Saturated Colour’s #eSCexmeetup 

Yesterday I was one of several Essex based bloggers who had the opportunity to attend the #eSCexbbmeetup. The event was hosted by Essex’s very own independent cosmetic brand Saturated Colour

Specialising in innovative lip products Sarurated Colour was launched in 2015, previously under the name of Kiss Cosmetics. 

Creator Danielle Fenwick has focused on creating high quality lip products that remain at affordable prices. The brand is also 100% cruelty free with some products even being suitable for vegans. 


During the Event we had the opportunity to take part in a lip art competition. Alas I didn’t win But it did mean we had the chance to have a good old play with many of the products. 

The products I used to create my ombré lip look are listed in the picture below. 



So far I am really impressed with all the products  I have tried. Everything is comfortable to wear, even the Make Me Matte, an ingenious product that will transform any lipstick into a matte finish. 
We also had the chance to chat with other bloggers whislt enjoying some buffet and mocktails. Yum!


We all went home with a goody bag of personally selected products to try out at home, including some coconut oil from vita coco, who sponsored the event. 

I’m promised a sweep of sheerstick is perfect for busy mums like myself. 


Off course I also did a tiny little bit of shopping whilst I was there. Well with a 3 for 2 offer I couldn’t not! I shall do a post later on with swatches and I depth review. 

Thank you to the lovely ladies at Saturated colour for inviting me, it was a very fun afternoon. 

Bye for now, Katy x

Spring Make-up Trend | Shades of Blue

   I’m not usually one to follow makeup trends. However the various blue makeup looks that popped up all over the spring/summer 2016 catwalks are a trend I will be taking inspiration from. 

My favourite looks came from Jonathon Saunders, it had the right balance of natural make-up offset with heavy blue liner.  It’s a look that is wearable and doesn’t require too many makeup application skills other than a steady hand. 

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Of course this called for a rifle through my stash before I went dashing of to Boots to buy a blue eyeliner. Good thing as I already have some options perfect for this look. 

See I’m growing as a person, the shopaholic in me is subsiding.

 

As you can see when swatched They are all vivid blues of various tones. 

 1. No7 Metalic Eyes Pencil – 03 Blue £7.50

2. Rimmel Eyeshadow Stick – Electric Sapphire £4.49 (note the shade names are wrong on boots.com)

3. Kiko Cosmetics Long lasting Stick – 31 Iris Blue £6.90

When dried these are all pretty excellent quality and don’t budge. 

 

I am wearing the Kiko long lasting stick in the picture below. I love it as it brings out the blue in my eyes. 

 

Will you be wearing some blue this spring? 

Do you follow Make-up trends?

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Make-up Challenge – The £5 Face 

I don’t know about you but January usually means I’m feeling a bit on the broke side. Queue one glum face, dreaming of being able to go on a shopping trip again in what seems like the very distant future. 

Actually this was the best pic I could capture showing the simple make-up look I created using just £5 worth of make-up. Yes I’m serious!  
 

How? Well, I turned to budget brand MUA and also used my products in not quite their traditional manner as a multi tasking products. 

 
The products, I used included;

MUA Matte Foundation – £2 (mine is old packaging/formula)

MUA Lipstick in shade Nectar – £1

This doubled up as lipstick and blusher. I just blended out a couple of dots of it on each cheek for a natural peachy flush. 

  

MUA Brow Pencil in shade Brunette – £1 As a brow pencil this is great! I didn’t stop there though and used it to tight line and blended in my crease to define my eyes. Yup there was no room in the budget for eyeshadow.  A girl can make do though! 

  

Lastly I finished up with a spot of MUA’s £1 mascara. 

What do you think of my little budgeting experiment? Could you get by on £5 worth of make-up? Processed with Moldiv

Makeup Revolution Newt-rals vs Neutrals Palette 

Now that autumn is well and truely upon us I’m feeling the need to switch up my makeup.

The changing colours of autumn from summer tones to deeper rich berries gold and burnt oranges filter into my makeup choices.

The recently released New-trails vs Neutrals eyeshadow palette £6.99 from Makeup Revolution has nailed Autumn.

