Sunday, 18 March 2018

What's in my Everyday Makeup Bag

I love nothing more than rooting through someone’s makeup bag. It’s an amazing way to find new product recommendations. If something is good enough to remain in someone’s everyday makeup bag, it must be good! Mine is jam-packed with my favourite makeup products.

Makeup products spilling out of a makeup bag

If my skin is lacking in moisture I opt for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. It has a wonderfully light, moisturising formula. It doesn’t disrupt your foundation or clog pores, so it’s a winner in my book.

When I have a long day ahead of me or my skin is feeling oily, Soap and Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer has my back. Unlike Benefit’s Porefessional, this isn’t too silicony or slippy on the skin. It helps foundations longevity and smoothes over textured patches of skin.

I recently rediscovered this makeup product and fell back in love. True Match is a long wearing, semi-matte foundation. When powdered down it gives a flawless matte base, which lasts almost all day without needing to blot.

I rave about this foundation so frequently on my blog. This formula is the perfect mix of coverage and glow. You can see a more in-depth review and a comparison to the YSL All Hours Foundation here.

A blogger favourite, Collection’s concealer never fails to cover my purple under eye bags. 

This is the ideal powder for you if you want a semi-matte finish to your skin, it never looks cakey or flat. I don’t love the pot as I tend to get the powder everywhere and it’s not really travel friendly but it’s worth it for the product inside.

This cult classic from Tilbury is one of my favourite makeup items in my collection. Not only is it an incredible product, it is also housed in the most stunning Art Deco-inspired compact.

I only pop the tiniest bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks so I’m not too fussed on what brand I use for this. I bought this blusher as it’s noted as a dupe for MAC’s Stereo Rose, which I loved back in the day.



Again, this is a product I rave about on my blog. It provides both volume and length and doesn’t flake or smudge.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
I can't believe more people haven't tried this mascara. It has a tiny wand, imagine the same size as the brush on the Glossier Boy Brow, which grabs your small bottom lashes and coats them with long-lasting black colour.

I’m not very loyal when it comes to liquid liners, I’ll usually just get through ones I have been sent via blogger mail. However, I am really impressed by the Tattoo Liner, it’s a deep black that lasts on the eyes all day.

There are a few versions of the Archery Brow Pencil from Soap and Glory, the one I prefer has a thin tube, with a pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. The nib is small enough to create hair-like strokes and it’s retractable so no need to carry a pencil sharpener.

When I can be bothered to create a full eyeshadow look, I reach for the Heat Palette. The simple matte shades are my favourites, although I do sometimes reach for the shimmers if I need to ramp up my look. I have a whole blog post dedicated to it here and this post also includes a high street dupe. If I don’t want a fussy eye look, I just add some of my bronzer to my crease with a fluffy brush, this adds definition.



Glossier Generation G Lip Colour in Crush
I can see why Glossier fans adore the Generation G range, it's a hybrid between a lip balm and lipstick making it ultra comfortable while tinting the lips.

I used to shy away from glossy textures on the lips, no one likes eating their hair when the wind comes but this isn’t sticky at all. It’s so comfortable to wear and looks so pretty on the lips.

Influenster sent me the whole colour range from this lipstick launch a few months ago, you can see my swatches and full review here. These are the perfect matte lipstick for me, they last nearly all day, with minimal touch-ups but they don’t feel drying on the lips.


I’d love to peek inside your makeup bag, link me to any posts you have done in the comments below!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mini Mascara Reviews - Benefit BadGal Bang, Armani Eccentrico, Givenchy Noir Interdit, Too Faced Better Than Sex and Lancome Monsieur Big

I recently decluttered my Muji makeup storage and was shocked to see I had so many mascaras on the go! If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that I adore the Armani Eccentrico mascara and before that Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara was also one of my favourites so I'll always have these in my collection. I'm currently testing four other mascaras to see how they compare.

