Current Beauty Favourites | February 2018

Hey guys! Me again. Yet again I have been a rubbish blogger and haven't published a blog post in a couple of months but I am back and ready to tell you all some of my favourite beauty products I have been loving lately. 

It took me ages to cut down my big ol' list of product loves but some how I managed to slim it down abit.

Keep on reading to hear about some of my favourites from the past couple of months..






Colourpop Brink Lippie Stix & Lippie Pencil


I've had the Brink Lippie Stix from Colourpop in my collection for a while now but as a beauty lover I am forever buying new stuff and neglecting the old ones I already own, which is already enough for one person to have! I just can't help myself, I'm not the only one though right

I dug it out of my stash and fell back in love, so much so I have ordered more Colourpop goodies from eyeshadow pallets to highlighters. I will have a whole haul post about that abit later so keep an eye out for that one.

The formula is creamy but matte. Not drying at all and I have to say, the staying power of these guys are pretty amazing. So comfortable and the pigment is spot on. Glides on smoothly and even when the formula does start to fade throughout the day, it looks great. None of that flakey, patchy mess we all hate. 

The colour differs from person to person but on me it's a gorgeous rosey, mauve shade, perfect for everyday wear.

As for the lip liner to go along with the lippie, again it is very creamy and helps the formula last even longer. I think the pencil helps to make the lippie stix look alot nicer when it's faded too. 

Retails for $5.50/$5 converted £3.90/£3.55





 
Nars Soft Matte Concealer


This concealer seems to be the only one I reach for these days, even over my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection which has never steared me wrong & was always my go to when I need abit more coverage. I use the lightest shade, Chantilly and it matches perfectly.

I always try keep away from pot concealers, I tend to think they are too drying on the skin and makes me look 20 years older than I am but with the Nars one, not the case what so ever. 

The formula is so creamy which makes blending effortless, I apply it with a flat concealer brush then blend out with a beauty blender. I was so surprised to see how much this smoothed out my skin, making it look poreless and flawless. Coverage is fantastic, I suffer with breakouts & scarring often and this helps so much to cover that and gives me that little bit more confidence in my skin. 

A little goes a long way too, not much is needed at all to conceal my many blemishes and imperfections. Need to get my butt in gear and order another one before this one finishes, I can't be without this in my collection. 

Retails for £24





Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub



Being in winter has those harsh effects on my skin but not only that, my lips start to suffer ALOT! I have to exfoliate my lips pretty much every other day or they get so cracked and flakey, not a good look for someone that loves to wear a matte lipstick on a day to day basis.

My go to used to be the Lush bubblegum lip scrub but it seems to have gone for a walk about. I decided to go for something different and while scrolling about on Beauty Bay I came across the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrubs. 

The packaging is what drew me in to begin with, pink and sparkly? What's not to love?! Not to mention all the scrummy flavours he has to offer. I went for the Lemon Icebox Cookies from his holiday collection which smells and tastes exactly like lemon drizzle cake. Yum!! 

It's more of a harsh scrub compared to the Lush one but I find this works so much better for me, makes my lips feel so smooth but not irritated which is the perfect prep before applying lip products and the pot is huge too! You get 30g of scrub which is amazing, this is going to last me ages. 

Retails for £12






Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter


One of my favourite Youtuber's, Kathleen Lights talks about the Colourpop highlighters all the time and I have always wanted to give them a go from her recommendation. 

I was browsing on Depop and found quite a few sellers that sell Colourpop products which are all genuine and quite affordable. I took full advantage and came up with a 'wishlist' of products I really wanted to try. Super shock Highlighters being at the top of the list.  

Colourpop is a US brand so with that comes high postage and custom fees to get it sent to the UK. Ordering from UK based sellers seemed the best way to go. Obvously, I had proof of postage from the sellers to make sure it's legit.

I honestly can't get over how amazing these highlights look and feel on the skin. The formula is like a powder but cream at the same time, so smooth and buttery. Nothing like I've tried before.