It contains a beautiful selection of burnt orange and berry tones in a selection of 16 matte and shimmer shades. All of which have a buttery texture that blend well and are easy to work with. Bonus marks also go to Makeup revolution for including a pretty decent double ended eyeshadow brush.

 

In order as they appear inside palette

 

I don’t think my swatches actually do the the pigmentation of the palette justice. These were actually swatched very lightly but still show the shades off beautifully.

For me the palettes strength lies in it’s versitilty. You could use this all through out autumn and winter and create a multitude of different looks from natural to high impact without having to reach for anything else, unless you fancy some green that is.

I have included some pictures of some of the different ways I have used this palette.

 

For me my relationship with this palette has been love at first use. It has made it’s way to my upcoming holiday packing list as I know I won’t be need anything else with me.

Priced at £6.99 it really is great value for money. If you we’re to purchase just make-up item this Autumn I highly recommend it be this, you won’t be left disappointed.

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Freedom Cosmetics Pro Blush & Highlight Palette Review 

Hot off the success of Make-up Revolutions launch a year ago It’s creators have brought out a sister brand Freedom Cosmetics London.

Focus is in providing professional quality cosmetics at affordable prices. Now I have to admit I was a bit meh about the original launch. Surely this is just Make-up revolution with a different name? So I didn’t rush out to try anything.

My interest was peeked though when I had the opportunity to try this pallette as one of beautycrowdpro’s member deals. Well it would be daft not to! I snapped one up pretty sharpish, and I’m so glad I did. My pre misconceptions about the brand  were proven to be quite unfair. This palette is pretty darn good!

The Pro Blush & Highlight Palette in bronze & baked is priced at a very purse friendly £6. It would make a great choice for someone that is looking to start experimenting with contouring or who is on a tight budget. 

The palette contains 2 matte bronzers and 6 shimmering highlights enabling you to experiment with different looks.

As you can see when swatched all shades are highly pigmented. Texture wise it doesn’t disappoint either with no hint of chalkiness.

 

I found that the matte shades are perfect for contouring as there is no hint of orange to them.

I’m so glad more budget brand make-up companies are moving away from only producing darker orange bronzers (well on my fair skin they looked orange). A few years ago you would have to look to the higher end brands for a bronzer that suited paler skin. Thankfully the budget make-up brands have all upped their game. Anyway I’ve digressed slightly.

Packaging wise this is actually very similar to what you would expect from Make-up Revolution. I would say though that with it’s simple white lettering against the glossy black Freedom is actually a bit more sleeker looking. Bonus points also for including a decent sized mirror!


Now I have tested the waters with Freedom Cosmetics I’m keen to see what else the brand has to offer. The pro melts lip glosses look very interesting.

If you wanted to check this palette out for yourself it is available from beautycrowd at the super value price of £6.

Have you tried anything from Freedom Cosmetics before? Feel free to recommend anything else from the brand I should be trying out.

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Bell Cosmetics – Hypoallergenic Make-up for sensitive skin

Make-up is great for boosting ones self-confidence but what do you do if you have sensitive skin? Go without? Well that’s Okay for everyday but what if you have a special occasion and want to look a little bit more glam? I may have the answer for you.

Bell cosmetics is an award-winning hypoallergenic makeup brand that is now available from Beauty Crowd. The range is designed so that it is suitable for anyone to use, even those with sensitive skin that can be easily irritated. The eye make-up is also suitable for contact lens wearers.

Fear not if you are concerned about animal cruelty, all products are certified cruelty free with some of the range extended to be suitable for vegans.

I have tried the BB Mouse Make-up £6.95 and Fixing Mat Powder £5.95.  Both of these I am highly impressed with.


The BB Mouse make-up gives a lovely light even coverage. It’s just enough to perk up my complexion without looking like I’m caked in make-up. It’s not great at covering prominent spots so you will still need to use a concealer but it evens out discolouration beautifully. Not only that it blends out easily with a brush and lasts all day.

 The picture below shows the level of coverage you can achieve without using concealer or before applying any other make-up.


