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Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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Summer Beauty Favourites

As soon as the weather warms up and summer is knocking at the door I cannot wait to change my makeup routine and start wearing lighter, glowy makeup looks. Holidays, BBQs and days out mean I bring out some old favourites and invest in a few new products. I’ve not done an actual makeup routine for ages so I thought I’d let you delve into my makeup bag containing some of the beauty bits I’m using on a daily basis.

I won’t waffle on too much as there are quite a few products to get through.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Base

First up is Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer, I’ve only recently picked this up but it’s already proven it’s worth every penny. I originally bought it to wear alone while on holiday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It gives my complexion a natural glow either under foundation or on it’s own if I’m having a good skin day. Plus the SPF 15 will protect your skin from sun damage, always a bonus.

Continuing with the glowy look, my current favourite foundation has to be Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. which I love because it’s buildable. I keep it to a light coverage during the day for a natural look and make it slightly heavier for a night out. This is my go to foundation as it’s not drying on my skin and after getting colour matched it just makes me look super flawless.

I’ve mentioned Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer so many times before but this really is one of those products I’d cry if I ever ran out and didn’t have another tube. It’s the perfect shade and it’s not too heavy on the skin but still gives a nice natural coverage for both under the eyes and blemishes. On a good skin day I’ve just been wearing this with the Wonder Glow Primer for a quick five minute, natural base.

If like me you find there are days when even with the best will in world there’s that one area of skin that needs a little helping hand. I’ve been using Technic Corrector Stix, these three shades work wonders when I’ve had  few late nights and my skin has patches of redness and is looking a bit tired.

I’m not one for caking a load of powder over the top of my foundation but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting of Makeup Forever Ultra HD Finishing Powder. I then take my large fluffy brush and using whatever is left on there to gently sweep over the rest of my base  My skin still looks lovely and dewy.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Cheeks

I have so many cheek products that are this summer’s beauty favourites. It’s hard to decide which ones to mention, even though my look varies slightly from day to day, I still love a glowy, dewy look and these five tick all the boxes for me.

I don’t tend to contour much during the summer, I usually take a small fluffy brush and add a little of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. Then using a large fluffy brush I’ll dust the same bronzer all over my face to give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense glow then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which is absolutely gorgeous.

My two all time favourite blushers are Nars in the shade Orgasm and Milani Powder Blush in the shade Blossomtime Rose. They are both pinky golden tones, which really warm up the skin.

The final step to my base is a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, for an extra touch of shimmer, another product I simply cannot live without.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Eyes

There are only two eyeshadow palettes which I’ll be reaching for during the height of summer Last summer’s Naked Heat Palette has to make an appearance again this year, I mean the shades are simply stunning and extremely versatile, you can create so many fun, colourful looks for day or night with this palette. I tend to swap and change which shades I use, they all scream summer but my favourites are Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego. If I’m running short on time then I’ll swipe one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos over the whole of my eye lid using a blending brush. They are brilliant on a hot day and the staying power of these beauties is absolutely incredible in sweltering temperatures.

The second eyeshadow palette I’m totally in love with is Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess. Admittedly I’ve only had this a few weeks but it’s already been used quite a few times and came in my travel bag for a mini break last month. There may only be 4 shades but believe me with these golden bronze colours you can create so many natural, smokey day to night looks. The powder formula is incredibly creamy and long lasting, each shade is highly pigmented and blends beautifully.

I don’t wear eyeliner during the day, if I’m going out in the evening I’ve been wearing a thin line of Flawless Eyeliner* by Flawless Lashes By Loreta close to my upper lash line to add definition. It’s completely budge proof and stays put even in hot weather.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, which coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Lips

Oh have I discovered three gorgeous lip products this year. I’m already a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks and I’ve recently picked up the shade Very Victoria, a beautiful browny nude, which is the perfect colour for every day.

I’ve totally fallen in love with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the shade Petal. It’s a really pretty, natural pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them and making them look fuller and plumper.

My final lip product for the summer is Dior Lip Glow in the shade 001, a soft pinky tint. I’ve been wearing it alone for a natural look or to prime my lips before applying a matte lip colour. Both the Fresh Lip Tint and Dior Lip Glow leave my lips feeling incredibly soft.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look into my makeup bag and seeing what products I’m using on a daily basis this summer. Most of these came to Norfolk with me, to be honest I hardly wore any makeup at all during the day.

What makeup do you take on your travels?

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Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 was one of the very first brands I bought when I first started wearing makeup in my teens, and I’ve been using their products ever since. Over time I must have spent hours asking the assistants questions about new launches and sitting on the stool in the middle of the store having my makeup done, they were always really helpful and you can guarantee I’d come away with at least one new product. I spent most of my Saturday afternoons in my local store I may as well have worked there! While most of my friends were treating themselves to Maybellene or Rimmel, I was in love with Boots No7.

