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Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Liquid Foundation Review

Hello my lovelies!

I am always on the hunt for a good foundation that won’t melt off my face, and having combo/mostly oily skin doesn’t make the hunt any easier for me. I have heard many things about the Maybelline SuperStay Foundation on both the internet and in person. Some good things and some bad things, so I thought I would put it to the test and see how it performs.

Product Description:

I bought this foundation from £9.99 from Boots, while it’s not as cheap as my holy grail Fit Me Matte and Poreless by Maybelline (£6.99, BTW) it’s still a pretty decent price for a budget foundation. The foundation claims to be full coverage that will can last up to 24 hours. It also claims to be lightweight, matte and suitable for all skin types.

If I could complain about the initial product, it would probably be the shade range. There are 12 shades, which isn’t a lot considering how many shades other brands can produce and how many skin shades exist in this world. So, there isn’t a lot to choose from if you’re very fair or very deep.

First Impressions:

Once my primer was applied, I used one pump to the back of my hand. My first thought was this foundation is very thick with a similar consistency to the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. I used my Morphe Y6 brush to blend the foundation on my skin. It felt very heavy and it looks kinda cakey. I switched to a damp BeautyBlender which helped it blend better, in the end I had an airbrushed kind of look. The coverage is crazy good, pores? I don’t know her. But…even after I used the sponge, it still felt heavy on my face. I also noticed after I wore a collared shirt all day that I had transfer on the collar and if I touched my face at all, you could feel the makeup coming off. 

The next day, I used a smaller amount. Half a pump of foundation still covered my entire face and still gave me the coverage that I like. It felt a lot better and didn’t transfer at all compared to the day before. So, I definitely recommend starting off with a small amount and apply more as you see fit.

 

Is It Long Lasting?

With other foundations I nearly always have to touch up a few times a day, you know the drill: blotting sheet, powder, repeat. Oily skin, forevs <3. However with this foundation I only touched up once in 8 hours. I also noticed that I still had okay coverage after a full shift at work, which is more than what could be said for Kat Von D’s Lock It foundation which vacated my face after a few hours of wear.

Could it last 24 hours though? I’m not so sure, I was pretty oily after a full day and it was starting to separate a little on my nose and cheeks. My guess is, if I had gone over even 14 hours of wear, it would stop looking good.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I like this foundation. The coverage is seriously impressive and the fact I didn’t need to touch up as much proves it works pretty well. This definitely works better using the littlest amount. Foundation on the collars of your shirt ain’t cute and this foundation definitely transfers. Overall, it’s high up on my list of budget makeup and I absolutely love wearing it.

Rating: 4/5

Love, Beth x

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August Goals

Hi guys!

I’ve completed my first month of blogging! While I didn’t post as much as I would have liked, I learned new things about blogging and can’t wait to put them into practice.

Moving on, August is finally here and that means 2 things:

  1. Summer is well and truly here but also, autumn is close and it’s almost time for dark nights and cosy jumpers.
  2. My birthday is this month, I turn 23 on the 28th and I’m gonna PARTAAAY (read: eat food and watch Netflix with my dogs)

I thought I would start the month off right by setting a few goals for myself. A good way to know that you’re still moving forward even on a bad day, is to set goals for you to see your progress. For you to see that you’re not wasting your time and your efforts are worth it. Here are a few of mine:

Post 3-4 times a week

I originally wanted to do a blog-post-a-day challenge but I gathered I’m not experienced enough for this (the future, maybe?!) So now the plan is to post every other day, that way I have enough time to produce good content and really get into the swing of blogging.

Hit over 150 views on my blog and 20 followers

My blog is still relatively small, and by small I mean, tiny. Hopefully, this is a realistic goal that I can reach. Goals, no matter how small, are still goals and each one should be celebrated. So, that’s my blog goal for this month!

