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July Beauty Buys: Morphe Galore at Beauty Bay!

Hi guys!

So, a couple of days ago it was announced that my beloved Beauty Bay is parting ways with everyone’s favourite, Morphe. Initially, I was most upset because it’s so easy to order from Beauty Bay but then I read ‘discount’ and I was like, HELLO.

I haven’t personally dabbled into Morphe’s makeup, so I didn’t have a lot to go off apart from the rave reviews from almost every Youtuber with an affliate code. I do own a lot of their brushes though and they are pretty decent, I wasn’t worried about quality issues.

Eyeshadow: There wasn’t a lot to choose from since a lot of the stock has already sold out and they haven’t replaced it for obvious reasons. But the first thing I found was their 350 35 Colour Nature Glow palette which has been on my list for a while now. The palette arrived undamaged and ever so pretty! I don’t believe you can ever have too many warm-neutral toned shadows, and there’s enough of them to create both day and nighttime looks. The shadows all swatched really well, none of them were chalky. While it’s a big palette, it has pretty much everything you’d need.

This usually retails for £23.00 however, I paid £17.00 with the discount.

Primer: I also bought, which was totally unrelated and not in the sale, Milani’s eyeshadow primer. This was rated quite well on Beauty Bay and for £8.00, you can’t complain. It’ll be interesting to see how this works against my holy grail, Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Highlighter: I have wanted this highlighter for so long! These shades are all great, except ‘BehBeh Gurl’ which is the lightest shade. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch, but this shade was really chalky and disappeared when I tried to apply it. The other shades were great though, and I’ll be able to use the darker shades for shimmer eye shadows. I bought the Babe in Paradise highlight palette for £24.00.

Setting Spray: I have seen this setting spray all over Youtube and when I saw this in the sale, I knew I had to try it. I really love the continuous mist, over the pump sprays with other setting sprays. You can feel the extra coverage you’re getting without your face being damp, it also feels fresh and light. I paid £12.00 for this, it usually retails for £15.00.

Their sale is still online now, so be sure to get involved here! What are your opinions of Morphe? Do you like it or is it over-hyped? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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How To Apply Makeup To Oily Skin

Hi guys!

In an ideal world, I’d have beautiful blemish-free skin, zero pores and no excess oil. In the real world, my face is so oily and makeup thinks my face is a Slip ‘N Slide. I’m going to share with you step-by-step, what products I use to help keep my oily face at bay throughout the day.

The best way to start is to make sure you have a clean face and clean fingers. Clogged pores ain’t cute and there’s less chance of dirt and oils being trapped if you’re working with a clean base and clean tools.

  • Once you have completed your prepping, it’s time to finish that up with an oil-free or gel based moisturiser. I like to use Simple’s Oil Balancing Moisturiser from Boots for £4.29. It’s really moisturising and lightweight enough that it doesn’t leave a greasy texture. This is a great base on its own however I still like to go in with a primer on top.
  • After your moisturiser has soaked into your skin and your feeling hydrated, it’s time to apply your primer. Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’ primer gel is ideal for people with combo/oily skin, however it does come with a bit of price tag of £23.50. The matte primer instantly blurs pores, and absorbs excess surface oil. It’s best to apply a small amount of primer only on your oily areas, and not your whole face.
  • Once you are primed and lovely, it’s time for foundation. For my everyday look, I like to use Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This foundation offers a lot of coverage (what pores?) but still feels so light on your face. It’s also really affordable at £6.99 from Boots, which is a bonus if you ask me! But if you are looking for a more high-end foundation, Urban Decay’s All Nighter  retails for £29.50 and is an amazing foundation for this skin type as it is oil-free and absorbs excess oils to reduce shine.
    • Avoid applying your foundation with your fingers as you will have a better finish using a BeautyBlender or foundation brush. My favourite brush is Morphe’s Y6, this leaves an almost airbrushed finish and you will look FLAWLESS!
  • The next step is to apply your concealer, you can use whichever one works best for you. After you’ve blended your concealer, you need to lock it in with loose powder. Too Faced Peach Perfect Loose Powder is a really good powder to use under your eyes and over your T-Zone. I also like to dab a bit on my chin as that can be quite oily too. Leave this for a minute or so to allow it to soak into your skin then dust off the rest with a powder brush.
  • You can then carry on applying the rest of your face as normal. Before you leave the house to start your day, be sure to apply setting spray to really make sure your makeup stays put. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray is a classic which everybody loves, you can buy this for £24.00. Another great setting spray is Skindinavia’s Bridal Finishing Spray, this costs £16.80 from BeautyBay and I find it to be stronger than the UD spray.

