Products I’ve Used Up | Empties #30

I toyed with the idea of the post, this is now the 30th empties post I’ve done where I go through the products I’ve used up, and if I’d repurchase. This is all of the empties I’ve gathered since the 12th of March so we have around two months worth of products. In the true spring cleaning fashion, I’ve also decluttered a few items. I have considered potentially scrapping my empties and instead doing a monthly roundup of favourites and empties together but maybe that would be too long? Let me know in the comments if you enjoy individual empties posts!
Declutter

These are a few items I had sat in my stash that just weren’t getting used or didn’t work for me, I don’t think I’d repurchase any of these.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls
I’ve had this for a while but for me, curly hair is ahrd to maintain and with this I can either have amazing hair or I can have a very bad hair day very quickly. I’d used most of this but it has been sat on my shelf for ages and I feel like the smell is changing so time to get rid.

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Fluster
I loved the idea of this but it drags my makeup so the only way to wear this is underneath makeup. I’ve also found that it’s far too bright and doesn’t blend out easily, I ended up having to wear my base over this which seemed pointless and I just don’t reach for it. I’ve tried to use this one up but I just don’t enjoy it so it’s time to go.

Body Shop Shimmer Lotion in Frosted Cranberry
I did use up the rest of my Frosted Cranberry products but I don’t like this shimmer lotion it doesn’t do that much in terms of hydration and the glitter in this is just insane.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Psychadelic Sister
I used to wear colour all of the time but just stopped reaching for this, I found this didn’t work well on the waterline and on the lash line I disliked the glitter. I did keep hold of this but when I used it, it had dried out, I did try sharpen it but again it’s completely dry now and unusuable.

Gosh Velvet Touch Liner in Sky High
I’ve had this for years, way longer than I probably should have had an eyeliner. It’s a nice liner, it does work on the waterline and lash line and I love the blue metallic finish but it’s not something I use on a daily basis and it’s probably expired or is close to it now.

Collection Matt Lip Butter in Marshmallow Pink
I didn’t like this, I’ve had lip crayons before but this one I’d broke a while ago anyway. For me, the formula is just too dry it sucks the hydration out and dries my lips out really badly and it often looks patchy on me. At this point, it’s just so drying I don’t use for it and I’ve had a while.

Illamasqua Eye Liner in Noble
I was disappointed with this, it is very pigmented and I love the sky blue shade but this doesn’t take on the waterline at all as it’s a very dry product. On the lids this is nice but it just doesn’t last so I have to constantly top up only for it to fade again quickly. Not a fan unfortunately.

Empties

Haircare

Colab Dry Shampoo Original
Colab dry shampoo is now my absolute favourite, I just love how it reduces oil in my hair without leaving a white cast plus it smells nice and is affordable. I’ve already picked up another Colab dry shampoo but this time the fruity scent.
Repurchase? Already have.

Herbal Essences Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (samples)
I got these in a magazine, I do like Herbal Essences and currently have their Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioners on the go, I’ll be reviewing these sachets this week, I would probably use them again.
Repurchase? No.

Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray
I love this texturising spray especially as it’s a product that I can use on dry hair. I’ve gone through countless of these. I do feel like the range has changed the scent which I’m not massively keen on however, the product performs as well as usual. I’m not getting another one of these yet as I have a Bumble and Bumble product to try but I would in the future.
Repurchase? No.

Philip Kingsley Maximizer (mini)
This was sent as a PR sample, I do really like this if I’m wearing my hair curly, the volume this gives is amazing and it genuienly makes my hair at least twice as thick as normal without any coarseness or buildup. I do use this when my hair is wet and since it is a mist type product I don’t use it on my straightened hair so won’t repurchase in the forseeable future.
Repurchase? No.

Skincare
Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask
This was a very good face mask for removing my dry patches and I did like the rose clay ingredient. Having said that this use walnut shell to scrub at the skin and it was quite harsh on the skin. This didn’t do any major damage but my skin was noticeably redder after using this and I feel like I’d prefer to exfoliate in future with acids over this.
Repurchase? No.

Miscellaneous
Crabtree and Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Cream (mini)
I didn’t expect to like this so I was really pleasantly surprised. This was a lovely hand cream, the scent was absolutely amazing and I loved the formula as well, super hydrating and quick to sink in. I would definitely use this again but at the moment I have a few hand creams in my stash so will be using those first.
Repurchase? No.

