Featured Product Friday : Illamasqua Lipstick (Glamore)

 

   
Having heard some great things about Illamsaqua recently, I decided I would bite the bullet and purchase one of their lipsticks. 
They are around the same price as Mac, and have a varied amount of shades. I paid Β£20 for mine from Verythis particular one is in the shade Starkers.  
 


Do I love it? 

Well, I love the shade, it’s very hydrating and it smells lovely. In fairness I love pretty much any type of nude lipstick, I do prefer Matte though and this is satin. 

The website states that it’s long lasting. I suppose that’s half true. If I compare it to the likes of Mac, I would say that yes it lasts a couple of hours if you are not eating or drinking. However I have worn this on some nights out and I did find myself reapplying quite often. 

Would I buy it again?

I really do love the shade, and it makes my lips look lovely and plump! My only problem is how long it lasts for. 

For around Β£20 I could buy 3/4 Revlon lipsticks or 3 Sleek liquid matte me lipsticks which I know last ages and I know I would be happy all round. 

So no, I don’t think I will be buying them again. Totally prepared to try out other bits from their range though, I’m not totally writing them off. Just this particular make of lippy!  
 

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have tried this brand before and if you have any favourite products by them. 

Sam 

Xxxx 


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Contouring with Makeup Revolution Palettes Β 

  

Morning! 

Today I wanted to try out my new contour palettes from Makeup Revolution that I purchased last week. 

I had a bit of a try with some of the shades last week and was super happy with the outcome. So I wanted to start to put them into my daily routine. 

They are cream contour kits, I’ve only ever used powder before, alongside light concealers and darker foundations. So I don’t have a particular technique. 

I am a super messy contourer, due to always being in a rush with the kids. But it looks totally fine once blended out so apologies if anyone thinks I look ridiculous πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
   

 
What I did: 


I applied my normal base of Maybelline Baby Skin. 

Then I took a flat brush for highlighting. Using the first and lightest shade from the light contour palette.  

I applied it under my eyes, tops of cheek bones, chin, edges of my mouth, Cupid’s bow, bridge of my nose, forehead and a small amount of my lower jaw line. These are all the areas I like to highlight on my face. 

Then I took my contour brush and applied the shades that are last on the top line and second last on the bottom line from the dark palette and applied them under my cheekbones, and across the top of my forehead (I usually blend upwards when doing so). 

Then I applied the darkest shade from the dark palette on the edges and end of my nose, Cupid’s bow and under my bottom lip in the crease of my chin. 

I then blended the rough edges using a stippling brush. To make it less harsh. 



Then onto my normal routine, I applied a small amount of Maybelline Better Skin foundation and Maxfaxtor luminizer foundation (mixed together). Then took my expert face brush and applied the smallest amount and gently blended it all in. 

I then took my normal Sleek mini contour powder kit. Used a small amount on my contour areas just to make them pop a bit more. 

For blush I used a small amount of Soap and glory : love at first blush. 

Eyes I used Pop beauty’s sooty black eye liner and Maybelline’s, The Rocket mascara. (Remember I don’t wear eye shadow) 

Brows I used my Collection Work the colour eyebrow kit, using the shade black. 

And finally for my lips I used WetnWild Beauty Benefits Duel Effects lip liner alongside Mac’s Satin Faux lipstick. 
  

I really love these Palettes. They were just under Β£10 each, which I think is a bargain! The packaging and presentation is lovely and they look expensive. 

I obviously cannot compare them to any other cream contour kits because I haven’t tried any as of yet! 

I’m super excited to try their cream blush range as well as many other products they have to offer. 

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know if you have tried these yet πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
 

Winner for Sleek Giveaway!!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  


Firstly I just want to apologise as for some reason my comments/reblog option wasn’t working on some of my posts last week, including the giveaway post. 

So instead I wrote down all the names of people who liked the post itself! I stuck them all in a hat and Penelope picked one out. (You have no idea how hard it was to get her to pick just one bit of paper).

I also want to thank everyone that has followed/commented/liked/reblogged and shared my posts. I’m now at 270 ish followers I think, which is such a huge achievement for being on here for 2 weeks and you have no idea how much it means to me that people actually enjoy reading what I write! 

So, the winner is….. Laineyloeslife πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

Well done my lovely!! If you haven’t already, check her blog out. It’s beautiful! 

Please pick a shade of one of the following liquid lipsticks from the Sleek Matte Me collection: 


 

And also which shade of blush you would like:  
 
Obviously I have to order these in so bare with me. But if you comment below with your email address or Instagram so I can PM you for your address, that would be great. 

Thanks for reading! 

Xxxxx 

My Weekly Purchases πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  

Here are a few things I purchased this week. These are all new products that I haven’t tried before! So will be reviewing them soon. 

Makeup Revolution – 

Ultra cover and concealer palette in light and also in medium to dark. They were Β£8.99 each which I thought was super cheap for all the shades you get. 

   

 Sleek Makeup – Eye and Cheek Palette in shade dancing til dusk

I already own the sleek highlight palette and the mini contour palette. And I love them both! The highlighting kit I would say is more for nights out perhaps as its quite shimmery, and I expect the same from this palette. This was Β£6 from eBay. 