I use a Beauty Blender to apply the product to the skin but you can use your fingers or a dense brush aswell, all depends on how intense you want it. The formula isn't glittery or sparkly in any way, more of a soft sheen. The shade I have is Smokin' Whistles and It really does look stunning on my pale skin, it is a soft pinkish champagne colour? (I'm pants at describing colours.) I also have Lunch Money on the way too.

Using a Beauty Blender gives a subtle glow, perfect for everyday but the formula builds up really easily for a more intense appearance on the skin if that's what you prefer. Would 100% recommend if you hate glitter and the fall out you can get with powder formulas. 

Retails for $8 converted £5.70. I paid £7 for Smokin' Whistles including postage & £5 including postage for Lunch Money.





Too Faced Hangover Primer


The cold weather has really took a toll on my skin, usually my skin type is combination but lately it's turned so dry, making my makeup look dry and cakey so it certainly needs a little help when it came to applying makeup.

Last year I picked up this travel sized Too Faced primer from Sephora.com but never thought much of it since my skin type didn't REALLY need it, the hype made me buy it, now I am so glad I did.

The consistancy is like a thin lotion which smells faintly of coconuts (it is infused with coconut water.). It feels so smooth and hydrating on my skin providing the best base for my foundation. It dries down a little bit tacky so that makes my foundation cling to it abit better and has proven it makes a difference in longevity. 

My skin never looks dry when I use this along with my #1 foundation, Revlon Colorstay. If I skip using this primer in my routine then I really notice a difference in appearance and how long my makeup lasts throughout the day. 

I love that even though it's a travel size, the packaging is still the same with a pump which is great for sanitary purposes and ease of use. I believe the 20ml travel size is only available in the US which sucks but I need to get my hands on the full size ASAP, woth the money 100%.

Retails for $15 converted £10.69 (travel size) or £27 (full size)





Glamglow Supermud Mask


If you have problem skin, prone to breakouts like me then this is the mask you need in your life. Whenever my skin is looking angry from eating way too much sugar or it's that pesky time of the month, then this is the mask I turn to for a quick fix. 

I like using this best as a spot treatment. I just pop a little bit on each blemish, go to sleep with it on and the next day the redness and inflamation of my spots has reduced so much. Works so well with those horrid under the skin spots too, y'no those really sore, hard boil like bumps that haven't appeared yet...Perfect for them!

I've gone through so many Glamglow masks which is abit of a sting to the bank balance but I feel it's so worth it. You can get travel size versions of all the masks though which cost £16 each or you can find them for cheaper from independent sellers if you don't want to pay the full size price and try before you buy. The hydrating mask in the blue tub (ThirstyMud) works amazing alongside this also.

Retails for £42 for 50g









What products are you loving so far in 2018? Let me know below.


Thanks for reading,

xo
















Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Nudes Velour Liquid Lipstick Collection

Okay, I'm looking forward to sharing this post with you today because I will be reviewing and swatching the new limited editon mini nudes collection released by Jeffree Star Cosmetics and boy are they pretty!

I have only owned 1 velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star Cosmetics and that is the MANNY MUA collaboration in the shade I'm Shook and I was very impressed with the formula, pigment and longevity of the lipstick so seeing this collection made me very excited to try more from his range at a discounted price.

You can buy the collection on the official Jeffree Star Cosmetics website/Beautylish for $52 but you do have to pay postage/customs on these sites, or Beauty Bay for £45 which is where I purchased mine, I got free delivery too. So sorry if they are sold out when I post this but he has said he will be restocking so it's worth signing up to updates on the sites if you are interested in buying the set.

The collection includes 8 mini liquid lipsticks, all half the size of the full size tubes, 7 of them are his top selling nude lipsticks and 1 being a brand new shade exclusive for the collection. 

