this one, it makes my skin feel really moisturised and makes it ready for foundation. I can’t say I really noticed it plumping my skin or anything but I don’t think it is a bad product.

You get 20ml in the tube that comes in the box and the full size bottle is 40ml. This costs £25.50 which I don’t think is too bad but I do think there are cheaper primers out there that perform the same for less as it doesn’t minimise pores or anything like that so not quite sure if I feel like it is worth it.

Skin Republic – Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Sheet Mask

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So my first impressions on this were “Man, this is hard to get on your face!” The way it’s folded in the packet I thought I was going to end up ripping it before I even got it near my face, it’s so hard to unravel and my hands were covered in the bubbles as the ingredients start reacting as soon as it is exposed to air!

So I eventually manage to get it on my face and sat for the recommended 20 minutes. It feels quite weird as you can feel and hear it bubbling away! It also didn’t bubble nearly as much as I was expecting which was a wee bit disappointing!

I took it off and rubbed the remaining liquid into my face. Or I tried to, I literally evaporated in seconds. It made my skin quite tacky, almost like a silicone based primer.

It didn’t sting my skin or anything but I noticed my skin has become quite red and bumpy after using this so I don’t think it’s a good product for me at all. It also made my pores more noticeable but I’m not sure if this is part of the deep cleansing action!

They have quite a few products in their range and it doesn’t look like this one is still available but I think this was around £6.99 maybe (please correct me if I’m wrong!). I don’t think it’s a terrible price but I won’t be popping another in my basket any time soon!

Sleek Makeup – Face Contour Kit Medium

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I’ve been wanting to try Sleek makeup products for quite a while so was excited about this at first. Then I cursed myself for having such pale skin! 😭 This is WAY too dark for me, I don’t even think at my most tanned it would work on me, unfortunately.

The powder itself seems quite nice and I do think it blends well, maybe with a really, really, really light hand this could work for us pale girls but I just find that too much hassle when I have products that suit my pastiness.

The highlighter is also too dark for me and I don’t feel it gave too much of a shimmer. I think this looks like a really natural highlight and isn’t too pigmented so would probably be OK as an everyday highlighter.

I would really like to try the kit in Light as I think that would probably work for me. It is only £6.99 so may pick this up once my current powder runs out and see how it goes from there!

Eyeko – Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

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I’m not great with eyeliner, I admit. I don’t understand the logistics of a perfect wing but it doesn’t stop me from trying at every opportunity!

I really like this eyeliner. Its easy to hold and the tip is a nice size. It’s also MEGA black which I love (except when I make a mistake and have to start over!) and it didn’t seem to run out half way through applying which I’ve noticed most pen liners seem to do.

It’s claims to be waterproof, which I really don’t doubt as it took a lot of cleanser, toner and finally a rub with a makeup wipe to get it all off!

This is £16 which I think is not too bad, maybe sneaking up to the mid to high price range. Eyeliners are really not my expertise but I definitely like using this one. I will keep practising and, who knows, it may be the perfect one for me once I’ve mastered that pesky wing!

Spotlight – Teeth Whitening Strips

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I think this is something that I’m excited and apprehensive to try in equal parts. I don’t like doing anything wild when it comes to my teeth as I’ve got this fear of them all falling out!

I haven’t tried this product yet because of that but I will more than likely give them a go just to say I’ve used them. Worried that it says not to drink tea or coffee for the first few days so you can “see your brightest smile” – I’m a tea-aholic, I can barely go a few hours without a cup let alone a few days!

I’ve heard horror stories about teeth whitening and how it makes your teeth really sensitive. These claim to safely whiten your teeth with minimal tooth sensitivity so if that is true, that’s definitely a bonus. I need to stop being a wuss and just do it!

For £39.95 you get 28 strips. I’m not sure if that is 28 or 14 applications as you get shorter strips for the bottom and longer ones for the top. As I’ve not tried it yet I can’t honestly say if the price is worth it. I feel maybe a trip to the dentist would be cheaper and safer than doing it at home but you wouldn’t catch me rushing to book an appointment either!

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Would I buy this box again? Most definitely. I’ve only got a one off box as there are so many I want to try before I settle on a subscription but I feel like it’s a wide mix of products and great for trying new things and some really good brands in there!