Dove Original Roll on Deodorant x2
My go to deodorant, Dove have just released a floral edition which I have and it smells amazing. I like how gentle the formula is, at the moment my Eczema has flared on my armpits and this keeps me sweat free without exacerbating it.
Repurchase? No.

Superdrug Cotton Balls
A bog standard basic essential, these were good and they’re affordable, you get a lot for your money and they did the job, at the moment I have some cotton pads I’m using up but will likely go back to these.
Repurchase? Yes.

Avon Concealer Brush
I’ve had this for years and it’s just completely broke so time for the bin, I think this was a concealer brush. I used this for foundations without a pump to dip this in and apply to my face before blending with a sponge, it did the trick but the brush head was scratchy.
Repurchase? No.

Primark Brush
I got this in a set from my secret santa, unfortunately the glue has just worn away so the head keeps falling off, I did keep reattaching but it does keep falling off again so I’m just going to let it go.
Repurchase? No.

Nails
L’oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Hypnotic Red
I was given this polish by my friend Georgiana and I’ve completely used it up. I did enjoy using this and want to try more L’oreal nail polishes, the whites range looked amazing and I’ve heard good things about the oil ones. I have a different red in my collection so wouldn’t repurchase this specific shade.
Repurchase? No.

Seventeen Nail Art Pens in Black and White
These came in a nail art set I got years ago, these have just completely dried up now which I realised when I did my umbrella nail art tutorial! These are not available anymore and Seventeen as a brand is being discontinued so no repurchase.
Repurchase? No.

Superdrug Acetone Nail Polish Remover
My go to nail polish remover this is affordable, accessible and it works. No complaints from me on this I have repurchased already.
Repurchase? Already have.

Bodycare
Veet Hair Removal Cream
I had this for my Christmas do and still had a bit left to use so I used that up, to be honest I don’t mind using hair removal cream but this just wasn’t very effective and I’d have to shave after using it anyway, I actually prefer Nair so wouldn’t get this again.
Repurchase? No.

Body Shop Mini Body Scrub in Frosted Cranberry
This came in a Christmas set I’d got in the sale, the sugar scrub was effective but at the same time it felt a little harsh on the skin I also felt that the scent was way too sweet for me.
Repurchase? No.

Body Shop Mini Shower Gel in Frosted Cranberry
This was okay, I’ve had other products I prefer like my Nivea Cashmere Moments which is much creamier, leaves my skin super soft and is cheaper so I probably wouldn’t get this again. I do have a different Body Shop Shower Gel in my stash though.
Repurchase? No.

Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Mist
I was gifted this as a Christmas present a while ago, I love the smell of this however, the smell doesn’t last on the skin. I know that is probably because it’s a mist but was sitll a bit of a shame. This was a nice product to use but it’s not something I’d rush out to buy.
Repurchase? No.

Impulse Tease Body Spray
I’ve gone through multiple cans of this, it’s a great body spray that smells much more expensive than it actually is and I love the fruity scent of this.
Repurchase? Yes.

Makeup
Essence Lash Princess Mascara
I’d had this for so long that I decided to toss this as it was past its expiry date. I didn’t like this mascara it was far too wet and ended up transferring and running, it also glued a lot of my lashes together and made them look clumpy.
Repurchase? No.

Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Primer and Illuminator
I think this was a nice idea but missed the mark. As a highlighter I loved the shade however, the liquid formula made it harder to work with as it could end up lifting the base. I did use this as an all over primer and got away with it however, I found it did nothing for my pores at all and didn’t actually prime the skin properly. Multi-purpose products are useful but only if they really excel one way or another.
Repurchase? No.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist
I loved this, I never thought I’d finish a liquid lipstick but I certainly did use up this one. I loved the shade and formula of this and after reviewing it I used it daily until I’d finished it up. Really impressed with this and want to try more of the range now.
Repurchase? Yes.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
This concealer was different to my usual it wa smuch lighter and offered less coverage but was more radiant. At first I did really like this however, towards the end I noticed it had a tendency to sink into fine lines, also it was quite yellow which seems to be a common thing with Bourjois products. I would use this again but for now I opted to go back to my Collection concealer instead.
Repurchase? Possibly but not at the moment.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation
My go-to foundation I’m currently on the hunt for a new foundation that will have a decent longevity but won’t cost as much. I have repurchased this as it is my holy grail, the coverage on this is amazing and my shade Bone is a good match for me however, it is kind of like wearing a mask.
Repurchase? Already have.

