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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Beauty Review | Part 2 - Concealers



Second part of my makeup review of my current foundations and concealers, in this post I'll be talking about some of my current concealers...Enjoy!

FYI:
Skin tone- Warm/Medium/Tan
Skin Type- Oily/Normal (oily T-Zone, normal everywhere else)





1- NARS Creamy Concealer - Ginger

Price: £24
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full buildable

I heard this NARS concealer was a good dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape seeing as we don't have Tarte cosmetics in the UK I decided to buy this concealer. It comes with a doe-foot applicator and is good for the under-eye area to conceal dark circles. The colour matches me pretty well as I tend to use concealers that are a shade lighter than my foundation.

Pro's: 
-Good coverage
-Nice texture
-Good shade range

Con's:
-Creases under the eye if you use too much


2&3- Maybelline Eye erase - Honey & Nude

Price: £8.99 in drugstores
Type: Liquid with built in applicator
Coverage: light/medium

This is another one that beauty bloggers raved about so I thought I would give it a go. I initially bought nude but it looked a bit too light when I used it under my eyes, so I went and bought honey which is good under foundation, sometimes I do wear it on its own, depending on how tanned I am I use either nude or honey or both. It comes at a pretty decent price compared to others but the coverage isn't great. I'm not a big fan of the built in applicator as I feel the concealer doesn't come out properly, I can't apply it how I want to and you cant clean it.

Pro's:
-Cheap
-Good for light coverage
-Includes Goji Berry & Haloxyl which are supposed to be anti-aging and fade dark circles over time

Con's:
-Annoying built in applicator
-Not good for covering dark circles

4- MAC Select Cover-up - NC42

Price: £16.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium buildable

I was matched this a while a go in MAC because I wanted a concealer to cover spots and acne marks, and I'm not sure why I was matched to this colour as it's a shade darker than my foundation (maybe it was during the summer?) Anyway, its a pretty good lightweight concealer, very runny compared to the others. Good for covering specific areas like blemishes but not very good to use under the eyes.

Pro's:
-Covers small spots and acne scars
-Lightweight texture

Con's:
-Not great coverage
-Cakey under the eyes under foundation

5- MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer- NC35

Price: £16.50
Type: Cream
Coverage: Medium-Full buildable

This is my go to concealer to conceal around my eyebrows. It's a cream concealer so pretty rubbish under the eyes as it creases a lot, but it's perfect to conceal around your brows to give you fleeky, sharp and precise brows. I don't pluck or thread my brows so to get a nice brow I just fill it in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and conceal with this concealer and a small, flat brush, once I'm done I just blend out with a fluffy brush.

It can become a little bit dry so you may need to warm it up with your fingers first.

Pro's:
-Very good creamy coverage
-Perfect for precise concealing (eyebrows)

Con's:
-Creases like crazy if used under the eyes
-Not transfer proof so you must set it with a powder
-Can dry out a bit

6- MAC Conceal & Correct Duo- Rich Yellow

Price: £20.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Light & Bright

Not sure if this should even be in this post, but it makes a huge difference to my concealing under-eye game. It's a duo colour corrector, you are supposed to use the burnt coral as a colour corrector and the rich yellow to highlight and brighten. This product is amazing for under-circles and hyperpigmentation. I was matched the shades in a MAC store and when I want full coverage, bright under eye's where you can't see the dark circles at all this is what I use.

I use the yellow on top of my corrector, concealer, foundation and it just brightens up my whole under eye area, it's also great for highlighting down the bridge of my nose.

I may do a whole separate review on this product, but add it to your concealer regime and you might just thank me!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Beauty Review | Part 1 - Foundations


In this 2 part makeup review I'll be reviewing and comparing my current favourite foundations and concealers

It's been a while since I've done a proper thorough beauty review and this one is going to be particularly detailed as I want to give you guys my opinions on each of the products.

All of the products in this post are ones that I am currently using and have been using for the last 6 months - 4 years.

FYI:
Skin Tone- Warm/Medium/Tan
Skin Type- Normal/Oily (Oily T-Zone, Normal everywhere else)



Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r - 310

Price: £26
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

Since Rihanna released her makeup line 'Fenty Beauty' in September last year the internet went crazy and there were tonnes of reviews on her products. One of the products that particularly caught my eye was the foundation. The reviews I saw all said how the foundation looked pretty flawless and airbrushed. It had been a while since I had bought a new foundation so I took the plunge and bought it. Since I had just had a baby I wasn't feeling like going to Harvey Nichols and lining up for hours to be matched so like a lot of people I watched hundreds of reviews by people with similar skin to me and had to guess the shade.

