Friday, 17 March 2017

My Most Used Makeup Products!

Since I've bought a hell of a lot of new makeup in the recent months (a combination of having a little more money from working more hours and my birthday being last month!) I really liked the idea of letting you know what my current most used products are. I'm starting to get more of a feel for what I like and don't like and the brands/products I gravitate towards. These aren't all products I use daily, nor are they the only products I use, but these are ones I seem to be reaching for a whole lot recently.

This has been talked about TO DEATH in the Youtube and blogging world, but for good reason! It's only £3.99 which is amazingly cheap and it really does keep your face matte! It isn't completely amazing- I do use a setting spray or I find I have to reapply, however it's the cheapest powder I've seen by far so I'm not complaining! I'm also a huge fan of how it doesn't cake up your face -something I've experienced and hated with other powders!
NYX Soft Matte lip creams

I expect NYX isn't a brand I'd even have considered had I not watched youtube, when it came to the UK, it was a BIG deal! So of course I couldn't wait to try their products! I bought these not expecting the world, as they're only £6, and for a great drugstore lipstick I'd expect to pay closer to £10 but boy was I surprised! I own two in 'Rome' and 'Copenhagen' and I absolutely adore them! 'Rome' is my favourite which stays on alll day -I don't even reapply after eating! Copenhagen is the one I wear least out of the two. It does tend to wear off quite noticeably because of how dark it is which can be a pain, but the formula's really nice, dries matte but doesn't dry out your lips -what more could you want?

NYX primers

I've talked about these before,but I absolutely adore them! Affordable and really do the job. I've actually been trying out a sample of the porefessional recently and I didn't really see a difference between that and the NYX face primer -it's worth noting that I don't have oily skin though. Using this and a setting spray over my face really keeps my makeup in place all day!
I use their eye primer too and although I have nothing to compare it to, I think it's amazing. it's £5.50 and you only need a tiny bit to put over your eyes. Eyeshadow that previously creased or wore off now stays on for hours! I'd never go back to not using a primer, I'd say if you're into eye makeup it's totally essential!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Alas, I've found an alternative to my No.7 foundation that I keep droning on about on here! although nothing will replace that, this one is slightly cheaper, which I'm grateful for as I always seem to run out the week before payday (anyone else?). I did have some issues when I first started using it, but it's growing on me now. I definitely do see a difference between this one and more expensive ones, and it definitely does not stay on the face for 25 hours (as it claims to do - usually it's gone a bit patchy by the end of 8 hours!) It is super high coverage though which I like, and leaves a matte finish. If you're looking for a good drugstore foundation, I'd recommend this one, you can get it for just £8 from Boots!

Salted Caramel palette

I'm not gonna go on about this, as you can read my full review here. But this has become my go to palette. I'm yet to buy a revolution palette that disappoints me, as they always seem to get it just right. I will say that a couple of the colours don't wear for very long, but with NYX's primer underneath, I find they stay all day!

MUA Eyeshadow in 'Platinum'

This shows up grey in pictures but it's actually a lovely silver colour!

If I had more space to store single eyeshadows I would totally get some more! Can you believe that these eyeshadows are just £1? I bought this to wear when I saw The Pretty Reckless (read a post all about that here, I will never stop talking about that day!), thinking I wouldn't wear it again! I love wearing this over the lid and black in the crease for a night out, if you're not feeling quite as daring it's still a lovely inner corner highlight, and it stays on all day/night! If I do get any other colours I'll be sure to let you know if they're as good as this one!

Mac Prep + prime

This is talked about a whole lot in the beauty community. I never got it because £17.50 seems so steep for a setting spray, but my boyfriend kindly got it for me for my birthday and I love it! Although for daily wear/short days I still use my ones from Avon and Barry M, this works great if I work a long day/go to work then college/go on a night out. I've fallen asleep in my makeup after a night out before (my skin did NOT thank me! 0/10 recommend!) and my makeup has still be in tact the next morning!
Thankyou so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post!
What're your makeup favourites? 
Until next time!
-Cait xx
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Makeup Revolution Salted Caramel Palette Review!

I'm back with another eyeshadow palette review! This one's also from makeup revolution, and it's become my favourite of all time!
I got this on recommendation from a friend as she told me it's a dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette -but for £8 rather then £40!

 This is what the palette looks like, I love that it looks like a chocolate bar! It's from their 'I ❤ Makeup' range. We all know how highly I think of makeup revolution, so it's no surprise that this eyeshadow palette completely wowed me too!
This palette is absolutely perfect for everyday use, it has a selection of mattes and shimmery colours, and loads of different coloured nudes, as well as a few colours that are a little more 'out there' ('Tempt', 'Crunch' and 'Cake'). I don't own the Too Faced palette, but I've seen comparisons online (check out this one) and they do look pretty similar! Of course I don't have a spare £40 to spend on an eyeshadow palette otherwise I'd totally compare them!

