That concealer that I miss way too much... Urban Decay Naked Concealer.

Concealer is an item of makeup that I am so fussy about and never seem to be able to find my perfect one, but you know what? I think I might have actually found one that is fairly close to being the one - the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.

urban decay naked concealer review
urban decay naked concealerThe Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is said to 'give you buildable, even coverage, with a luminous demi-matte finish' whilst being 'ultra lightweight.' The 'high-tech formula melds like a second skin effect' providing you 'full coverage in an instant.'

From using the product myself I definitely find the product to be lightweight, it is a product I literally can't feel on my skin, which is exactly what I want from my makeup. I also find it provides great coverage when used; I'm not sure about full coverage but then I do have really dark circles. It covers up redness and blemishes with ease. 

As to the formula, it is definitely buildable. It also doesn't become cakey in any way if you do decide to build the coverage up. 

As to the finish, I would also agree with this being demi-matte. It really lightens and brightens up my eye area whilst still working really well in other areas of my face, such as around my nose.

However, aside from the formula being amazing it is the brush applicator which has got me missing the product so much. The applicator is flatter than your average concealer brush which at first I thought I would hate, but it actually makes application so easy, two dips covers so so much, much more than with your average concealer brush. You can also get to the smaller areas of your face easier too.

urban decay naked concealer applicator

So, what do I think? The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a concealer I didn't realise how much I loved until I ran out and didn't have it anymore. I love the brush, the way it brightens up my eyes and that it's a great concealer for all over too. It's a concealer I don't know how much longer I can live without.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer? What's your thoughts?

Empties from the last few months.

mixed beauty empties

Okay, I am just going to warn you now this is going to be a very long empties post. I have been building up a collection over the last few months for this post. It doesn't include things like shower gels, haircare and face creams as I tend to throw these away as I use them and didn't think they'd be as exciting to share. Anyway, let's get on with it.

foundation empties

First up is base products. The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer is a much loved primer of mine, and the only primer from the drugstore to actually make a difference to my makeup stay time. Unfortunately as my skin got drier I found the product to be less effective and have now switched back to my other favourite; the Laura Mercier Primer. Would I repurchase? No, as my skins changed but I am sure I will eventually.

Next is a product you are probably bored of me talking about, the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I won't say too much as you've heard it all before if you read my blog regularly, but this is essentially an amazing tinted gel at providing a light coverage that actually conceals my redness, and is also incredible moisturising. Would I repurchase? I already have, it was featured alongside my current favourite foundations here.

I have also used up the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, another base I really enjoyed using. It provides a light to medium coverage and creates a gorgeous glowy effect. Would I repurchase? Happily, it's a great foundation - see my review here.

The last foundation I have finally used up is The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals foundation. This is a cream foundation that provides a full coverage finish. I didn't really like the finish of this when using a brush as I found it too full coverage for me, but when using a sponge I found it was much more manageable. Unfortunately the foundation has since been discontinued, but would I repurchase it if I could? Probably not.

beauty empties

I've also used up quite a few concealers recently, the first being three Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Crayon Concealer -  can you guess I love this product. It is a concealer with great coverage and staying power, weirdly it reminds me of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Would I repurchase? Definitely.

The Body Shop Lightening Touch Concealer is another much loved concealer, one I love using to brighten up my under eye area. It has an instant effect and the one I always go to when I want to quickly brighten up the eye area. Would I repurchase? I already have.

The last concealer to make the empties post is a product I didn't love to start with but I am really missing now I'm without it - the Urban Decay Naked Concealer. I love the consistency, the light product, the great coverage and the amazing doe applicator. A full review will be on the blog soon, so keep your eyes pealed. Would I repurchase? Of course.

mascara empties

Now it's time for the mascara section, I swear mascaras are one item of makeup I seem to go through far quicker than anything else. 

L'Oreal have to be my favourite brand for mascaras, I've never tried one I don't like. The first mascara from L'oreal I have used up is the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - a mascara great for adding volume to your lashes. It has a funky brush that looks slightly scary but works great without clumping up my lashes. Would I repurchase? Yes. 

