Huge Colourpop Haul!

Hi my lovelies,

So you may have seen the news that Colourpop started shipping worldwide recently, and to me that meant I could finally put in an order from a brand that I’ve been lusting after for ages now! My order finally arrived, and so here are all the lovely goodies that I ordered! I decided to try out a bit of everything, so grab a cuppa, because this haul is massive! Also, how cute is this little handwritten thank you they sent in the box???

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So what did I order?

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Review: Sleek Power Plump Lip Pencils!

Hi my lovelies,

So as you’re probably aware of by now, I am ridiculously obsessed with Sleek Makeup’s Solstice Highlighter palette! Lately I’ve been giving this brand a bit more of a try and picked up some of their new Power Plump Lip Pencils from Boots to test out, and that’s what this post is all about!

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Product: Tingly lipstick pencils that plump up your lips to make them look fuller for that Kylie Jenner look. These come in six shades and I picked up three from Boots!

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Review: New Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks – Mannequin and Rose Matter!

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I finally bought my very first Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks! (yay!). I’ve heard for ages that these are SO good and the formula is great, lasting power is great, they’re comfortable to wear etc, and I have been waiting for the perfect moment to finally get my hands on some. These sell out super super quickly, and there’s only one main stockist here in the UK (Go look up Cocktail Cosmetics if you want to get your hands on some when they restock), so it’s really difficult to actually get the chance to buy some before they are all gone!

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When I saw the announcement from CC that they were getting these two new shades in stock , I impatiently kept the website open in my browser at work (there was a lot of refreshing involved), and bought these two gorgeous shades straight away (along with a few Morphe brushes because I couldn’t help myself).

Onto the review!

The Shades:

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Review: L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation!

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So today’s post is going to be all about the new foundation craze – cushion foundations! This trend started in Korea, and huge brands such as Lancome have released their own versions of this format of foundation, but L’Oreal is the first more affordable drugstore brand to bring out their own, and I knew I had to try it! I’ve had this one for a couple of weeks and given it a really good test, so here’s what I think!

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For those of you in the US, this (weirdly) has a different name over there; you’ll know this as the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. Not sure why it’s called something different, but there we go! It’s also been out in the states for ages  – why do we always get things last?!

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Mini Clinique Haul and Free Summer Gift!

Hi my lovelies,

You probably all know by now that Clinique is my absolute fave beauty brand, so I thought I’d share with you all today a couple of things I bought from my local Clinique counter a couple of days ago, and talk about their free summer gift (because who doesn’t like free things!).

I nipped into town to do a little shopping and head into Debenhams for a much needed Clinique purchase as I’m almost completely out of my holy grail eye makeup remover – their Take The Day Off for Lids, Lashes and Lips! I trust this more than anything else to budge the unbudgeable waterproof mascara that comes out in summer for me!

What I bought:

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Beauty 101 – Concealer!

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Today’s post is hopefully part one of a new segment for this blog, where I’ll talk about tips and tricks and how to get the best from your products! I’ve been thinking about this for a while but didn’t know where to start, but after speaking with my friend from Into the Gloss I realised that Concealer is something that people either have spot on or have no clue what to do! So this post is all about concealer and what to do with it! (P.S. What do you guys think of the name Beauty 101?)

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Now I’ll admit that I used to think that concealer was just something you used to hide spots on your face but as I’ve got older and more informed (and better with make-up) I now know that concealer is so versatile and has so many uses!

 What’s the best type of concealer for you?

Different skin types and concerns will need different types of concealer,so which is best for you?

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Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette and Lipsticks – First Impressions and Swatches!

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Today is the day I have waited for ever since its announcement: The new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette is mine! I was buzzing with excitement the night before this went on sale, and ordered it along with two of the lipsticks as soon as it was released! As you all may know, Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite things ever in the entire world, so I knew this had to be mine!

This post is going to be my first impressions and thoughts on the palette and lipsticks, and swatches of all of the shades!

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The packaging is kaleidoscope inspired and super colourful which given the wacky and wonderful setting of the movie, I think it fits really well. There’s also a big theme of butterflies in this palette, as the caterpillar and metamorphosis is a big theme through the book and I hope the movie too!

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Mini Makeup Haul! Ft Makeup Revolution, Sleek and Maybelline!

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So this post is going to be all about the mini Superdrug haul I did online last week! I think every UK beauty blogger took advantage of Superdrug’s 3 for 2 across all their makeup in April, as it’s such a fantastic deal! If you missed out, don’t fret as Superdrug often has some pretty great offers online and in store!

Onto the haul!