L to R: 'Caramel', 'Crunch', 'Drizzle' and 'Tempt' (which I think is a great name by the way!)
Here's a swatch of my 4 most used/favourite colours from the palette. I will admit, some of the colours aren't too pigmented -it took a while to build up the pigmentation on 'Crunch', however, 'tempt' has amazing pigmentation. They're buildable enough though, so I don't think it's too much of an issue -for that kind of price you can't have it all! They're a little crumbly too, which is slightly annoying but not the end of the world!
Overall, I would say the palette is amazing for it's price. The pigmentation could be a little better in a couple colours, and the shadows could be a little less crumbly, but that's just me being picky! The colours are perfect for everyday wear (I'm in love with wearing 'Caramel' on the lid and 'Drizzle' in the crease at the minute, or just 'Drizzle' smudged all over the lid and under the eye if I'm feeling grungey!) -not to mention they smell yummy too, not exactly like chocolate, but sweet and edible all the same! I'd definitely say if you're on a budget, Makeup Revolution is the way to go! Get it from the Superdrug website here!
Thanks so much for reading!
What's your favourite eyeshadow palette?
-Cait xx
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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Monthly playlist | March 2017

Can you believe it's now spring? Crazy! As much as I'm excited for the next few months and have a couple things planned, I do hate leaving the colder months. I'm definitely a winter-kind-of-a-gal, I love the cold weather! The first few months of 2017 have actually been great for me! I met my favourite band (which I didn't shut up about for ages, you can check out the post about it here), saw Jack Whitehall live (who was hilarious btw!) and turned 18 (and yes I celebrated for a whole week -it was amazing!)
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Anywho, as I talked about it in this post, here's 10 of the tracks I've been loving for this month (ps: they're all click-able, so you can enjoy them too!)
  1. Burning Bridges- Bea Miller - I've been a fan of hers for years. I like that she's the same age as me and she's so outspoken. at the end of February she released an ep (which I think will be part of an album by the end of the year) and I'm in love! This is one of my favourite tracks from it!
  2. Strange Love - Halsey
  3. Hold me down - Halsey - Halsey's been one of my favourites for a long time, but I recently fell back in love and these are my two favourites, although I've had her EP and album on repeat for the whole month :)
  4. House on a Hill- The Pretty Reckless
  5. Just Tonight - The Pretty Reckless
  6. Oh My God - The Pretty Reckless - Okay, so anyone that knows me is gonna wanna shoot me for mentioning them again, but they're my absolute favourite band in the entire world. After seeing them live and meeting them, I've been listening to their music almost constantly. These are my favourites from each album (did anyone see the Oh My God music video? I feel like I'm the only person that loves the concept of left brain vs right brain!)
  7. Smoke and Fire -Sabrina Carpenter
  8. Shadows -Sabrina Carpenter - Sabrina's latest album dropped at the end of last year and I love it! So much more grown up then her first one. These are two of my faves from her -especially Shadows, such a meaningful song!
  9. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld -I'll admit, I've not listened to any other songs from her, but I do love this one, it's so cute! And one of my faves to listen to this month!
  10. Accidents Can Happen - Sixx:A.M. - This song has been out for years and I remember listening to it on the way to school, so definitely an old favourite, but I've been listening to it a lot more this month -in fact, when I went to see Jack Whitehall, I listened to this song almost exclusively the whole way there!
 That was actually harder to pick than I thought it would be! How're you feeling about the little update at the start of this post? I'd like to do it every month, if everyone else is feeling it.
What have been your favourite songs this month?
Until next time!
-Cait xx

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Makeup Revolution's 'Mermaids Forever' Palette Review!

Long time no post. Unfortunately I've had a super busy couple weeks - I celebrated Valentines Day, turned 18 (and yes I celebrated for a whole week!!), saw Jack Whitehall and I've had assignments coming out of my ears (seriously, staying up till 3am is becoming a super regular thing!) Hopefully, though, things will slow down for a bit and I'll be back to updating my blog regularly!

I wanted to dedicate a post to this palette because I think it's absolutely beautiful -the 'Mermaids Forever' palette from Makeup Revolution (apologies because I instagrammed about this and am only just getting the chance - over two weeks later- to do a proper blog post!).
Yes I took this on the train -look how great the lighting was though!
My favourite colours are: 'Fishtail', 'Princess' and 'Harmony' (how cute are these names aswell!) 
Revolution absolutely kill it with eyeshadow palettes! I own a few now and I adore them -not one colour from any of the palettes have disappointed me so far (I've probably completely jinxed this now!) Look at those colours though -how beautiful! 
They're super pigmented too- although, I will say that the lighter nude colours aren't as pigmented as the brighter colours which is a shame, but they're all true to colour when you put them on your eyes, which is always good. And they definitely stay on you eyes for a long time. I tend to use a primer these days, but even without a primer they're amazing! Also, theres a mix in there of shimmery and matte colours (and enough nudes to make a couple looks aswell) making it the perfect palette to travel with if you're looking for one.
 The only thing I don't like too much is the packaging of the palettes. They're the same for each of them and I'm just not a fan -they get dirty really easily and it's difficult to differentiate between them if you're in a rush, but this is just me being picky.
I'm more of a nude/dark eyeshadow kind-of-a-gal, but I think it's nice to have some colours in your collection -at the very least to experiment at 3am on your own with -amirite? For £8 you definitely cannot go wrong with this palette! get it from superdrug here
 I hope you enjoyed this review, thankyou for reading!
Do you have a favourite eyeshadow palette?
Until next time!
-Cait xx
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