The Fixing Mat Powder I am equally impressed with. It does a great job at setting make-up and reducing shine without looking cakey. Used around the eyes it’s perfect for setting under eye concealer without settling in fine lines, so great for us slightly older ladies. As the powder is white it also reflects the light so minimising the appearance of those pesky fine lines.

 I can honestly say I am hugely impressed with the products I have tried from Bell Cosmetics. The quality is high yet is at a very affordable price point ranging from £3.50-£8.95I am keen to try out some of the other products in the range. Notably their Mascara’s and eyeshadow bases. I have sensitive eyes that react to certain make-up so would be interested to see if these are suitable products.

Is sensitivity to certain make-up a problem for you? What Brands have you found are suitable for you?

Tutorial – Make-up tips for looking Freshfaced & Awake 

Do you sometimes wake up, look at yourself in the mirror and think, jeez I really could do with going back to bed?    You just know those dark circles will fade with some extra sleep. 

Life though isn’t going to let that happen as you’ve got to get your act to together fast and be looking bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for your busy day ahead. 

Well that is how I feel on a regular basis. All I can say is thank god there’s make-up in the world. I might not be feeling awake but I can fake it. This doesn’t have to mean looking like I’m wearing loads of make-up either. No, I have developed myself a little routine that is perfect for everyday. It’s quick and leaves me looking fresh faced, wide awake and like I’ve got my act together.  

Let me show you my little routine that takes me from this sleepy state to wide awake

 
Most importantly before I even begin to think about make-up I make sure I have cleansed, toned and moisturised properly. This gives me a good blank canvas to be working with. 

I like to use BB cream on an everyday basis as it provides me with a light natural looking complexion. I put this on before any concealer as otherwise the act of blending my BB cream in moves all that carefully applied concealer around my face and not where I wanted it to be. 

 

Next up I use a yellow concealer to color correct those dark circles. 

Why yellow? It is the opposite of purple on the colour spectrum so neutralises the discolouration. 

I like to use a small foundation brush in a patting motion rather than dragging. This ensures the concealer stays where Intended.

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to take the concealer right into the corners of your eye and onto the  inner part of the eyelid. This area tends to be the darkest. 

  

As that yellow concealer can look a little bit strange I then reach for a lightweight skin toned concealer. This Wake me Up concealer by Rimmel does the job perfectly. It is so lightweight meaning that it doesn’t settle and crease in the fine lines around my eyes.  This is currently on offer in Superdrug at £4.49 instead of it’s usual £5.49. 

When applying I draw an upside down triangle under each eye. Yes I know I look like a clown, but once blended with a tapping motion it helps to reflect light upwards reducing the dark shadows further. 

Finally after going to such an effort I want it all to stay put. This is why I use an under eye setting powder. You can use a normal matte nude eyeshadow for this instead if you don’t have any setting powder. It does the job in the same way. Just use a soft fluffy brush to pat the powder across the eye socket.

The setting powder I have is from E.L.F Cosmetics. It has very fine light diffusing particles that help to reduce the appearance of any fine lines. Unfortunately there isn’t an actual E.L.F cosmetics stockist in the UK anymore, but I’ve checked and there are plenty of International E-bay sellers offering it ranging from £4.66 upwards. 

This next step is probably for me one one of the post important. I fill in my brows with a brow pencil. Groomed brows instantly lift the face and can take years off you. For me having defined my brows makes a huge differance to me looking fresh faced and put together. 

Lastly I like to use a nude eyeliner along my water line and a sweep of mascara and I’m done.

Apologies for the rubbish finished picture, I was battling fading light by this stage. 
 
As you can see the finished look is very natural, and fresh faced looking. If a very natural makeup look isn’t for you then carry on adding some colour cosmetics. For the purpose of this post though I’ve decided to leave it here. 

Have you any make-up tricks you like to use so that you look that bit more awake in the morning? Why not share them in the comments section below. 

 

Do you wear Make-Up to the Gym?

I have a question for my fellow ladies, mainly to settle my own curiosity. How many of you wear make-up when working out? If you do, do you wear a full face of make-up, or just a little? What are you reasons for doing so? 

Why am I asking this? Well, as I said before I’m curious and I do also have a bit of an ulterior motive. 