Improve my photography skills

Photography is something I’m still coming to grips with, I have recently bought a few things like phone lenses, a light reflector etc. that will help me create the best photos that I can, with practice of course.

Learn how to create a halo smokey eye

My makeup challenge this month is to finally crack the halo smokey eye! Since it’s my birthday at the end of the month, I’m going to be celebrating in some way and I’d like to wear this look and be #servinglewks.

 

So that’s it! Those are my goals this month, what are your goals for August? Are you planning on learning something new, or something simple such as taking a walk everyday? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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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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My Latest Beauty Buys: Laura Lee’s Palette, Ofra Highlighter, Milani Lip Scrub

Payday is my favourite day of the month. Payday means I can log into my BeautyBay account and fill my basket with goodies while angels sing around me, not a worry in the world.

 The first thing I bought is something I definitely needed as this is a problem area for me. I unfortunately have ‘seasonal flu’ all year round so dry lips are a definite issue for me. I haven’t been able to find a decent lip scrub or maybe I just depended on my Carmex way too much, but Melani’s Keep It Sweet Lip Scrub is uh-mazing. The scrub cost me £10, not the cheapest one on the market but it’s still less expensive than the likes of Jeffree Star and Tarte. Definitely a win for me!

I also bought the Glazed Donut highlighter by Ofra, which is an extension to their Everglow collaboration with the queen NikkieTutorials. I was super excited to receive this, since pretty much everybody loves it. I paid £25 for this highlighter, again a little pricey since it’s a single highlighter but OH LORD, it’s so pigmented! This highlighter definitely requires a light hand, unless you want to blind people then girl, go HAM.

This week, I finally got around to ordering Laura Lee’s Nudie Patootie palette. Not only is the palette visually pleasing with its millennial pink colour scheme, but the shades themselves are dreamy.  I paid £38 for this but while I think it’s quite expensive for a new indie brand, the palette is really high quality and the pans are a great mixture of mattesshimmers and two GORGEOUS foils. I adore Laura, she’s one of my favourite Youtubers so major props to her for this awesome palette.

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What recent beauty buys have you made lately? I’m always looking for inspiration so let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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NEW Urban Decay: Born To Run Palette Review & Swatches

Hold on to your seats ladies, Urban Decay have released their prettiest palette yet…

Born To Run.

Inspired by #wanderlust and #wishyouwerehereUD have created a perfect blend of colours that are universally flattering on every skin tone, and easy enough to create a multitude of different looks. The all-in-one palette is so diverse in a way that you can create a natural day look, smokey date night or a full on shimmer fest – all using the same palette. This was created with the intention of travelling light as you’ll have everything you need here, including a full size mirror which is. BOMB.

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It is a seriously pretty palette and with an impressive 21 shades, it has almost double the amount the NAKED palettes have (still love you, girls!) with a good range of neutral mattes and colour popping shimmers. I’m a copper lid, nude lip kinda girl but the colour range does inspire me to branch out a bit. The shades are, as usual, buttery smooth and so easy to blend its drool-worthy.

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While the pan sizes aren’t huge, they are still a decent size and keep in mind the main selling point of Urban Decay’s campaign, creating multiple looks on-the-go, hassle free. If the pans were bigger they would take up more space. 

The only problem I had was picking up the shimmer with my brush, even after drowning it in MAC Fix+, I still had a lot of fallout so if this is your preferred method, be sure to pack your favourite loose powder under your eye before hand to dust it away afterwards. Although it does seem to work better using my finger to press it to my lid.

Overall, I think this palette is well worth the money and I would definitely recommend it for the practical traveller who doesn’t want to carry around 10 eye shadow palettes (can’t relate, lol) but also to your everyday person where eye shadow is a staple for your look.

I hope you all liked my review, what is your favourite eye shadow palette? Leave a comment below! 🙂

Love, Beth x

This palette retails for £39.50 and is now available to buy on their website and will be available in UK stores from 2nd August 2018.