Next up is another number from L'Oreal - the L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara. I love the brush on this one as it is has a fine tooth but it is also slightly wider one end, which I find helps ensure I coat the whole length of my longer lashes with ease. Would I repurchase? Again, yes.

The L'Oreal Waterpoof False Lash Architect is another mascara from L'Oreal to make the empties pile; I told you I love L'Oreal's mascaras. I brought this one purely because it was waterproof and a member of the False Lash Mascara family. I again love the brush on this one but found it provided a far less obvious look, to me it wasn't a very false lash look at all, but still an awesome mascara. Would I repurchase? Probably not as there's others I know I love more. 

I've also used up a mascara from Essence, the Essence Maximum Definition Mascara. I won't say too much about this one as I have just written a full post on the mascara recently, which you can find here, but what I will say is this very much reminds me of my favourite ever mascara - the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara. Would I repurchase? Definitely!

 The last mascara I have used up recently is actually a clear mascara I used to set my eyebrows - the Collection Colour Lash Mascara in Clear. I don't have much to say about this other than it did it's job, held my eyebrows in place and lasted me forever. Would I repurchase? Yes.

beauty empties

Another brow gel to make the empties pile is the Essence Lash and Brow Gel. Again this brow gel just works; I do love and prefer the smaller brush on this product as it helps ensure I don't waste too much product each use. The actual lid to the product can be a tad annoying though, it breaks so easily, I have another tube of this which has also broken, but would I repurchase? Yes, I already have.

A nail polish I love for it's awesome strengthening powers which I have used up is the Rimmel Double Duty Base Coat. I love how this strengthens my nails after a couple of uses - it has been my favourite strengthening for years now.  Would I repurchase? I already have.

I have also used up a mini Benefit Porefessional, a beauty product much loved by many. I do really enjoy using this but it is one I have never had the urge to buy a full size as I'm quite happy with other primers, that I believe do a slightly better job. Would I repurchase? Probably, if I couldn't get hold of my Laura Mercier Primer.

A brow product I used to use constantly has also made the empties box. The Collection Eyebrow Definer is a twistable eyebrow pencil with a fine tip great for defining your brows. It is a product that really impressed me, and considering the few shades  their blonde shade is perfect for my brows. Would I repurchase? Yes.

beauty empties

Ahh, and now we are on to the final group of products - random used up beauty products.

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine EDT is a perfume with a strong evening scent that unsuprisingly has hints of jasmine within it. I love the longevity in which the scent lingers on my skin for. Would I repurchase? This is another one where I already have.

I also used up the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly - a product I loved the idea of but never really fell in love with. I love the application method of pressing the lid down but found the gel formula just sat on my skin and struggled to sink in, I much prefer my usual The Body Shop Vitamin E range. Would I repurchase? No.

Lastly is a product I honestly don't think I could live without - the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I love how flawlessly this not only applies my makeup but leaves it looking. It really is a product well worth trying if you haven't already. Would I repurchase? I already have.

And there we have it, my empties from the last few months - if you managed to get through all that and are still with me then I think you may just deserve a medal.

Have you tried any of my empties? Do you tend to repurchase products when you do run out or buy different products?

Could the H&M solo eyeshadows be the best budget formula ever?

h&m solo eyeshadows review
h&m new eyeshadows review
h&m eyeshadow swatches

When H&M re-released their own branded makeup brand towards the end of last year I never expected to fall in love with a lot of the products, let alone be so impressed with the H&M solo eyeshadow formulas to believe they could be the best budget formula ever.

The H&M solo eyeshadows are said to provide a 'silky eye colour that blends easily for a vivid, velvety finish that applies easily and stays put.'

So, what do I think? A bold claim to describe the H&M shadows but the eyeshadows do live up to this claim. The eyeshadows are silky with my eyeshadow brush gliding across with ease, and even causing barely any fallout. 

As to blending easily, they really do - they work great individually or used together to create a subtle and bold smoky eye look. The two shades I have, Orange Ochre and Papaya Ice, blend so easily together leaving no bold lines considering the vast difference in colour.

After experiencing such an amazing initial impression from the eyeshadows I really didn't think they could live to the staying put claim, but I was wrong - these H&M solo eyeshadows last all day with ease. They don't seem to crease on the lids or start sliding off with wear either.