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Makeup Revolution

A brand I’ve heard loads of good things about is Makeup Revolution. I have super sensitive skin and eyes, and usually avoid cheaper eyeshadow palettes, as they can sometimes cause a reaction in my skin. However, I’ve heard SUCH great reviews of this brand that I knew I had to try them out! After a good google search and some Youtube watching (thank you, Tati!) I decided on the Affirmation Palette and the Mermaids Forever Palette. After seeing the range of shades and the pigment when swatched, I decided I needed the two of these in my life! These are just £8 each so such a bargain!

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9 Perfectly Pink Lip Colours for Spring!

Hi my lovelies,

So I’m back again with another post, and this time it’s all about the prettiest, pinkest lip colours for spring. I took an important accounting exam today, so the stress is over and I can just sit down and blog without the revision worry! Let’s get right in there and have a look at the lipsticks (and glosses) I think are perfect for spring! Whether you want a matte, satin or glossy finish, there’s something in here for you!

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Swatches of all these are at the end of the post!

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Review: Clinique Chubby Stick Highlight! Get that glow!

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So I promised when I bought this highlighter (around 4 weeks ago now, oops!) that I’d definitely do a review of it, so here we are! I bought one of the Clinique Chubby Stick highlighters when I was last in Manchester (see my Manchester haul here!), and I’ve now had the opportunity to fully test it out, so here are the results!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that I’m a huuuuge fan of Clinique as a brand, both their skincare and makeup is generally really good, so I was pretty excited to try this! Getting that fresh faced, luminous glow is really in right now, and while I normally go for a powder highlighter, I needed to see what Clinique had to offer me and the sales girl said I should try this!
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Clinique’s Chubby Stick highlight is a cream based, pink toned highlighter stick. There’s only one shade at the moment, which is 01 Hefty Highlight, so hopefully they’ll bring out more. The packaging looks like Clinique’s other lip, eye and cheek chubby sticks, with silver accents and the colour of the product on the main part of the stick, which I really like. It means if you have multiple colours of the same item, they’re easy to separate!

Ease of use

In my opinion, it’s super easy to use as it’s in a flat (ish) ended stick form, you can literally just draw it on where you want the highlight, and then blend out as much as you want to. I like the fact that the product twists up from the bottom too, like Clinique’s other chubby stick products.

Blendability and Texture

I absolutely adore the way this blends out on my skin. You can put just a little on and it blends out so well, as it’s a cream highlighter, to get as much or as little glow as you want to have! Depending on how much product you apply, and how much you blend it out, you can get anything from a really gentle satin glow, to full on glowing goddess shimmer, which you might not be able to do with a powder highlighter. The texture is really creamy when applying, but be careful not to apply too much product, as it can feel a little chalky later on in the day if you have a lot on.

Colour/Glow payoff

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This highlighter is really pretty and pink toned, which works really well for me, as I’m quite pale. When applied, it looks pretty and natural with the tiniest bit of glitter that really catches the light. I’m a bit disappointed with Clinique for only releasing one highlight colour and one contour colour, as they obviously aren’t going to suit all skin tones. That being said, if you do have a darker skin tone, you can blend this down into a really iridescent shimmer, with more of a natural glow than a pinky colour. For me though, it suits pretty well. I’m really happy with the buildability of this, as you can be really subtle or go all out with as much or as little product as you like.

Longevity

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These are a cream formula, so they’re built to last. My normal face makeup routine is Primer (if i can be bothered and/or have time) Foundation, Concealer, Setting Powder (if i’m out all day) blush and then i’ll highlight. I’m a little pale and my face is a tad round for contour, so I only do that on a special occasion. If I use my primer and setting powder, this lasts absolutely ages! I can go out in the morning, do a full day of work, and come home and still have that radiant glow from this highlighter! Using primer and some sort of setting agent helps a lot with longevity, but I tried this with just foundation and it still lasted a long time. Also, being a cream highlighter, there won’t be any fallout that you can sometimes get with powder formulations.

Value for money

The Chubby Stick highlight (and the contour) stick cost £19 each online or at any Clinique counter. For the money, you get such a lot of product that is definitely going to last you a long time, even if you use it on a regular basis. Because you only need to use a little and blend with your fingers to get a stunning natural glow, you’ll use less product, too!

What’s the verdict?

I really like this highlighter, the pink tone suits me as a colour and I love the formulation! I don’t think I’ve  loved a highlighter more than this one, although I’m still wanting to try the Becca shimmering skin perfector, and the TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer as they’ve had really good reviews!

Would I repurchase?

Yes, definitely. Although it may be a looooooong timer before I run out of this one!

Overall rating: 5/5 for the actual product, 1/5 for colour choices.

So that was my review of the Clinique Chubby Stick Highlight stick! Have any of you lovely people tried this and/or the contour stick? What did you think? Are there any other highlighters that you’d most definitely recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Interested in trying this? You can check it out on the Clinique website, or any department store with a Clinique counter. Go on, have a swatch, and see what you think of it, too!

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