When you are out shopping for makeup it is always best to go for products for your skin type, the product needs to be oil-free and please avoid coconut oil at all costs. Coconut oil will sit heavy on your face, making you more oily than before.

Here are a few tips to help you combat that oily sheen:

  1. Avoid washing your face too often, it may seem like the obvious choice to wash off the oil but this means you are stripping the natural oils which will encourage excess oil production. No thanks!
  2. Try not to touch your face as this will transfer the germs from your hands to your pores, causing them to clog.
  3. Carry blotting paper in your bag to dab at your face during the day.
  4. Another staple in your bag should be pressed powder for you to touch up during the day.
  5. Keep your makeup brushes clean. They are a gold mine for germs and so, ideally you want to wash your base makeup brushes after each use or at least after every 2nd use.

I hope you liked this post, and has helped you! I am always looking for new tips so if you have any, feel free to leave them in the comments below 🙂

Love, Beth x

July Birchbox Subscription Unboxing: First Impressions

Hi guys!

So, subscription boxes are everywhere it seems. Whether it’s beauty, grooming or even clothing, there’s a subscription for everything. Beauty boxes are ideal for new makeup artists to help build their kit, but also for beauty collectors like us. Birchbox advertises their boxes for £10 a month, which is one of the cheaper boxes on the market, however, Birchbox is very highly rated.

My box arrived this month and it was a super cute, pastel pink and yellow watercolour box. Inside, I had the usual 5 products which were a mixture of full-sized and luxe size. I received two makeup pieces this month, both of them were full sized.

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  1. The first product was an eyeshadow/blush by Manna Kadar Beauty, this is a gorgeous deep peach colour which swatched beautifully. It’s a little bit too dark for my skin tone however it would look beautiful on someone with a deeper skin tone. It also has a slight shimmer to it, with some MAC Fix+ this would look stunning on the eye!
  2. The next makeup product I got was an Eyeko London Fat Eye Stick in ‘Satin’. Now, I don’t usually use cream or stick shadows so I’m always apprehensive about trying these out. When I swatched this initially it looks really pretty, a metallic taupe with lots of pigment and shimmer. However, once I blended this in, I lost a lot of the pigment which is a shame but I’m guessing you can build up the pigment again.
  3. Moving onto skincare, I received the What’s in it for me..? Shower Scrub. This was a luxe sized exfoliant, and oh my god it smells amazing! It has a sweet orange and jasmine scent which is really fresh and perfect for this time of year.
  4. Next in my box was the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, this was rated 4+ stars on Birchbox’s website so I was super excited when this arrived. It is ideal for blemishes, breakouts or breakout prone skin. The serum works to balance skin and refine your pores. Skincare is something I want to do more, I have a super basic skincare routine and would love to branch out. Subscription boxes are a perfect way to test different things out and work out which product works for you.
  5. The last thing in my box was the BeautyPro Under Eye Mask. This mask is a hydrogel patch with marine collagen, infused with soothing green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A and E, it is designed to leave you bright-eyed and de-puffed. I live for sheet masks so I’m excited to test this out.

I am definitely pleased with my box this month, however, if I wish I could have been sent more makeup products but I can’t really complain with what I received. I can’t wait to see what I get next month.

If you could make your own subscription box, what would be in it? Comment down below!

Love, Beth xx

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