All in all, I am so glad I found and tried these little gems from H&M, I really do believe they are the best budget eyeshadow formula ever, or that I have discovered so far anyway.

Have you tried the H&M solo eyeshadows? What's your opinion?

If you would like to see my original H&M beauty haul click here.

Mid-month Beauty Favourites February 2016.

beauty favourites

So, apparently it is the middle of February already(?), but that can only mean one thing, it's time to share with you all my mid-month favourites for February.

First up had to be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in dim light; ever since purchasing this powder from Hourglass I can't seem to stop using it. I love everything about it, from the gorgeous packaging to the colour of the powder to the amazing finish it provides. It is a yellow tinted powder that keeps any redness at bay whilst adding the most natural glow. It also helps with the lasting power of my makeup.

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is another new product to my collection that I can't keep my hands off of. It was a product I wasn't sure about it but had been wanting to try for a while, and I am so glad I decided too. I love the fact I can't feel this foundation on my skin; it also lasts really well. It is my go to evening foundation lately, see my review here.

A well-loved previous favourite of mine that I have been loving again lately is the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara. It has a small comb brush that is perfect at catching every little lash with ease without the dreaded clumping effect. I love how long and voluminous this leaves my lashes.

beauty favourites

Another favourite of mine lately has been The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream. I brought this hand cream originally because it was purple (don't ask) but I really do love it. It has a soft plum scent that comes across as a light fruity scent, a perfect pick me up half way through a long day at work. I wish I got my hands on a few more products from this range over the Christmas period.

Lastly is a very new product to me - Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine. Brilliantine is a product I had wanted for the longest time but only recently got my hands on it - now I have it I don't think I could be without it. I love the texture it adds to my hair, as a girl with very fine hair I find many products struggle to do this, but this product from Bumble and Bumble is definitely a gem. 

What have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of these products?

A mini beauty haul.

So I went to Boots, and a mini little haul may have occurred but it is a small haul as I am trying to only really buy beauty products if I need them, even if I really really want them. I also managed to finally have enough points to get a product I have lusted after for what feels like forever.

boots haul

First up is the Bourjois City Radiance Foundation, a foundation designed to provide a glowy but fresh finish. It has an anti-pollution screen as well so I am curious to see if this has any effect on my skin. I haven't tried it yet but I can't wait to give it a go, I have always loved Bourjois bases too.

I have also somehow run out of all my mascaras too so I had to get another one, and they were two for £12 so I obviously spent the extra pound to get two. I repurchased the amazing L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, a mascara I absolutely love. It has a small comb that easily coats every lash with mascara and provides a great lengthening effect.

The second mascara I went for was the new L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Effect Mascara - a mascara designed to create a voluminous effect whilst leaving my lashes clearly defined and not clumped together. The brush looks similarly small like the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara but has a slanted shape. I can't wait to try this mascara and see if it can beat my love for the telescopic mascara.

Lastly was the item I managed to get for free - the Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, a product I have already fallen in love with after a couple of uses. You need the tiniest amount and this tiny amount makes such a difference to my hair. It adds texture and gets rid of any freshly washed fly away hairs too - a full review will be coming soon. 

What have your purchased lately? Have you tried any of these products?

The £2.80 mascara that wowed me.

A mascara costing £2.80? I'm sure you are all thinking this mascara wowing me can't be true but the Essence Maximum Definition has done just that.

essence maximum definition mascara

The Essence Maximum Definition mascara is designed to 'lengthen your lashes from the root to the tip' whilst the brush is said to 'reach even the tiniest lashes in the corner of your eye.'

essence mascara

It really does exactly what it says, it adds length to my lashes with ease but I also find it adds some volume too. It does all this without clumping my lashes in the slightest, a definite must from a mascara for me.

essence maximum definition mascara review

As to the brush, the brush is very slim (slimmer than it looks in the picture) and coats my lashes with ease. The small size does allow me to reach the tiniest of lashes; I can apply it onto my bottom lashes without a fear of it getting everywhere.

The look it creates lasts all day too. The only negative thing I can possibly say about the Essence Maximum Definition mascara is that I found it to dry out quicker than my usual mascaras, but at £2.80 I don't think I can really moan about that.