Clarins Smooth Perfecting Touch (sample)
This was okay but I’ve found pore filling products I prefer, I did also feel like this left my skin a tad tight and sore.
Repurchase? No.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and if you enjoy empties posts or would prefer more of a roundup post.

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Beauty Blender The Original Review and Comparison

Beauty blender has become somewhat of a buzzword, in fact it’s managed to integrate itself so well into the beauty world that the name has become synonymous with any sort of blending sponge really. I’ve heard the Beauty Blender being praised and hyped for months and though I love my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I popped this on my wishlist and got it as one of my Christmas presents. Here’s my full thoughts on the Beauty Blender with a few direct comparisons with the Real Techniques sponge.

Starting with the packaging and price, I’ll be honest I wasn’t massively impressed with Beauty Blender for this. The packaging is quite simply a bit of plastic with tape over the top, the plastic can easily be squished in your hand so it just seems a little flimsy when the product inside is a sponge? The Real Techniques uses more plastic and a thicker type, though neither are great for the environment it is sturdier. The Beauty Blender retails for £17.00 now with the price sometimes increasing for different colours!

The Beauty Blender is described on Cult Beauty as the following:
The patent-pending, elliptical-shaped Beautyblender cosmetic sponge was created by Rea Ann Silva to give a flawless airbrush finish to your complexion. The fuchsia sponge’s unique shape means you can use it all over the face. It’s latex-free, non-irritating, non-allergenic and odourless. It’s both long-lasting and easily washable.”

Size and Shape
The size of this is quite small, it’s not quite as small as some of the micro sponges that are available but it smaller than the Real Techniques which is both a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that the pointed tip and smaller size of this means that it’s better for getting into smaller areas such as the inner corners of the eyes for concealer but in honesty I usually use a concealer brush anyway for harder to reach areas. The downside to the smaller size is that you can’t cover a large surface area quickly so this does mean that it takes me a little longer to apply my foundation using this. I also prefer the shape of the Real Techniques as the flat edge on that sponge is perfect for around the nostrils and places like my neck and chin.

Absorption
I noticed that the Beauty Blender doesn’t absorb as much as the Real Techniques and even when I wet it I can see the small holes on the Beauty Blender. In a way this means that the Beauty Blender doesn’t absorb as much product but I did find that because it still feels quite dry even after soaking it with water, it is harder to blend out products with it. One of the things I love about the Real Techniques is that because it absorbs water and product it’s much better for blending. Let’s say I apply a cream blush over a foundation and I’m too heavy handed, the excess foundation on the RT sponge means I can quickly correct the blusher mistake but with the Beauty Blender I would have to add more foundation. I also prefer the feeling of a softer, damper sponge over the drier texture of the Beauty Blender.

Finishing
I actually took an extra couple of weeks to review this because I struggled to tell a difference between this and the RT when applying my foundation so to properly test I used both sponges for my Estee Lauder Doublewear and my L’oreal True Match. I found that with foundations that are thinner in consistency and runnier, the Beauty Blender was a smidgen better at applying an even coverage. For my Estee Lauder Double wear the RT sponge was better. Comparing the two side by side I found that the texture and absorption of the Beauty Blender meant it was hard to build up coverage with the sponge as the Beauty Blender could lift away product whereas the Real Techniques was much better at pushing the product into the skin. The Beauty Blender makes me feel like product is sat on top of the skin whereas the Real Techniques makes me feel like the product is properly pushed into the skin and blended seamlessly.

Overall
Overall I actually prefer the Real Techniques sponge, I think it’s much better value for money and it performs better. I’m yet to fully trash a Beauty Blender but a good few articles online have said that the Real Techniques sponge lasts longer as well. I know that a lot of people highly rate the Beauty Blender but in my opinion the Real Techniques sponge is better! While I don’t hate the Beauty Blender I personally wouldn’t recommend it and if you are in the market for a new sponge I’d highly recommend you choose a Real Techniques one!

The Beauty Blender is available from Cult Beauty for £15.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried either sponge and which one you prefer, I’d be really interested to know!