  • Skin Tight (new shade) - Soft nude pink.
  • Mannequin – Cool toned nude. 
  • Celebrity Skin – Soft brown nude.
  • Posh Spice – Grey taupe.  
  • Rose Matter – Soft neutral coral.
  • Gemini – Warm terracotta nude.
  • Leo – True honey brown.
  • Androgyny – Plum mauve. 




Firstly I have to share with you the delivery experience that was utter rubbish. It was such a nightmare and very typical for the certain delivery courier.. The parcel took alot longer than usual to be despatched and delivered, usually Beauty Bay are super speedy but I could forgive them for that, maybe they were just super busy. 

The day it was supposed to reach me (I stayed in all morning/early afternoon waiting) I had an email saying it was signed for and safely delivered..not the case. Turns out the Hermes courier tried to pull a fast one and pinch it! After many calls and live chats online with Hermes & Beauty Bay about this, I finally had my package on my door step 30 minutes after I put in my complaints. And literally it was just dumped at my back door with a 'in a safe place' card laying on the ground and a tampered with box, it was half open! No proper attempt to deliver was made, so safe to say I wasn't a happy bunny. I did make a complaint about the delivery but I never heard anything back from Hermes. 

After all that hassle I was really hoping this collection was going to be worth it.

The lipsticks come in a big cardboard box which tbh is abit hard to store, unless you have alot of shelf space or a big vanity I'm not too sure where you would put this, currently the box is led under my bed with the lipsticks sat on my dressing table due to having no space for it at the moment.

The outer packaging says 'open here for nudes' on the side of the lid which I find quite clever and very typical for Jeffree Star and his humour. I love the striped design and colours on the box which kinda corresponds with the nude/mauve shades you get in the package with his gold logo on the outter packaging and the inside too. The shade names are also printed on the inside of the box, very helpful if you like to keep the lipsticks stored in the box and on display.



The liquid lips themselves are so cute and very handy for popping in your bag on the go but I feel like I have been mislead by Jeffree Star and I'll explain why.. He stated in his reveal video on Youtube that all the tubes will be filled to just above the small stars on the pink rim of the packaging but a few of mine show there is way less product in the tube. I have seen quite a few people experience this problem aswell.

It very clearly shows there is only just above half in a couple of the bottles, not full to the top like Jeffree claimed. £45 doesn't seem like such a good deal to me now, I feel abit conned if I'm honest. Myself and a number of others have tweeted Jeffree about this issue and he hasn't responded to anyone. I emailed Beauty Bay and they said it was a manifacturing issue and offered me a 30% refund which was really nice of them to do. Still Jeffree has made no comment on the issue. 



 

Despite the error, every lipstick was consistant in the formula and felt exactly like the I'm Shook liquid lip I already own. Each one lasted a really long time on the lips, even with a lip balm used underneath to make it feel more comfortable but these by no means feel drying or uncomfortable to wear without one. Each dried completely matte really quick.

I'm not one to wear nude shades but I thought I would step out of my comfort zone with these and having minis would be a great way to try before I buy a full size. Safe to say I love all of the colours in the collection except Posh Spice, that was way too grey for my skin tone but I'm sure if you love that 90's look this lip colour would be ideal for you. 






All the nudes ended up being quite flattering on me which I never expected, always assumed those kind of shades would wash me out but I was wrong. They can fade after a few hours if you eat alot etc which is to be expected but reapplying is effortless and doesn't leave the lips looking patchy or crusty. I found the lighter shades fade quite nicely though, you can get away without reapplying unless you want full opacity all day.

My favourite shades out of the collection is Rose Matter & Mannequin, I think these 2 look the best on me for everyday wear even though they are more outside my comfort zone but honestly every shade is gorgeous in its own right.


If you can't get your hands on the mini collection I would still 100% recommend picking up the full size options Jeffree has. Formula and colour selection is top notch. I will be sure to pick up some full sizes once I have finished the minis. 


 
Thanks for reading,