Boots No7 is sometimes seen as a brand for a mature woman, but honestly, you’ll see teenage girls to women in their 80s buying their products. I think it feels like a bit of luxury without having that high end price tag, plus their range is suitable for anyone even those with sensitive skin.

As far as foundations go I must have tried them all and it became even easier to get the right shade when Boots brought out their Colour Match Service, which is an instore consultation for around 20 minutes to find the perfect colour and finish for your base, blusher and lips.

So when I saw Boots No7 had launched a new foundation I knew I had to get my hands on one and give it a try. I’d always loved the other ones I’d used and hoped this would live up to my expectations.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Boots No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation has been designed to achieve a fast flawless finish that’s easy to apply when you’re in a hurry or on the go. I’ve used cushion style foundations before which have left my base looking a bit dry and patchy, not one of them compares to how good this one is. Using a sponge applicator makes it easy to apply and it instantly covered any imperfections. The foundation’s lightweight, buildable coverage blends in seamlessly and left me with a beautiful radiant looking complexion that lasted all day. It dries to a soft powder making it easy to blend my bronzer over the top, I didn’t need to use a separate concealer or setting powder and it didn’t accentuate any of my problem areas such as dry patches or fine lines under my eyes. The creamy formula is infused with purified water to give a cooling effect making your skin feel refreshed and moisturised, it’s so comfortable to wear that I’d forgotten I had any foundation on. It also contains SPF 15 which helps protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun

The cushion foundation comes in 8 different shades, so not a great choice, I’m shade Warm Ivory which is a perfect match for me. It costs £17.50 for 12ml, I very often buy Boots No7 when they have their 3 for 2 offers so it brings the price down a little. The handy size compact makes it easy for travelling, although the mirror’s not that great.

How To Use:

  • Gently press the applicator sponge down onto the mesh to release the foundation
  • Apply the foundation to your skin using the applicator in a patting motion until you have the amount of coverage you want.

I personally preferred to use my own beauty sponge as the one included didn’t have a strap on the back for your fingers and I found it very difficult to hold.

Boots No7 Bronzing Pearls

The look I’m going for is a healthy holiday glow, so I’m skipping contour and blusher, instead I’m using No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls. The pots contains 3 different shades of pearls which are highly pigmented. I use a small amount by swirling a medium sized makeup brush across the pearls and applying the bronzer where I’d naturally catch the sun. Even if I haven’t been abroad for two whole weeks, this shade certainly helps give the impression that I have!

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

Overall I really love the Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, I love the feel of it on my skin and the radiant look of my complexion. It’s quick and easy to use for a beautiful flawless base, and the super handy compact means it’ll definitely be coming with me in my travel bag.

Boots No7 Cushion Foundation

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos of me wearing  Boots No7 Cushion Foundation but I was so pleased with the result that I was more excited about taking a photo rather than tidying up the mess my room first!

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GOSH Lip OIls

I have loved GOSH for quite a while now and their cosmetics have become some of my absolute favourites in my makeup bag. I originally featured them in a What’s In My Summer Makeup Bag post last year, then had so much fun trying out new launches from their Autumn Winter 2017 range. Now I’ve recently discovered one of GOSH’s new lip products for Spring Summer 2018.

I’ve never used lip oils before but kept seeing them everywhere on Instagram. I was so excited when I came across these beauties in my local Superdrug store, I picked up two shades, Flower Essence and Raspberry. both are absolutely gorgeous. I love anything that keeps my lips soft and moisturised and wasn’t disappointed as these lip oils are incredibly nourishing.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I have always preferred glossy lip products as my lips do tend to dry out and these are perfect for a glowy summer makeup look or wearing over the top of a lipstick. I have totally fallen in love with these lip oils, I’ve literally been wearing Flower Essence everyday for the past week. Those days when I’ve not worn much makeup, just concealer, mascara and a lip colour, well I’ve been reaching for one of these lip oils instead. They’re so easy to apply using the sponge applicator and simply glide over your lips. Each one is an absolute bargain at only £7.49.

These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips super soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one.

GOSH Lip Oil in Flower Essence (006) is a beautiful pearly pink shade and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry is more of a clear gloss, even though it looks a bright pink in the tube. I’ve been applying this one over the top of lipsticks to make them look super glossy.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry

I haven’t used anything like these lip oils before, I was actually quite surprised by how much I loved them. They’re really lightweight, comfortable to wear and not sticky in the slightest. I think I need to pick up a few more, just in case I run out. If you are ready for Summer and something that adds just a hint of colour, then you need one or two of these lip oils in your life.

GOSH have a number of new products in their Spring Summer range, including a brightly coloured eyeliner, mascara and a creamy foundation compact. You can find GOSH in Superdrug stores or online.