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The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter Review

Although I don’t moisturise as religiously as I used to, I will admit that I am partial to a decent sized body butter or body moisturiser. After a shower there’s just something so soothing about rubbing in a gloriously scented thick cream until the skin and feeling how hydrated and soft your skin feels afterwards. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while since I was using up the Frosted Cranberry one before, here’s my thoughts on The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter.

Like all body butters from The Body Shop, this 200ml body butter comes in a large plastic tub with a lid that screws on and off. I have noticed that these body butters have crept up in price so a 200ml body butter from The Body Shop will now set you back £15.00 which is just shy of a MAC lipstick! For the amount you get though I consider these to be mid-range in price.

I’m going to jump right in and talk about the scent of this one. I am a huge passionfruit scent lover, I’ve gone through the Grace Cole Passionfruit and Guava Body Mist and I have repurchased and used up The Body Shop Born Lippy in Passionberry so I was really excited for this body butter.

This butter has a scent that I am on the fence about, to me it smells more florally like passionflower which is of course a huge difference to the juicy, fruity scent that I was hoping for. I did also find that this is one of those scents that sticks in and tickles your throat, my boyfriend has asthma and whilst he’s fine with me wearing perfume and using lotions and bath bombs, this is one of those that makes him cough so do bear that in mind.

Onto the texture of this product, as you can see by the photo above it has a very thick cream texture. I will say that this doesn’t absorb into the skin super quickly however, once it has absorbed it won’t leave you skin feeling greasy for hours which is one of the things I like about The Body Shop’s body butters. I also like how this leaves my skin, it doesn’t give me that insta-softness that something from Lush does, but it definitely hydrates and softens my skin and I have noticed since I’ve been using this more that I’m not getting as many dry patches.

Would I repurchase? Overall, I do like The Body Shop’s body butters however, I’m not overtly keen on this scent. This isn’t horrendous so I am trying to use it up but I think I’d pick a different scent next time, I’m really keen to try the Honey and Almond Milk which sounds incredible, plus the Japanese Camellia cream does also have me curious. This Passionfruit scent isn’t available all year round so if you are keen to try it, keep your eyes open around autumn time as it does tend to come back out then!

The Body Shop Body Butters are available from The Body Shop for £15.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of The Body Shop body butters and is so which scents do you recommend? I think the best one I tried from there was the Almond scent which was amazing!

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Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

I do love trying new mascaras, in fact I’ve tried a fairly decent number but love trying out new formulas. In the past I’ve not had a great experience with Essence mascaras, I tried the Essence Get Big Lashes mascara and it just didn’t do it for me, my lashes were clumpy, and there was no lengthening or separation. I’d heard great things about the Lash Princess though and since I needed a new mascara I figured that at £3.30 I couldn’t really go wrong, here’s my thoughts.

Starting with the packaging I’ll be honest I don’t like this. The design was quite cute but the plastic feels cheap and the writing has run off so this now resembles a tube of Collection concealer. I don’t like to judge a book by its cover but the packaging could be improved. The price point is more than fair though, it’s only £3.30 which is bargainous for a mascara.

Wilko’s describe the Essence Lash Princess mascara as the following:
Very royal! The Lash Princess mascara has a specially-shaped cobra-head wand, which covers each individual lash to create dramatic volume and a gorgeous, sweeping look – for intensive fluttering lashes. Just as unique as any princess, the mascara is presented in a bottle that looks like a beautiful evening gown.”

I’ll be honest I completely missed the evening gown design, to me it looked more like a heiroglyphic design but eh well. Let’s take a look at the brush.

The brush is curved which looks like it’s going to hug the lashes however, this uses synthetic fibers rather than a plastic wand. Though I do like some fiber mascaras (Soap and Glory Thick and Fast) I generally get on better with plastic wands as they provide more resistance so coat my lashes better. I found that this wand didn’t really work for me lashes in honesty, it couldn’t get right into the roots like plastic bristles and the wet formula and softer brush meant that it was difficult to layer this up.

The first thing I noticed was that the formula was exceedinly wet, when I first started using this I found that I instantly got transfer which you can see in the above photo. I also found that the wet formula clumped my lashes together easily and once it dried they could look like spiders legs. the formula also seemed to break down during the day, I found myself wiping away smudges from the corners of my eyes and this also would run and flake off until halfway through the day I looked like I didn’t have mascara on at all.