All in all, I brought the mascara originally because of the price not expecting much but I am so glad I picked it up. It is a mascara I would definitely repurchase, it even reminds me of the L'Oreal Telescopic Lash Mascara because of the brush and overall result on the lashes.

Have you tried this mascara from Essence? What's your favourite mascara?

My top 3 favourite foundations.

top 3 foundations
top 3 foundations

Finding the right foundation for you is one of the hardest tasks as we all want different things from our bases, and the bases themselves all provide different things, but I have finally found three foundations that I can't stop using. Today I thought I would share these with you. 

For your reference I like my bases to be relatively light so I can barely feel them, to provide light to medium coverage depending, and to cover up any redness. 

The first base I have to mention has to be the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, a light tinted gel I have loved since the second I tried it. It is essentially a tinted gel that is extremely moisturising, un-noticeable on the skin and still somehow provides coverage. The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is also the base that saved me and my skin when my skin got really dry when the weather suddenly went freezing. The glowy finish is also gorgeous. It is my everyday base the majority of the time, and one I really recommend you try if you haven't tried it already.

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is a much more recent discovery but one I couldn't live without now. The NARS foundation provides more coverage than the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue but still feels nearly completely weightless. I love the luminous matte finish which still provides the glow I love in more of a matte way if that makes any sense. It is my go to evening foundation, or the one I go to when I want a little more coverage. See my full review here.

The last foundation I couldn't do this post without is the Rimmel Nude Lasting Finish, a medium coverage foundation that provides a similar finish to the NARS foundation featured above. It lasts really well, and covers up any redness with ease. I can feel this foundation very slightly but thanks to the serum within it is still relatively light. It is the foundation I was using constantly when I went for a month without the Complexion Rescue - it is definitely a foundation well worth trying. 

Have you tried any of these foundations? What is your favourite foundation?

A day in Salisbury.

salisbury cathedral

Okay, so this day out may have happened in November but I was just looking through my posts and apparently I forgot to post my post on my day out in Salisbury.

salisbury cathedral

It was a day the girls and I planned as a kind of halfway meeting point now we all live everywhere, and Salisbury just worked. You see this was a day with the girls I have known for over ten years now, my best friends from school.

The day surprised me, having never been to Salisbury I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's an awesome little town I'd love to visit again, something different.

salisbury We planned to go to the Christmas market, but this wasn't open yet so instead went for a wonder around town and found the Salisbury Cathedral. I love exploring new areas so this was really cool to see, very pretty too.

york roast co salisbury

Then it was time for lunch, we found the nicest little roast dinner sandwich cafe where we grabbed a bite to eat; The York Roast Co. I got a pork and stuffing roll with crackling and roast potatoes on the side. I was literally stuffed afterwards but it is definitely a place I recommend you visit if you're ever in Salisbury.

Have you ever been to Salisbury?

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation review.

nars all day luminous weightless review
nars all day luminous weightless review

Ever since the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation was released last year I have had my eyes on it but never gave into the temptation to purchase. Over Christmas my sister wore this foundation after my recommendation to her based on what she wants from a foundation, and I was so impressed with the finish I had to purchase it, and quickly.

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is said to provide 'full, natural-looking coverage with unexpected weightless, 16 hour wear' and to be 'highly pigmented' all from 'just one drop.'

This foundation really does provide natural-looking coverage which feels weightless on the skin. As to the coverage of the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, I would say it is more of a light to medium coverage, which is buildable. I also love the fact if I do build up any coverage around my nose and eyes it still feels completely weightless, something I find rare to come across in many foundations when building coverage. 

I have never worn the foundation for 16 hours, so I cannot comment on this but I do know the foundation lasts really well on my skin. I can wear it all day without having to worry about touching up or anything. 

As to the one drop being all you need, I disagree with this. I find the foundation does spread really well but I use about two drops.

Overall, I think the foundation really lives up to its name and does exactly what it is meant to do. I also love the final finish, a luminous matte would be the way I would describe it. It is definitely a foundation well worth trying if you haven't already.

Have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Foundation? What's your thoughts?