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Testing Makeup Revolution

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will know that Makeup revolution is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I recently went into Superdrug for one particular product and came out with a few extra items. I thought I’d show you what I bought and how I got on testing them out. I was especially excited to get started on all the products because at first glance they all looked incredible. I think Makeup Revolution is an amazing brand and you’ll always find a lot of high end dupes.

Concealer

The product I’d gone into buy was the Conceal and Define, which I’d been so desperate to try. Sadly this was one of two items from this haul that I didn’t get on with. It’s meant to be a dupe for Tarte Shape and Tape and I love, love the packaging and the large applicator. I found it to be quite drying on my skin, which is a shame because everyone was saying how great it was. I won’t go on about it too much here, but if you’d like to find out more, head over to my full review.

Lips

I picked up two lip products, both very different, The first one I was drawn to because of the pretty rose gold bullet shape packaging, no surprise there then. I chose the shade Chauffeur, a browny nude shade (playing it safe here!). It’s got quite a sheen to it and I love that it’s a bit more moisturising, perfect for dry lips. The colour is absolutely stunning, it’s one I’d wear for an every day look, although it’s a glossy shade it’s still really pigmented. it doesn’t last as long as some I’ve got but I’d definitely buy this lipstick again.

I also picked up one of the Matte Lip Kits that contains a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. I bought the shade Echelon, a beautiful dark brown nude which I absolutely love. It applies really nice and dries quick quickly into a matte finish. It feels super comfortable to wear and lasts pretty well. It’s super affordable for a great lip kit. The liner has the creamy consistancy which I prefer as it doesn’t drag over my skin, but it’s long lasting and stays on for ages.

Blusher

I absoultely adore the Sugar and Spice Ultra Blush palette and have been using it for so long, I thought I’d try one of their single blushers this time. I chose the Vivid Baked Blusher in the shade All I Think About Is You, a pinky nude shade, which is just the perfect colour for for a simple natural look. It’s just as pigmented as the palette, I only needed to gently dab my brush to pick up any colour and it blends in beautifully. I honestly can’t believe this only costs £2.50!

Eyebrows

I’m not great at doing my eyebrows and most of the time I use an eyeshadow to fill them in. I was interested to try Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade and found that I really loved it. I got mine in the shade Blonde but there are a number of different shades. It has a beautiful creamy consistency that’s easy to work with but not too creamy that it slides everywhere. It’s just a really lovely texture to thicken your brows and create the arch. It does come with a tiny applicator but I preferred to use a Spectrum A17 brush to apply it with. The Brow Pomade is really affordable, so if your like me and not great at doing brows, then this is a brilliant product to get you started.

Eyeshadow

I already love their eyeshadow palettes, they have such a range to choose from and they all look incredible. I chose the Reloaded Newtrals 2 palette which has 15 warm brown toned eyeshadows, varying from orangy, pinky, red shades, to burgundy and neutral brown shades, it’s just such a gorgeous palette. The quality of Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes are amazing considering they are a budget beauty brand and this one is an absolute bargain at only £4! As with all their other eyeshadow palettes, the colours are really pigmented and I didn’t have any fall out, the shades blend in beautifully. I’ve been trying different looks using the metallic burgundy shade (bottom left) which is so stunning, it’s almost foil like.

Testing Makeup Revolution

Highlighters

What on earth made me choose 3 different highlighters from Makeup Revolution I don’t know, but at these prices I’m not breaking the bank. The first one I tried is the Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, so I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

I then tried the Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter and all I can say is wow. It’s a gorgeous shade that will look amazing when I have more of a tan in the summer. It’s just as pigmented as the Sun Kiss highlighter and lasts pretty well.

I was super excited to try the Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Eyeliner

Last of all I thought I’d give the Double Flick Liquid Liner a try in the hope that I’d be able to master the perfect winged liner first time. Sadly not, and I don’t mean just because I’m rubbish at doing them. The double ended felt tip pen has one thick nib and a thinner one at the other end, I love the shape of both brushes and the design of the pen was easy to hold. Unfortunately I found the liquid liner itself wasn’t as good as other drugstore brands I’ve used. It was very patchy and didn’t apply very well. It was quite a sticky texture that really didn’t feel comfortable to wear.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m super happy with most of the items I bought from Makeup Revolution, if there’s one product I’d recommend from this haul then it would have to be the Sun Kiss Highlighter, closely followed by the eyeshadow palette, they are both absolutely gorgeous. I’m also pretty chuffed with the Love Conquers All palette, at the time it was free because I’d spent over £12, it includes 6 eyeshadows and a stunning heart shaped highlighter (like I need another one!). It’s just a shame about the concealer and the eyeliner, but I did pick up a lot of other amazing items and I’ll definitely be reaching for them again.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favourite drugstore brand?

 

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