You can use my referral link if you would like to get £5 off your first order. I do get £5 credit too but once you have joined you get your own referral link which you could share!

As always, let me know your opinions on this box and if there’s any boxes you would recommend let me know in the comments below. It doesn’t even need to be a beauty related box, I’ve seen great ones for stationary, fitness and mental health – I think you can get a box for almost everything at this point and I’d love to try them all!!

Claudia xxx

Related:

April Birchbox Review

Makeup Revoloution Haul – Part 2 – Eyes/Lips

Makeup Revoloution Haul – Part 2 – Eyes/Lips

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This is part 2 of my Makeup Revoloution Haul. You can find part 1 here where I covered all my base products.

This was originally supposed to be posted on Wednesday but I’ve been suffering with a migraine so sorry you had to wait! Note to self*must get better a pre-writing my posts*

I got all these products from the Makeup Revolution website. At the time they were doing a deal where if you spend over £15 you got a free 1,000,000 eyeshadow pallette.

The offer isn’t available anymore but they tend to have different offers on every month. Make sure you inspect your basket before you hit buy to see what you could be missing out on!

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I could not get this to photograph well at all! 😢 I think this was my 256th attempt!

This was in celebration of them reaching one million subscribers on Instagram which is a great milestone for a drugstore beauty brand. Good to see they are getting the recognition they deserve!

I dont think this pallette is available to buy on its own so I’m glad I managed to nab this when I did!

Unfortunately my pallette arrived to me in a bit of a battered condition and one of the hinges was broken. Luckily all of the shadows themselves were fine!

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The colours in this pallette aren’t something I would normally choose for myself but as I got them for free, I really can’t complain! It allows me to try out some new colours I normally wouldn’t get my hands on! And who doesn’t love that, right??

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The shadows in this pallette are really pretty and they work well to compliment each other. I think they blend nicely and I didn’t notice any fallout on my cheeks at all, though, there was kickback in the pan and the swatches look quite chalky!

There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades so you can create a full eye look with just this pallette.

It doesn’t take up much room in your handbag and it has a decent sized mirror for touch ups on the go.

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The reason for me placing an order!

I was desperate to try these. I don’t know if it’s because of 90s nostalgia or my love of stationery but I just can’t resist a multipen! 🤷

These are part of the I Heart Revolution makeup range (formerly I💜Makeup) and there are 3 different kinds; Multi Liner, Multi Liner Nudes and Multi Eye Liner Brights.

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      Top: Lip liner. Bottom, from left: Nude, Brown, Black

The Multi Liner has 1 lip liner and 3 eyeliners in Black, Brown and Nude.

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Clockwise from top left: Natural, Nude Brown, Pale Pink and Mauve

The Multi Liner Nudes has 4 nude lip liners in the shades Natural, Mauve, Nude Brown and Pale Pink.

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Clockwise from top left: Silver, Teal, Blue and Purple

The Multi Eye Liner Brights has 4 eye liners in the shades Purple, Teal, Blue and Silver. The Silver and Teal have quite big chunks of glitter in them which I’m not a fan of.

The feel of the liners are lovely, they have a nice creamy texture. As you can see from the swatches they are quite patchy when you apply them but you can build it up so it looks ok.

It takes quite a few clicks to get product to come out of the pen so I’m not really sure how long these would last with regular use.

I love the idea of these but I do find them quite fiddly and I’m slightly disappointed. Using the eye liners I found quite difficult because the pen is quite big so it was hard to see where it was going to be applied to.

I was also worried about having too much product out and that it would break in my eye or leave a blob of it somewhere I didnt want it to be!

All-in-all, I think these are good for a trip if space is limited and you need a few different colours but then I think an eyeliner or lipliner pencil doesn’t really take up much room either!

At £5 each, I don’t think that’s too bad as that makes each colour £1.25 but it feels like it’s quite a gimmicky unnecessary product to add to my makeup collection.

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Lastly I received a double pack of Freedom Makeup London eyeliners. Looking on  the website I don’t see this product anymore, I can only find one of them. I think this is because the Freedom range is being phased out for Revolution Pro.

These came in nude and black. It’s cost me £2 for both of these. They’re quite big pencils so I imagine they will last for a very long time!