  

Real techniques – Expert Face brush 

I’ve heard only good things about these brushes. So I had to buy some to try. I’ve been using this for a few days now and I’ve noticed a massive difference in how my makeup looks when applied with it. 

  

Real techniques – Core Collection 

These arrived in the post yesterday so I haven’t tried them yet, but as above, people have raved about the whole collection and I can see me loving these and wanting to own every brush they make! 

Lush 

See yesterday’s blog for information about these beauties that arrived yesterday. I’ve only used on of these previous. So I’m excited to try them all. I absolutely love Lush and as I’ve mentioned previous it’s starting to become a bit of an obsession!  
So that’s this weeks buys! Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these and what you think of them. 

Thanks for reading lovelies! 

XXXX   

  

 

200 Followers! WordPress exclusive Giveaway πŸ’•πŸ’•

  
I’m super excited that I have managed to reach 200 followers in just over a week. Im so pleased to have so many lovely followers, that like and comment on my posts as well as giving me their own tips and recommendations which I find super helpful! 

As a little thankyou I will be doing a WordPress exclusive giveaway. You will need to have an account on WordPress to enter. 

Rules for entry: 

1. Like this post

2. Comment on this post

3. Reblog this post 

4. Follow me

I’m an old fashioned name in a hat kind of girl, one of the kids will draw your name out! The winner will receive a Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick in a shade of their choice. And also a sleek blush in either of the shades listed below. 

  
 
1. Rioja Red 

2. Birthday suit 

3. Brink pink 

4. Fandango purple 

5. Party pink 

6. Petal


Blushes : 

  

Thankyou so so much for reading! And thanks again for following. This is my first ever giveaway so I wanted to use products that I absolutely love. 

The closing date is Monday and winner will be announced same day! 

Sam 

XXXX 

Monthly Favourites (June Edition)Β 

 
June has been a great month for favourite products! I had too many so cut my list down and will perhaps include the rest in next months post. 

So here we go.. 

Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick in shade Birthday Suit πŸ’•

Good lord I love this lipstick. Everything about it from the shade (which is totally perfect), the consistency and how long it lasts! It literally lasts all day, I have to take it off in the evening and I’ve never had to do that with a liquid lipstick before. It reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks, but dare I say I love these more? And at around Β£7 they are a fraction of the price. They certainly stay on longer than ABH and the mixture isn’t as watery which I much prefer as I find myself having to blot the ABH dry if I’m in a hurry. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.  

Sleek highlighting palette in shade Precious MetalsπŸ’•πŸ’•

I’m really quite obsessed with Sleek at the moment. I find myself browsing Ebay almost constantly for different products. I stumbled across this when looking for contouring Palettes. I’ve been using it a few weeks now as part of my everyday makeup routine. It highlights my face really well, especially good for under eyes and tops of cheekbones. It’s 3 cream sections and one powder for Cupid’s bow, although I don’t tend to use that part. It has quite a glittering shimmer to it. Sean said I sparkle like the Vanpires in Twilight πŸ˜‚

 


Collection work the colour eyebrow kitπŸ’•πŸ’•

Ive spoken on a previous blog about how much I adore this product. I bought it in the airport for Β£2.99 as was in a rush. It’s one of the best eyebrow kits I’ve ever used. Comes with 3 colours black, medium brown and blonde. A double ended application brush and a clear mascara for setting. I really recommend this product. I love it so much that I might not ever change it 😱

  
NYX matte finish setting sprayπŸ’•πŸ’•

I will literally buy anything NYX related because I love the brand so much. More than likely my favourite makeup brand EVER. So when I seen this I had to buy it to try. And as always it’s perfect. Gives my face a matte look after makeup application, but also firmly sets my makeup in place for at least 12 hours! Which is more than enough for me to rate this product Excellent! 

  
Lush bubblegum lip scrubπŸ’•πŸ’•

YES!! Smells and tastes delicious! (That’s right it’s totally edible) I apply this in the evening before bed and in the morning before my makeup. Takes the dead/dry skin straight off my lips leaving them silky soft and smooth and therefore my lippy goes on perfect! Also you only need to use the smallest amount so even though the tub is Β£5.95 it will last you absolutely ages. 

  
Monuspa rosewood reviving mistπŸ’•πŸ’•

This was a product I got in last months Glossy box. I was rather disappointed in that box, but this was the one product I seem to have fallen in love with. I use it first thing in the morning before applying my makeup to freshen my face up and it smells wonderful! It also says on the bottle that you can use it to set makeup also but I’m yet to try spraying it after makeup application because obviously Ive been using the NYX product. 

  
Argan OilπŸ’•πŸ’•

I bought this from Home Bargains for less than Β£2 and it really has helped with my hair. My hair is pretty dry now from all the bleaching not to mention the split ends. And this is slowly but surely starting to make a difference to the overall condition/feel of my hair. I apply this to towel dried hair but in very small amounts otherwise it will make your hair greasy. If I know I’m not going out the next day, I literally smother my hair in it and just let it sit. 

  
So that’s this months favourites! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them. Let me know down below. 

Thanks so much for reading. πŸ’•πŸ’•