Mascaras from different brands lined up to be reviewed.
As I commented in my previous Rimmel post, this mascara's spiked conical wand does grab every lash but fails to create volume. I'm currently trying to use this mascara up, I use it on days when I'm going for a more natural 'no makeup' look or mixed with other mascaras. The wands of the Rimmel Wonder'fully Real and the Benefit BadGal Bang are very similar but the formula is so different!

I did wrote up a mini review of this on my Instagram, explaining that this made my lashes heavy and clumpy. I'm sad about this as I love Roller Lash and They're Real from Benefit. I think I might use this combined with the Rimmel one to use them up.

Rimmel Wonder'Fully Real Mascara compared to Benefit BadGal Bang Mascara Wand
Rimmel's Wonder'Fully Real Mascara (left) compared to Benefit's BadGal Bang Mascara Wand

This mascara has a very unusual wand, which can be bent at a 90-degree angle, making it perfect to reach every lash with its hair comb style wand. I do really like the fluttery lash effect this gives and the wand is surprisingly easy to use.

I purchased this on the recommendation of Alana Davidson, a YouTuber with the most beautifully long lashes. I think this mascara could become a contender for the top spot! It’s thick natural bristle wand is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The formula and brush combined create a thick lash at the base with lovely fluttery ends, it’s buildable too!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand (left) compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

I’d love to know what mascaras you have been trying lately! Do you have any mascara's you'd like to see me reviews, leave them in a comment below!
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Armani Luminous Silk Versus YSL All Hours Foundation - Comparison and Review

I can’t believe I hadn’t tried a YSL foundation until now! I’d heard Suzie from Hello October raving about their new All Hours Foundation, and it had been compared to Armani’s Luminous Silk so I picked up a bottle while in World Duty-Free.

I’ve used Armani Luminous Silk for a number of years and repurchased it time and time again so I pitted YSL’s new launch against it so I could give you a full comparison.

Armani Luminous Silk Shade 2 Compared to YSL All Hours Foundation B 10 - Comparison and Review


I have the little shade in Luminous Silk which is shade 2, it’s a little too dark for me, for reference I’m NW15 in MAC. It does come in 24 shades, but as they are just numbered it’s hard to tell undertones online, I would recommend being shade matched in store if you haven’t used any Armani foundations before.

I picked up the lightest shade in the YSL All Hours foundation which is named B10 Porcelain, this is a better shade match than the Armani base. I'd say Armani's shade 2 is probably equivalent to YSL B20. Again, the numbers on the YSL foundations can be confusing but at least they have corresponding names which hint at the shade of foundation.

Both foundations come in glass bottles so not great for travelling but on the plus side, they do have a pump each!


Armani’s Luminous Silk offers more of a glowier finish, but this does make it a little sheerer than the YSL All Hours. This also means that if you have an oily T-zone oil tends to creep through sooner than the YSL base, but it is easy to blot down.

The YSL All Hours Foundation has a heavier coverage than the Luminous Silk, this will work in your favour if you have acne or pigmentation you’d like to cover. It’s not a flat matte like most long lasting foundations, it does have a subtle glow to it. It does last longer on the skin than LS but isn’t as hardcore as Estee Lauder’s Double Wear.

Both Luminous Silk and All Hours slightly oxidise on me, as I have oily/combination skin so be aware of this when you choose a shade.


I was expecting at the end of this comparison to have decided on a winner but I can honestly say I love them both! They do have similarities but I think they have enough difference in the formula to justify having both in your collection.

 I'd reach for each one for different reasons. If my skin is looking quite clear, I'd opt for Armani's Luminous Silk, as I wouldn't need as heavier of a coverage and I might enjoy a bit of a glow if I wasn't too oily in my T-zone. If I was having a bad skin day, I would opt for YSL's All Hours as it's heavier coverage covers a multitude of sins and it is more long lasting on the skin.

I'd love to know which one you prefer?


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