I don’t think these are my most favourite pencils but I don’t hate them. The formula is ok, I feel like it could be creamier. I’ve found its quite difficult for the colour to stick to my waterline and I need to go over it quite a few times.

At essentially £1 each I can’t grumble too much but if I could find them again, they definitely wouldn’t be my first choice!

Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely love Makeup Revoloution products and I hate saying anything negative about them but I wasn’t really as big of a fan of the Multi Liners or the Eye Pencils as I thought I would be. I think this is the first time I’ve actually been disappointed by products I’ve got from them!

I guess you can’t win them all! With the amount of products they put out, I’m actually surprised that I’ve not found more products I don’t like! The fact is they can compete with the likes of Urban Decay or Tarte for a fraction of the price with some of their products!

This is the end of my haul, thanks for getting this far! Let me know what you think of this post and if there’s anything you would like me to try leave a comment down below!

Claudia Xxx

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Makeup Revoloution Haul – Part 1 – Base

Makeup Revoloution Haul – Part 1 – Base

This is going to be a review in two parts (like you couldn’t tell from the title!) because otherwise it is going to be stupidly long!

My Benefit review was quite long and I don’t want you getting so bored you only make it half way through! 🤣

I’ve got quite a few new Makeup Revoloution products to talk about as I bought a few things from Superdrug and what they never had in stock, I ordered from the Makeup Revoloution website.

I thought we would split them up into Base and Eyes/Lips. If these posts prove to be popular I may do a series focused solely on Makeup Revoloution products. Let me know in the comments if that’s something you would be interested in!

Without further ado…

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I spoke about the Conceal and Define concealer in my April Favourites so I’m not going to go into this in much detail.

I love this 💜. It doesn’t crease, it applies and blends nicely and doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin even though it is full coverage. Ive found it looks good all day (minimal creasing) and doesn’t feel drying on the skin. Also, any smudging of your mascara can be wiped away fairly easily without disturbing the product too much.

I got this in the shade C1 and it’s perfect for my skin tone – almost blue like a white walker 🤣 – it’s described as being for fair skin tones with a neutral undertone. The shade range is massive and I know of people using darker colours to contour as well but I’ve not tried it myself.

At only £4 for 4g, I think this is a bargain for what it can do!

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Who hasn’t heard of the Fast Base Stick Foundation? It has been everywhere on social media! Of course, I had to try it too!

Shade F1 for me. I’ve never tried a stick foundation before so I was quite apprehensive. There was nothing to worry about though.

It is such a creamy formula and it blends great; however it takes a little more effort to blend than liquid foundations. It provides medium to full coverage and lasts all day once set. It does have a very dewy finish so I needed to use a fair bit of setting powder to mattify it to my liking.

It is so easy to apply, literally seconds, so great for when you’re short on time.

This was only £5 but I’m not quite sure how much product you get for that. It does seem like it will last quite a while as a little goes a long way.

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I thought I would try the new Revolution Pro Range. From what I can tell, the products are slightly more expensive than their “basic range” but they are not expensive for the quality of the products when compared to other brands.

The Correcting Primer works well to minimise redness. It feels quite thick for a primer so I would only use it for areas that needed the colour correcting (sometimes this is my whole face!) And would use another primer for the rest of my face.

It isn’t noticeable under your foundation and doesn’t make it go cakey. On the other hand, I don’t necessarily think it makes your foundation last like other types of primers do.

This comes in 3 shades: green, peach and cool pink. I have only tried the green one and to be honest I’ve never really known the purpose of the rest of the colours used for colour correcting.

It costs £7 for 25ml and it will last for a long time as it’s only really for spot applications so I think it’s worth the money if it’s needed but you could just use a normal primer under your foundation instead.

I found the Full Cover Camouflage Concealer was a much thicker consistency than the Conceal and Define. It still blended out nicely, though it felt heavier on my skin.

Again, I got this in the shade C1 and it matched me well; however, I don’t feel like it was completely full coverage like what I was expecting but it did brighten my under eye effectively.

I found it creased slightly more through the day and it oxidised a bit as it dried down.

This is £5 for 8.5ml which I consider cheap for a drugstore product especially when it can compete with higher-end products.

I think I’m more likely to stock up on the Conceal and Define than this one just because of the consistency of it didn’t feel as nice for me.