I ended up getting the shade 310, it was actually a pretty good match and did make my skin look flawless. It's definitely a medium to full coverage a light first layers tends to do the job when I'm having a good skin day, otherwise a full pump and 2-3 layers covers pretty much everything. I like to apply this with my real techniques buffing brush or a beauty blender, both ways give me a pretty good finish.

Everytime I have worn this foundation I have had people complimenting how my skin looks and ask what foundation I'm wearing.

It's my perfect summer shade, the only downside is that it does tend to oxidise a little bit so when I'm not tanned and if I haven't highlighted, it makes my skin look a bit dull. The way I fix that, is by mixing a bit with my MAC or Estee Lauder foundation to make it a bit lighter.

I absolutely love this foundation and would recommend it to people of colour, especially if you have darker South Asian skin tones because I think this is the range you will find your perfect shade in.

Compared to MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Estee Lauder Double Wear, this foundation is more runny when it comes out, it feels lighter when you put it on your skin but does just a good a job in terms of coverage as the other two. The price and amount you get is pretty decent when compared to the other two as well.


MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NC40

Price: £24.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

If you remember from a couple years ago I did a comparison post of foundations I was using then, MAC studio fix fluid is one of the ones I wrote about. It's still one of my current foundations and is a staple in most people's makeup kits. NC40 is the shade that I feel suits me best. Its a liquid foundation that dries down matte and is pretty long wearing.

I tend not to put more than one layer of this foundation on because it can get a bit cakey, it's quite full coverage so you don't really need more than one layer anyway. I usually set this with a powder to give more of an airbrushed finish. I like to apply this with a damp beauty blender as that's what I found to give the most flawless finish compared to brushes.

Compared to the other two foundations it is cheaper and matches my skin quite well.


Estee Lauder Double Wear - Cashew

Price: £30.15-33.50 (depending on where you buy it)
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

The most expensive out of the three I'm reviewing today, but best one for full coverage, stay all day, oil combating.

This was in my previous comparison post, however, the previous colour was Honey Bronze and was a little on the dark side for my liking so I went in and got matched again. I feel Cashew definitely suits me better and is perfect to lighten up my fenty foundation.

This foundation is quite thick compared to the fenty foundation, it's consistency is similar to the studio fix fluid but it dries down more matte. On days that I haven't moisturised well or my skin feel particularly dry or flaky this foundation isn't the best as it dries it out more. This is a good thing if you have oily skin as you don't need to blot as much and doesn't slide all over your face as with some other foundations, not so great if you have dry flaky skin as it can accentuate the dryness.

If you want to try this foundation I would suggest going to an Estee Lauder counter and getting some samples so that you can try it out before you splash out.

Have you tried any of these foundations? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Baby Products Review | Favourites & Fails

1 year on and as with all new parents we stumbled our way along with parenting, there are things we bought that have been great buys and others, a total waste of money.

In this post I'll be reviewing some of my favourite baby products and some fails.

Disclaimer: These are things we found worked or didn't work for our baby, it might be totally different for you and your baby! Prices listed are correct at time of purchase. Nothing in this post is sponsored or an Ad, we actually bought or were gifted these things.

Favourites:

Sleepyhead deluxe sleeping pod


Price: £110 from John Lewis

If you've read my baby essentials post you would have seen this on there. I can't rave about this enough! I wanted to get this ever since I was recommended it by one of my friends who was pregnant at the same time. I started to read reviews online and I could only find good reviews, from written reviews on the John Lewis website to youtube videos everyone was raving about it. I got some gift vouchers during Xmas from work and used it to buy this from John Lewis (it is quite pricey)

Firstly I loved the sleepyhead because it doesn't take up a lot of space and is portable. Although I like the look of moses baskets I find that they take up too much storage space once your baby is too big for it. As we don't have a loft (and live with in laws) I wanted something that I could just pack away when we were done with it. My daughter came early and we hadn't even ordered a cot so baby had to sleep on the bed, the sleepyhead gave me some peace of mind because I knew hubby or I wouldn't roll over onto her or she wouldn't be able to slip under our pillows or duvet.

During the first few months when all the baby did was sleep I could take it downstairs with me or even pack it when we went to stay over at my mums or aunty's. When the cotbed did come we put the sleepyhead into the cotbed so she still felt snug and wouldn't be startled by being in such a big cot on her own.