I did end up leaving this for a few months and by the time it had dried out more I did find that it performed slightly better giving me more length and separation however, the transfer still was an issue, I also don’t like leaving mascaras open as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Though I managed to get away with using this months down the line in this photo, I did notice that the smell was starting to change a little bit so I have got this in my bin pile now, I also disagree with the notion of letting a mascara dry out to increase the performance. Since mascaras can only last between three and six months before they need to be tossed, I don’t want to have to leave a product until it’s almost expired just to get it to work for me.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this, I have noticed that a lot of rave reviews show the mascara with the green design which looks like it has a different brush but this just didn’t do it for me. If you like very wet formulas then you may get on with this but for me, this was just a major disappointment so I wouldn’t repurchase or recommend.

The Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara is available from Wilko for £3.30.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, have you tried Essence mascaras? There’s quite a selection so I’ll admit I’m still tempted to try one more, the Maximum Volume with the unusual brush has piqued my interest but having been disappointed with both Essence mascaras I’ve tried I’m not sure it’s worth it, let me know in the comments which mascaras you like to use!

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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Review

I’ll be honest, out of all of the higher end brands, Clarins is just one that never really appealed to me. I don’t know if it’s that some of their skincare products don’t work for me, whether it’s the fact that their perfumes don’t smell nice to me or if it’s just that their makeup products don’t seem to excite me but the brand feels a little dated to me aimed at women older than myself. I sound mean I know I did feel the same way about Clinique and Estee Lauder but both those brands released modern products (pop range and the Estee edit) aimed at the younger audience and I felt that Clarins never really caught up. Anyway, I digress, their Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is a cult product deemed the ultimate pore filler by many, I had a sample of this sat in my stash and since my skin is quite oily right now I thought it was the perfect time to use it…

The Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is hailed by many as the pot of pore filler, for years women have turned to this product to deal with enlarged pores and noticeable wrinkles. Imagine it to be the motor to your bricks or the white putty used to fill in a small hole in your wall. This is the skincare version, designed, to fill in, hide and redefine your skin’s texture. Of course this does come at a price, as a high end brand Clarins products don’t come cheaply, so a glorious red jar of this will set you back by £26.50.

The Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is described by Boots as the following:
The perfect marriage of make-up and skin care for a really spectacular beauty effect. A magical melting, invisible texture which perfectly smoothes the skin by leaving an imperceptible veil over its surface. Wrinkles and fine lines are visually minimized to guarantee a flawless complexion.

With the fingertips, apply a fine layer to the areas concerned (wrinkles, fine lines, dilated pores). Instant Smooth can be used alone or before make-up. In this case, wait a few minutes before applying foundation or powder. You can also mix Instant Smooth with your Clarins liquid foundation, for a guaranteed flawless complexion!

When you look at the swatch of this it’s actually a pale pink which I think is a nice little addition, if you do use this as a primer then you’d hope for a brightening effect which the pink gives, I have yellow toned skin and once I’d rubbed this in I didn’t see any standout pink marks on my skin which is a bonus. I did smell this for fragrance and I didn’t detect any obvious traces of perfume though I haven’t seen an ingredients list for this.

As you may be able to tell by the swatch this has a very dry texture, it is also incredibly silicone feeling, I don’t particularly mind this as my skin is oily at the moment and I would expect that from a texture smoothing product but if you hate primers that have that silicone slip to them then you definitely won’t like this.

On the skin this doesn’t feel as lightweight as some of the other silicone primers I’ve used in the past, both Maybelline’s Baby Skin and Benefit’s Porefessional were more lightweight on the face however, I do feel that the Clarins is more heavy duty. While this isn’t a product that will physically weight down your face, as a primer this did feel heavier to me than other primers I’ve tried before so I would disagree with the texture claims. Yes this is undetectable in terms of colour and finish but when wearing this you can definitely feel it on the skin.

So how did it perform? I use this on an area of my skin that has a lot of large pores at the moment and I did notice that the pores were filled in and were reduced dramatically so I think that if pores are a skin concern then you will like this, I can see why this is loved by oily skinned people. I didn’t try this under my eyes on my fine lines as it felt heavy on the face and the eye area is quite delicate so I think this would have left my eyes feeling heavy and sore, I would be interested to see Clarins make a more lightweight version of this that is more appropriate for the eye area.