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I also picked up the Full Cover Camouflage Foundation, again in the lightest shade – F1. I was really dubious about this at first. I tried it on the back of my hand and it dried down really pink. Checked the website and it’s definitely for neutral undertone!

Luckily when I applied it to my face it was fine – no pink face for me! This is quite a thick foundation. Again, like the concealer, it’s not as full coverage as I thought it would be but it is buildable to full coverage.

It feels quite thick but it blends well and lasts all day. I noticed that’s it’s quite dry so I need to use a good primer and moisturise well so it still looks good.

At £7 for 25ml, this won’t break the bank. I like this foundation but as it’s quite heavy I will probably keep this as stage makeup rather than for everyday wear.

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The last product I bought was Crème Highlight and Contour Kit in the shade light. It has two sticks one for contour and the other for highlight. Each stick is double-ended and has a warm and a cool shade.

This also comes with a double-ended tool for blending the product. It has a blending sponge on one end and a brush on the other.

I’ve never used the tool because I keep forgetting I have it, I also like to keep things the same as much as I can for testing new products so I give them a fair chance.

Cream contour was another thing I hadn’t tried until I used this. I really like this product and think I’m a complete convert from powder contour!

I only use a light hand with this but it is possible to build this up to provide a darker contour. It blends quite well and doesn’t look cakey or muddy on my skin.

As I set my face with a translucent powder most of the time, I don’t feel like I get the best from the highlight. It applies nicely and blends well like the contour stick but as soon as you try to set your face it sticks to the place the highlight is and looks quite cakey. I feel like if I didn’t need to set my face this would be a perfect subtle highlight.

Because of my paleness, I tend to use the cooler shades of both the contour and the highlight. The warmer ones just don’t look quite right on me which is a shame as they are very pretty.

This is £15, I think I picked it up in one of the Superdrug promotions where they do 3 for 2 so I got it for a bit cheaper than that. I’m not sure I would buy it again at full price, only because I will only use half of the product.

I would love it if they made a cool tone double-ended stick so I could buy it separately! If they do already, let me know as I’ve never seen it!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this one, let me know if you did! Part two will be coming up shortly!

Claudia xxx

 

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Mini Benefit Haul

Mini Benefit Haul

So I’ve been wanting to try Benefit cosmetics for the longest time but I really couldn’t justify spending the amount of money on one product when I could kit myself out with a whole face of Makeup Revolution stuff for the same price; however, on my trip to Boots the other week I managed to pick up a few of the Benefit minis.

So you might say this is a Mini Mini Benefit Haul! 🤣 I couldn’t resist, sorry!

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They were selling 3 products for £25 and you got a free, albeit kinda cheap looking, makeup bag with it. So I picked up Porefessional Face Primer Balm, They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner and Badgal Bang! Volumising Mascara.

Another reason I liked this deal was since I hadn’t tried any of their products before, I didn’t know what I would actually like and spending £27.50 (😲) on a primer is incredibly steep if I don’t like the product.

I tried the products over a couple of days to give them a fair chance and kept the rest of my makeup the same so as not to upset the balance too much.

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The Porefessional Face Primer is the thing every one raves about on social media which I think is why I’ve been wanting to try it for so long!

On the Benefit website it’s says “Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. The translucent formula contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals”

I have MASSIVE pores over my nose and it gets quite oily but my skin on my forehead is drier than the Sahara so I only used it on my nose.

When I first put it on to my hand I was a bit worried. It looks like a foundation/concealer and since I’m so pale I’m blue, I thought it would be too dark for me, luckily when it rubbed in it’s translucent!

It feels quite silky and absorbs really nicely. It definitely does what it says and my pores immediately looked smaller! If I was feeling brave I could probably wear this without foundation over the top of it but my skin is too red and spotty for that!

Through the day, I noticed my nose wasn’t as oily and the transfer of foundation where my glasses sit was definitely minimised!

I really like this primer, I’m not sure I would spend the full price for it but I think because I use it on such a small area it would last for quite a while so I could maybe justify the expense that way. I may just ask for it for my Christmas! 🎄

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I’ve never really seen the They’re Real Eye Liner talked about but I love a good eyeliner so thought I would give it a shot. Looking at the website and apparently this has won some awards too.