I attend the gym regularly and have to say I am a bit of a lazy moo when it comes to my appearance. Its usually timed so that I head out straight from the school run, so my preparations extend to making sure I’m not smelling and don’t resemble the appearance of being dragged through a hedge backwards. 

I also only feel like I have had a proper work out if I’m sweating buckets, sorry grim I know, but that’s how it it. It’s because of this I have developed the attitude of why bother with Make-up at the Gym. I’m going to get sweaty, it will clog my pores making my me even more spotty than I already am and come off anyway? 

What I have noticed at my gym anyway is that some ladies do Indeed work out fully made up and next to them I look like a hideous mess, my flaws are on display for all to see. So yes I have to admit that this does dent my self confidence a bit. 

The answer to this would be just to wear make-up and all self confidence would be restored. A little bit of Mascara and concealer won’t hurt? The more sensible side of my brain though tells me to not be so darn stupid and not give in to my insecurities. I’m there to work out not look glamorous, right? 

As you can see I’m in a bit of quandary with this one. Give in to those insecurities or carry on bare faced flaws on show for all to see. What are your thoughts on this? Are you are do or a don’t when it comes to Make-up and working out? What are you reasons for this?   

Create the illusion of big lashes with your eyeliner!

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Do you dream of long fluttering eyelashes? C’mon hands up, I know I do.  Although there are loads of Mascara’s out there promising to give you such lashes, it’s never quite the same as using falsies.

Trouble is, I suck at applying them, it takes me blinking ages. I’ll get one eye right, then can’t do the other, so end up throwing a paddy and removing the one I have managed. There goes another pair waisted. Alas fluttery lashes just don’t seem to be for me!

Well, I do believe I have come up with a solution. With the use of carefully applied eyeliner tricks I can create the illusion of those lashes, without getting my knickers in a twist.

How you ask? Well it’s easy, when you are applying your liquid eyeliner, instead of creating a standard cat flick, create a feathered double flick. The feathered liner mimics the appearance of long curly lashes.

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Check out the difference in the pictures below.

This is using the same mascara, I have just added the feathered eyeliner. The difference is amazing.

What do you think? Would you give this look a try?

Everyday Make-up – Five Minute FOTD

As much as I love my make-up it’s not always possible to indulge myself in lengthy periods of time to apply it.  Obviously if I got out of bed earlier then I could, but no I’m not a morning person, and inevitably run out of time.

Here’s where my handy fail safe kit comes in handy, ready for those mornings I’m in rush. All it takes is five minutes max and I’m done, looking somewhat presentable and ready for the day ahead.

So what’s in that kit?

Monu Illuminating Primer – £25.15

Monu Illuminating Primer  Seventeen on the spot foundation fair – £6.99


 Revlon Age Defying DNA translucent powder – £6.95

Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick – Matte Rush £5

 

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MUA Sweetsheen Lipbalm – Coral Reef  £2

MUA sweetsheen balm - coral reef

 

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara – £19.50

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara I choose this particular foundation as it is full coverage, meaning I can skip concealer. To perk my skin up a bit more though I mix in a drop of Monu Illuminating primer. This gives my skin a nice healthy glow. I just dab this combination on my face, in evenly spread out dots, then blend with my Real Techniques buffing brush.

IMG_5019The next step it to set those areas with powder that are prone to shine, such as my chin, nose and forehead. As this particular powder is translucent I also dab a bit under my eyes, it just helps to set the foundation here better aswell.

All I do then is dab my cheeks with the stick blusher, blending with my fingers, pop on a slick of colour to my lips with the MUA balm  and finally apply a bit of benefit rollerlash mascara. This is perfect as it provides great lift, curl and separation. meaning no worrying about eyelash curlers or clumping.

IMG_5046Oh and I almost forgot my trusty Rimmel Brow This Way in medium £3.99. This is perfect to quickly fill in my brows and give them tidy up in one step.

IMG_5031So that’s my quick 5 minute makeup, it’s a fairly natural look with minimal fuss. Ideal though if I’m running a bit late but still want to look put together.

What do you do with your make up when your in a hurry? Have you tried any of these products before?Processed with Moldiv