This did help to even out my skin’s texture which did make my foundation go on more smoothly so I am pleased with that, having said that I actually have combination skin so it did feel like this dried by skin out a little bit and my skin did feel ever so slightly tight so do be warned. If you have oily skin I think that you will really like this but if you have sensitive, dry or combination skin you may find that you don’t get along with this or have to use it more sparingly.

Overall, this did fill in pores but there are other primers that I prefer, I think when this was first released it would have been a revolutionary product however, with so many pore minimising options out there now I don’t think it’s the best I’ve tried. I get the feeling that people try this a lot more for wrinkle reducing purposes, since I’m in my early twenties I can’t really comment on that so if you do have mature skin I’d recommend reading a few different reviews on this to find out if it’s for you. Personally, I don’t think I’d repurchase this, I didn’t hate it, it was okay but it didn’t blow me away and for me, it’s not worth the price tag.

The Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is available from Boots for £26.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this and what you thought of it, do you use Clarins, if you have any recommendations please let me know!

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Umbrella Nail Art Tutorial

I’ll be honest, I planned this post, started the tutorial and then realised that my nail art pens had dried up…eeek! Having said that, I made do and the main purpose of this post is something fun and easy, plus hopefully you’ll be able to use the design and do a neater job than I did with polishes that are not dry! Since spring is here, I think everyone will be getting out their brollies since it’s raining so much lately, what better way to celebrate swapping snow for showers than with funky nails?

(L-R: Illamasqua Noble, Illamasqua Omen, Seventeen Nail Art Pen White, Seventeen Nail Art Pen Black)

You will need:
A blue nail polish
A polish of your choice (bright shades work well for this)
A black thin tipped polish or nail art pen
Optional: A white thin tipped polish or pen

Step One

After applying your base coat, take your blue nail polish and apply over the entire nail and allow to dry.

Step Two

Taking your bright shade apply to the top third of the nail, don’t worry too much about being super crisp and neat with this as we will be correcting in the next step. If possible dry and create a few curves almost like an m shape at the bottom edge of the colour but if not don’t worry about it! Allow to dry.

Step Three

Taking your black thin tipped polish or nail art pen, outline the shape of the umbrella. If you struggle with neatness a simple zigzag line at the bottom of the bright shade will do, if you’re feeling more confident, attempt to create proper curves for the bottom of the umbrella. At the points of your line/curves, draw lines running to the tip of the nail to show the different panels of the umbrella. Finally draw a straight line with a curved bottom of the umbrella. Allow to dry then apply a top coat to finish unless you do the optional step.

Optional step
I couldn’t do this since my white had dried up but using your white you can create little dots and dashes in the blue area to represent rain! Alternatively you can create drops with a dotting tool and a grey polish, or use the black to outline shapes of raindrops, don’t forget to apply your top coat if you haven’t already.

That concludes this post, quick and easy and hopefully yours ends up less messy than mine! If you enjoyed this post, please hit the like button and let me know if you ever try nail art, does it interest you or do you find it too much of a fuss?

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Spring Beauty Edit 2018

We’re definitely into spring now swapping snow for rain showers and to be honest I’m so glad to see spring as it’s my favourite season! Now that it’s a little warmer, it’s time to crack out shades of blush pink, creamy blushers that just melt into the skin and neutral hues for the lips and so in true seasonal fashion I’ve gathered some products that I’ll be reaching for a lot of the next few months. I’ve also realised I missed a winter edit plus I fancy switching up the format rather than listing products – hope you like it!

Blush Pink
Blush pink is one of those shades that reappears every springtime just as the flowers start to bloom. I’ll admit I never was much of a pink lover until I realised that it compliments my skintone. Pink eyeshadows tend to make my green eyes stand out more and soft pinks on the lips and cheeks add a feminine softness. For the eyes I think I’ll be using my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette a lot more and for lips I have two options from Collection, the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in Cotton Candy is an old favourite with a smooth, cream formula. The Collection Matt Lip Butter in Marshmallow Pink is much more drying than it sounds but provides the easy application of a chunky crayon.