The website claims “This matte black gel formula is waterproof and won’t smudge, budge or dry out for 24 hours*. The innovative soft AccuFlexTM Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner…the closer the line, the bigger the eye!”

Looks like I’m on to another winner?

Nope, not even a little bit! To start you have to pop out a little plastic bit and then twist it to make the eyeliner come out. I was twisting for ages and nothing was happening…all of a sudden it was like a fountain of black gel oozing out the top!

I cleaned the excess off and tried to apply it to my eye but it was hard to apply, it kept breaking off in chunks which fell onto my eyelashes. It didn’t seem very black either.

One thing, it didn’t budge! I tried to fix what I could but it wasn’t for moving so I went over it with a liquid eyeliner to darken it up and pulled the lumps out of my eyelashes with a spare mascara wand.

This retails at £20 for a full sized product. I don’t think it is worth the money in the slightest. I’m not sure if it was my technique or if I got a bad one but it has really put me off. I’d love to know what others have thought of it to find out!

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The BADgal BANG! Volumising Mascara is a36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!”

Bold claims! I love the design of the packaging for this one, it looks so sleek! I was quite worried about using a wand that was so short but it’s easier to hold than I thought it would be.

It’s a very, very wet mascara and I had to make sure not to blink or look down to stop it from smudging – top tip: DON’T SNEEZE – it makes an unrecoverable mess of your look!

It is VERY black! I think it is one of the blackest mascaras I have ever worn and it’s the only colour I buy! The brush is a nice brush and it made it easy to reach my lashes without transfering product to my eyelid.

Throughout the day it did start to transfer to underneath my lower lashline but it was easily wiped away without smudging too badly.

This is £21.50. I don’t know if I would pay full price for this when there are so many cheaper mascaras on the market that do the job just as well. I think this another one for the Christmas list!!

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Overall, I liked the mascara and loved the primer but the price is a bit much for me to pay on a regular basis, thankfully I do treat myself every once in a while 😉 I wouldn’t buy the eyeliner again just because of my experience with it but would love to know if I bought a dud one!

I would love to hear what you think about these products. Is there a budget primer that does the job quite as well as Porefessional??

I included the links for the products on the Benefit website through the article but as I said, I bought them in Boots and they were the same price.

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Claudia xxx

April Birchbox Review

April Birchbox Review

The only subscription box I have ever tried was Pop in the Box…until now! Read on to find out my thoughts!

Birchbox kept appearing in my Facebook feed. There was an offer of 2 for 1 at the end of April so I thought I would give it a go.

It took about a week for delivery and they came in loads of packaging – I know it’s to protect the products but seemed a bit overkill – it was a LOT of recycling!

The boxes themselves are beautiful. I’ve already found another use for them on my desk!

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April’s box is the Cath Kidson box, celebrating her 25th birthday – going to be honest, dont actually know who that is! 😳 my friend Google has brought up a few fashion websites so I’m assuming that is her niche. I think the boxes are named because the person designed/inspired the box and not because they picked the products – please correct me if I’m wrong!

So inside we have 5 products and a wee card that lets you know what everything does. It also gives you the RRP of each item. The RRP is a little misleading as it is the price for the full size products and some of these are sample sizes.

First up we have the Model Co Baked Highlighter, RRP £24 – this is tiny! Not even sure my highlighter brush will actually fit in the pan. I got it in the shade Moonshine and it claims a “lit from within” glow. It’s a very, very, very subtle highlight, so subtle I can’t even tell I’m wearing it at all!

Next we have Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brown Gel, RRP £8.60 – so with this I can “show unruly brow hairs who’s boss with this easy to use formula”. I can’t, I really can’t! I’m not sure if it is the wand or if it’s just me but I couldn’t make this look right at all. The consistency was nice but feel it would be so much easier using this from a pot rather than a tube.

Then there is Cath Kidson Hand Cream, RRP £2.50 – this is the cheapest product of the box here. It feels nice and doesn’t leave your hands greasy but I’m not a fan of the really floral smell which lingers for ages! If you like that sort of thing it would be perfect for you!

We also have Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, RRP £14.50 – this claims to remove makeup with ease, diminish dark circles and de-puffs your eyes at the same time. It feels really nice on the skin and it removes makeup really well; however, it stings, A LOT, if it gets into your eye which is not the best for a product which of for that area.