Mama's & Papa's Baby Bud Booster Seat

 Price: £35 on Amazon Prime

Again for space saving reasons I bought this booster seat instead of a highchair.  The seat can be used on the floor but we have strapped it to one of our own chairs and she feels like she is sitting at the table with everyone else. It's pretty easy to get her in and out, you can use it with or without the tray and the seat comes off for easy cleaning. When she was still learning to sit up we had to put some small cushions on either side as it was a little big for her but since she has been sitting up unaided and able to support her head, this seat has been great!

I didn't go for the bumbo or the baby snug because I read that babies tend to grown out of them pretty quick and to save on money in the long we tried to buy things that will last a long time.

Madela Swing Electric Breast Pump with Calma
Price: £89.99 on Amazon Prime

Talk to any mum who pumps and you'll be told that Medela Swing is the best breast pump out there!
As my daughter was a preemie she was fed via an Nasogastric Tube to begin with, this meant that I had to pump in order to give her breast milk and so that my supply is established. Unfortunately I was only able to keep it up for a month but this breast pump was the closest thing to a medical grade breast pump at the hospital. I used to use this when I got home and over night as baby wasn't with us for a month, but I used the hospital one whilst I was there during the day.

It mimics a baby's suckling so is really good to stimulate the supply so that your body produces more milk (supply & demand)

It's light and portable so if you needed to express whilst you're at work or when you're out you could very easily do that. It can be attached to the mains or you could even use batteries.

I sold mine a few months ago to a lady who needed to go back to work so had to express milk for her daughter during the day. I would highly recommend this, even if you want to solely breastfeed pumping after feeding makes sure that you're completely empty so your milk supply doesn't go down when you're still trying to establish feeding.

Personalised Dummy Chains


Price: £8.27 for both including P&P

We were gifted some dummy chains from my sister and a friend of mine but one got lost and the other had a metal clasp that we didn't feel was safe to use when my daughter was very little. I bought 2 more from an account on Instagram called 'Dummy_Chains'

They're made really well and they look really pretty and the price for both was very reasonable in my opinion. I'm loving all the personalised baby things on Instagram right now and as you all know I love supporting small brands run by women.

My daughter doesn't use a dummy much now and only uses it occasionally before falling asleep so her dummy doesn't need to be attached to her anymore, but having the dummy on the chain makes it easy to find whether it's in the changing bag or in the cot.

Fails:

Philips Avent starter kit & manual breast pump

Price: £70 from Mothercare

This was one of those things we bought because it said 'sale' in big writing (stupid mistake because it's still the same price that we bought it at). Because my daughter was premature, one of the things she had difficulty with was feeding, the speech and language therapists recommended Dr Brown's bottles and my daughter got used to that so she didn't use this Philips set. The only things that we used from this set are the steriliser and the bottle brush, even then we need to lie the bottles on their side because they're too long for the steriliser but it still does the job. The manual breast pump is absolutely rubbish and barely has any suction to it.

(On a side note I'd like to sell the bottles, pump, teats that come in this set because they've not been used and are still in the box, so if you'd like to buy it off me I'd be more than happy to sell it at a cheap price).

Baby Cot Mobile



Price: Can't remember

So I got this cot mobile because we all had one when we were younger and I thought she might like to look at something whilst falling asleep but she was just not that into this. I got this fisher price one because I liked that it had the stars lighting up when it goes dark. The mobile itself doesn't stay on very well and keeps leaning forward into the cot, hubby had to use zip ties to try and secure it better so it didn't just come off and fall on her.

 The music on this was really dead and boring (not the usual baby music that comes with these things), anyway I wish I had got the one that plays Quran because I think that would have been more useful to her and to us (and it looks better). She's too old for a cot mobile now because she likes to grab things and pull them, but I wish the Quran one came out when she was first born because I would have totally got that one.

Cuddlebug Baby Sling


Price: £23 on Amazon Prime

I guess this product wasn't a total fail but baby slings are just not my thing. It was a good product for when my daughter was newborn and we hadn't bought the pushchair yet. I took her out in this to a restaurant and to the doctors but that was the only two times I used it. She used to fall asleep in it straight away as she was so close and snuggled up to me, but because it was in the summer I was sweating in it like crazy.

When she was very little it was easy to put her in and get her out, but as she got bigger I found it hard to put her inside, it was very fiddly and she would often get frustrated. As she got heavier I found it was harder to use because it kept pulling down. Either I'm not very good at using slings or this sling is just not that great.
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There are other things like the baby buggy and baby bottles that weren't complete fails as they did their job and we're still using them but they have a lot of problems with them so I will do separate reviews for our baby buggy & bottles.