Pastels
Again a trend that is timeless, usually I use pastels for nails but again I’ll be using these on my eyes for a subtle wash of colour that I can get away with in the daytime. The Essence 3D Eyeshadows in Irresistible Summer Sea and Irresistible Purr-ple are great options for those on a budget looking for duos eyeshadows. Those these do have fallout and won’t compare to higher end brands they certainly pack a punch for only a couple of pounds. The duos are handy since you can use the paler shade and then team with the darker shade for an instant eye look. For something a little more unusual, I love the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic this is quite possibly my all time favourite eyeshadow, it’s a beautiful lavendar with a blue duochrome shift that instantly makes my eye colour pop and has all of those unicorn vibes, I really do love this and am yet to find anything quite like it.

Nudes
Nudes are failsafe shades and they’re great for mixing and matching with pastels or using them to further soften those dusty pinks. There’s something so classy about a nude nail and I’ve been enjoying the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond it’s budget friendly, has a beautiful glossy finish and a longlasting formula, all for under a fiver. The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude is a staple in my routine, I find that black liner often runs, smudges or drops throughout the day so I wear this on my waterline instead, it’s low maintenance and instantly brightens my eyes by hiding those red rims.

Pops of Pink
Since I’m now somewhat of a pink lover when it comes to makeup, I don’t limit myself to just blush tones, I’ll be using pops of blue toned pinks and raspberries to add depth to my makeup. The Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Strawberry Mousse is a pale, blue toned pink, don’t think Barbie instead think of the shade of a marshmallow and you’ve got it, plus the matte finish is easily wearable. The other blusher shades I have are both creams and are slightly bolder, the ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker is a gorgeous cream blusher with a velvet texture that helps it blend seamlessly into the skin, this is very pigmented so a little really does go a long way but if you do accidentally go overboard (I did it this morning) a damp beauty sponge will fix it no problem. The MUA Luxe Velvet Whipped Blusher in Ritzy looks scary in the pan but don’t be fooled, this is actually a fuchsia shade but when it’s on the skin it has this sheered out watercolour effect that just looks stunning, I could do without the occasional glitter particle in this but honest it’s a beautiful product that feels much more luxurious than the price would suggest.

For lips I have the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa it’s a mid-toned blue based pink so it won’t be for everyone but I do get a lot of compliments when I wear this so I need to crack it out again! The Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry is a deeper shade than the Nyx but the moisturising formula means that it’s easy to wear, just watch out for smears!

Brightening
Now that I’m in my twenties, I love using brightening products to lift my complexion and fake lots of sleep and a healthy glow to my skin. The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has just been launched with new shades so I’ve now got the palest 00. I will admit this is so much better, this concealer can oxidise slightly throughout the day so the paler shade really helps to brighten my under eyes and accounts for any darkening.

I have a couple of highlighting products both of which have that cool toned icy pink that I’m still obsessed with. The Nars Illuminator in Copacabana is a liquid highlighter, I’m now always enamoured with liquid formulas but this one is so lightweight and offers a beautiful icy sheen to the skin, I especially like this underneath foundation. I’m more of a powder highlighter fan personally and the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter is a gorgeous frosty pink that can either be applied subtly or built up for a blinding intense finish, at only £4.00 this is a stunner and I’ve actually hit pan on this.

Finally, is another blusher, this one just brightens the fact so beautifully and really gives the skin a healthy pinky coral glow, the formula is stunning as well and it’s none other than the Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose De Jaspe this is a cult product and for good reason, it’s brightens and warms the face and makes my cheeks look healthy, perfect for draping too.

Hydration
The shift between colder and warmer weather has of course taken its toll on my skin plus work still has the heating on! Though I’m not so much mentioning skincare products in this post, there are a few little products that I’ll be using to keep my skin hydrated.

Lip balm is a must for me and I have one thicker one and then a thinner tinted one. The Body Shop Lip Butter in Pink Grapefruit smells very fruity and the thick formula is great on an evening almost as an overnight treatment for my lips. This one does have a white cast so it’s not one I’d wear in the day but it’s nice first thing in a morning and right before bed. The Vaseline Rosy Lips is a product I’ve loved for years, the sweet almond oil makes this feel more luxurious than it is and I love the pink tint which is just perfect for spring time.

The Essence Nail Repairing Oil isn’t a product that springs to mind in a beauty edit, but my nails are dry and flaky as are my cuticles and the endless nail paint and cold weather doesn’t help! I like to use this nail polish after removing polish before I apply a fresh coat just to protect and hydrate my nails, it also smells like sweets so again great for spring!

So there we have it, a new seasonal edit and in a different format! If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of the format plus any recommendations you might have.

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