Finally there is the Afterspa Magic Makeup Remover Cloth, RRP £8.95 – this is the product I was most excited to try as it claims to remove all types of makeup with just water and the cloth, just pop it in the washing machine first and your good to go. Unfortunately, I’ve not had a chance to try it yet because I keep forgetting to stick it in the machine but I’ve heard so many good reviews about this.

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The free box is a Matthew Williamson box – another fashion designer – and it is stunning. From the insert, this was the box for December 2017.

We have a Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm In Pixi Pink, RRP £8 – this is a full size product. The pink and green packaging is really cute and it looks like it will last for quite a long time. I can’t really tell what the colour looks like as it’s quite subtle on me but it does feel really nice and hydrating on my lips.

We have Dr PawPaw Original Clear Balm, RRP £6.95 – this claims to have natural healing qualities and is made from a papaya plant. It can be used for anything – lips, hair, cuticles. It is quite thick but it is absorbed really easily and it has no smell at all.

Then there is Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo, RRP £13.95 – this is to be used once or twice a month to “sweep away product build-up and purify your scalp”. I have really fine hair and I only needed a tiny, tiny amount. It doesn’t smell very strongly and it left my hair feeling really soft but very lank – more so than usual anyway! I feel like this would benefit someone with thicker hair more than it has done for me.

Next there is Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, RRP £20 – this contains lemon, cucumber and witch hazel to “soften and smooth tired under eyes”. I love this, I’m not sure if it does what it says it is going to but it makes me feel a lot more awake and the skin round my eyes feels tighter after its applied.

Finally, the Spectrum Collections B04 Angled Blender Brush, RRP £4.99 – this is my favourite product of the lot. I now use it every day to do my eyeshadow. It’s lovely and soft and blends shadows really well.

So I enjoyed getting my Birchbox, I find it’s a really good way to find new products – I had only heard of 2 of these brands before they landed at my door.

Did I like everything? Nope, not at all but I don’t think that has necessarily put me off either. For £12.95, I think I got a good deal and I will most likely buy one again or try other subscription boxes to see what they are like.

You can subscribe to Birchbox here!!

I think some of the products I don’t get on with or I won’t use, I may pop into a giveaway with some other goodies once I reach a follower milestone.

Wow! What a long post, congrats if you made it this far! 🎉 As always please like, comment, share of follow if you are enjoying this and let me know what subscription boxes you would suggest I try next!

Claudia xxx

My Weekend + Beauty Haul

My Weekend + Beauty Haul

This weekend was a bit of a mixed bag – we did some adulting to make the garden look nice, it was a mad rush to get J’s sister a birthday present and I was looking after my friend’s cat while she was away in Canada.

So let’s start with the garden – bear in mind, we moved in last June and have pretty much left everything as it was when we bought it.

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The sheds looked really washed out and hadn’t been painted for a fair few years. We picked up some really cheap shed paint in Asda last week so thought we would give it a go! Man, is it purple!! I love it! 💜

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We were looking after Samson the 🐈. He’s a cutie and flops on his back to get his belly rubbed. He’s obviously not as cute as my own two but I would steal him in heartbeat!

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Finally to the good stuff! In the search for J’s sisters present, I ended up treating myself too 😂. I’m making her a hamper of goodies so had a wander around Boots and found some really nice things for both of us. I have been wanting to try th Benefit Porefessional for so long but couldn’t justify it when I didn’t know if I would like it. I got the 3 Benefit minis for £25 and got the bag free!

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen I got some beautiful LaRoc Cosmetic palletes delivered this weekend.

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I also had my gel nail kit delivered so I need to have a play around with both of these so I can share my thoughts.

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First impressions for both are positive. I bought the palletes from eBay but you can get them on Amazon although they are more expensive. The nail stuff is from Amazon. I’ve popped some links below.

LaRoc nudes

LaRoc brights

Belen Gel Nail Kit

Not to mention I’m still waiting on my Birchbox, a delivery from Revolution Makeup (multiliners anyone??), EMP and that black head paste everyone is going on about!

Please give me a like/follow if your enjoying my content and let me know in the comments what you would be most interested in seeing a review of first!

Claudia xxx

P.S. if anyone is wondering what the hamper looked like…

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