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Revolution’s New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette: Review

Orangey red eyes have been all the range this season and since the pre-release of a certain flame coloured palette a few weeks ago the blogosphere has been lusting after this look like crazy. While I was skeptical at first, I am now completely sold!

I bought the New-trals vs Neutrals palette about six weeks ago now as a budget alternative to the internet's craze over Urban Decay's Heat (Who else is seriously poor rn?).

Within the sixteen shades, Makeup Revolution have manage to produce a really useable mix of colours; from smokey and shimmery nude shades to the seasonal must-have orangey reds.

When it comes to staying power, I honestly expected especially the reds to fade rather quickly through the day and on my first, slightly hesitant application the colour impact did lessen over time.

But since then I have tried to build the colour up a little more on initial application and with the help of a decent primer it sticks in place well past the end of my working day! I use Benefit's Air Patrol.

The colours themselves are easily applied and blend nicely, though I tend to use a different brush to the double ended one included in the palette.

Although it doesn't contain the range found within UD's Heat, it also doesn't have that price tag. New-Trals also benefits from the inclusion of shimmery golden colour, which the Heat palette lacks.

For £6.99 I definitely think Revolution have produced a worthwhile alternative and a great budget buy for this sensational seasonal colour craze.


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October Favourites

In a blur of cool air and pumpkin spice everything (seriously, I bought a PS Bailey’s for Christmas weeks ago!) October is gone and seasonal festivities are creeping up on us.

Today I’m sharing my favourites of the beginnings of autumn, and looking forward to the month ahead.

Skincare

Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

The Body Shop Tea Tree Solution

Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

Everyone struggles with problem prone skin in their lives and unfortunately for me, and many others, it doesn’t stop as soon as you hit adulthood. The Body Shop have regenerated their tea tree range with the #ZitHappens campaign and this serum-like lightweight solution caught my attention. It works as a preventative product and has really improved the condition of my skin, making it clearer and reducing redness! Find it online here.

Travels

Manchester

The majority of my university friends live in and around the Greater Manchester area, which means they’re accessible but not as often as I would ideally like!

So I booked the sofa in my friend’s flat and spent two days surrounded by good food, cocktails and the infectious positivity of amazing friends. It was the perfect opportunity to remove myself from the constrains of my own mind and spend time with people I love.

Zoe and I

Standard puppy selfie

London

Earlier in the month I visited Sarah in London. As well as getting to spend time with my sister and enjoy a high-speed train ride through the countryside (I like trains), I got to explore little pockets of London by myself. I ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. I happily lost myself in there for some hours and landed myself a delicious curry for lunch. If you get chance to visit, their stained glass collection is stunning.

The courtyard played host to an Engineering Season exhibition called Elytra, described as a responsive shelter inspired by the naturally lightweight shells of the flying beetle. Sensors mapped the areas visitors congregated in, ultimately affecting how and where the canopy structure would be robotically woven. I sat on the edge for about twenty minutes in the hope my own presence would stretch the structure further!

The pavillion of the V&A with the canopy structure

The V&A pavillion is stunning

Currently listening…

Hurts – Emeli Sande

Perfect Illusion – Lady Gaga

Shout Out to my Ex – Little Mix

Angels on my Side – Rick Astley

Ain’t My Fault – Zara Larsson

#WhereIsTheLove – The Black Eyed Peas, feat. The World

Currently Reading…

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

 


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August Face Favourites 

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Happy Bank Holiday! 

I believe all women are pretty without makeup. And pretty powerful with the right makeup.” Bobbi Brown

I am currently experiencing an absolute ‘mare with my skin. It’s the worst. So trying out new makeup is having the twin benefits of making me feel more confident and hiding the atrocity.
Here are my current favourites, which accidentally fell off shelves and into my hand. It would be rude not to, right?!

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer
– this little pot is a wonder for my hereditary dark set eyes. It contains moisturising coconut oil and is tinged yellow/orange to offset blue under eye hues. Just a little touch patted into place immediately brightens.


NYX Vivid Brights liquid eyeliner in Sapphire
– I bought this to practice for a fancy dress make-up. Although bright colours on eyes look amazing, I’ve never believed myself to hold the confidence to wear it. However I’ve fallen for this. It’s quite wet but easy to apply and once dry lasts really well without weighing down delicate eyelids. Use an eyelid primer underneath for extra skin protection and staying power. I’m currently using Benefit Air Patrol. 


Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara in brown/black
– Award winning bestseller and possibly the nation’s favourite. Definitely my favourite. When I last bought it I accidentally picked up the brown/black rather than the plain black but I quite like the the more natural-esque look.


Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Gold Light
– I had this on my mental wish list for some time and finally treated myself to it. I love the subtle shimmer to cheek and brow bones and the golden tones mixed with my hair makes me feel like a queen!


Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium 
(similar new version linked) – I have a really mixed relationship with this. The tinted fibres adhere to easily to your natural brows. But they have to be shaped how you want before, otherwise the extra fibres can make them seem straggly. Coming from a near Liverpool, a city famous for it’s brows, I’m really trying to make an effort with mine. But when they’re en pointe, they are fierce! Current fave brow: leftie.

Which products are going to end up as your August empties?

Catch you later 😚


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Benefit Beauty Favourites

If you follow Benefit Cosmetics on Instagram, like me you too often lust after the beautifully packaged products while my student pockets cry in agony. 

The perfect arrangements appeal to my tidiness.

But every once in a while (birthday, extra holiday money, student loan day) I invest in one little piece. 
The great thing about high end products like Benefit is, although you pay that but extra, you definitely pay for quality. 
 

Benefit Babies

 

Roller Lash is the best mascara I’ve ever used, properly curling my lashes the use of a lash curler, a contraption I’ve always seen as a little bit torturous. 

They’re Real Push Up Liner takes a fair few practices to get the hang of, but once you do it’s staying power is like no other. I’m yet to master a great cat eye wing, but I’m working on it. 

My POREfessional is a mini tester version, just to see if I liked it before The Great Investment. I wasn’t expecting a lot to be honest, but knock me down I’ve grown to love it! Perfect for those pesky nose pores that always look awful beneath my glasses. 

My most recent purchase is the Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer which has been a godsend with my skin recently. Can be used really sparingly because a little goes such a long way, and has let me actually leave the house recently. 

If you’re thinking of investing high end, I’d definitely recommend Benefit, especially for key investment make up looks like these!  

In other news, you can also find me at Bizarre Behaviour, where I’m writing more about psychology-related content. Please bare with the blog refurbishments happening over there, though!
Cheers!


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Three Face Masks Review

Three Face Masks; No7, Lush, and Quick Fix Facials

 

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask £6.50

  • I dubiously bought Cosmetic Warrior last week upon the reassurance that it was good for prone-to-nasty-breakout-skin, a stereotypically teenage problem which unfortunately didn’t disappear overnight as I turned 20. I say dubiously, because it contains garlic.
  • However, I need not have worries. The garlic and tee tree active ingredients in this mask are subtle; it doesn’t overpoweringly smell of garlic, and applies on easily (be generous).  Actually, it’s rather pleasant. It dries well and so is not as easy as some to wash away, but I believe it’s benefiting my skin; it definitely looks clearer than before!

No7 Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask £12.50

  • I apply two or three pumps of the bottle like a face wash, before leaving it on for a couple of minutes. Beware though, the mixture is oily and when easily washed away it separates from the water, leaving mask particles behind.
  • Although at the higher end of the price range, (at least on my budget) this looks pretty in the bottle, all corkscrew curls, and works wonders for making your skin seriously soft!

Quick Fix Facials Purifying Charcoal Mask £4.99

  •  Simply designed tube with up to 10 masks in?! Brilliant! Apply generously though the easy squeeze bottle and leave for a few minutes. It’s pleasantly cool on your skin, and washes off easily afterwards. Active ingredients are; Charcoal to rid the skin of impurities, Dragon fruit for vitamin C, and antiseptic cinnamon.
  • The slightly cheaper option, but just as good at making your skin feel clean and fresh without drying or tightness.

Remember to avoid delicate eye areas with all facial masks!!


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Currently…

We all go through those stages of favouring things. They can change daily or weekly and the rare few last for years. Personally, I have mini obsessions, where I will listen to, say, the same music for weeks and then move on.

Today I thought I would share with you  my current favourite music, and a couple of make up products…

I am addicted to these songs at the moment, it’s all I’m listening too.

Favourite BB Cream, MUA colour correcting powder and MAC mascara for simple makeup days

New Barry M quick dry nail varnishes are fantastic! I love these pastel grey and blue

Apparently I am addicted to pink toiletries too…

Cheers!

Photography Thursday – The Atlas of Beauty

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These days, beauty has become a fickle concept of the right angled eye liner flicks, thigh gaps and well cut cheekbones.  But for those of us not blessed with Western society’s concept of beauty and a steady hand for that eyeliner? Never fear. 

For today’s Photography Thursday I bring you the portrait talents of Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc, and her ongoing project The Atlas of Beauty.

Noroc has visited over 60 countries, immersing herself and her camera in remote, rich and beautiful cultures.  Her project involves taking portrait photographs of the culture’s concept of beauty.  For the future, she hopes the project to become known worldwide and an inspiration to women to be themselves. If this blog post goes any way towards helping that be achieved, then I believe I have done my good deed for the day.

“In my opinion, beauty means to keep alive your origins and your culture.  To be natural, sincere, authentic, particular, not necessary fashion or skinny.” – retrieved from Noroc’s tumblr

Mihaela Noroc on Instagram, Website, Facebook, Tumblr, Donate Funds here!

 

Cheers!

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