Things I’m loving

Originally this was going to be a January favourites post but it’s now almost mid Feb! 😬 Better late than never though, right? I have a few makeup discoveries to share with you and some other “beauty” related things that I’ve really been enjoying recently.

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The first thing I’ve been obsessing over for the past month or so is the Clinique up-lighting liquid illuminator. I’ve had this thing for longer than I care to admit, I think it may even be a hand me down from my mum, and I’ve never got on with it until now. I’m usually not a huge Clinique fan and I’ve never been able to get these liquid illuminators to work for me, so this is a strange favourite. A month or so ago I was watching a Charlotte Tilbury makeup tutorial and I saw she used her own liquid highlighter as more of a foundation base rather than over top of the makeup and I thought it was interesting. Of course the makeup in the tutorial was incredible because the woman is a makeup God so I immediately dug this out of storage and gave it a try. And I loved it! I mean I still don’t look Charlotte Tilbury incredible but I like the glow it gives my skin. Wearing it underneath the foundation just makes the skin look healthier and brighter without that harsh sparkle or patchy base that you can get when trying to blend it on top. I’m absolutely addicted to the stuff and I’m seriously considering buying the Becca shimmering skin perfector now too!

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My next favourite is going to be another ramble I’m afraid! It’s the Hourglass ambient lighting palette. This palette has been absolutely raved about on YouTube and in the blogging community for absolutely months, so the second that I was able to get my hands on it I snapped it up only to be massively disappointed. I think that happens often when I product is so massively hyped up, when you finally get it you tend to feel a little underwhelmed. However these past few weeks I’ve really managed to get it to work for me and I think I get what all the fuss is about now! I think what I originally wanted the palette for was to highlight and that’s why I was so disappointed, it’s an ok highlighter, nice for mature skins or those who want something super subtle but it’s nothing groundbreaking. Used as a skin powder to set the foundation though, this stuff is incredible. I was always too scared to use it for this purpose because I worried the shimmer would make me look even oilier and glittery. How wrong I was. Used as a powder it seems to melt into the foundation and leave you with a beautiful dewy looking finish, and because it’s a powder it’s the perfect way for us oily girls to have that beautiful glow without it looking greasy. The powders also make for the most beautiful eyeshadows, the more orangey shade is my absolute favourite transition shade. The Hourglass ambient lighting powders are definitely worth a look if you haven’t tried them already.

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The next product was more of a love at first application kind of thing. A friend got me the Illamasqua blush in the shade seduce for Christmas and I haven’t had it off my cheeks since. You can’t really tell from the picture but it looks terrifyingly dark in the pan, it’s a deep raspberry colour, but because it is a cream formula it can be blended out beautifully to give the most natural looking flush to the face. I like to apply it with a synthetic brush, tap off the excess on the back of my hand then apply to the apples of my cheeks. It’s such a pretty colour and I really love the Illamasqua cream blushes in any shade as they’re so easy to work with.

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My final makeup favourite has been setting sprays. I’ve always loved the Mac fix+ spray but I’ve finally got round to trying the Urban Decay all nighter and I’m really enjoying that too. I will however say that I don’t use them for the purpose they’re intended, I think neither of them make even the slightest difference in the longevity of my makeup. What I do love them for is how they make my makeup look after I’ve sprayed them. They melt any powders into your skin and prevent that horrible powdery appearance to skin. I feel like them help all of your face products blend together nicely too and look a little bit more like actual skin. I sometimes use them as a sort of primer too, applied before foundation to inject a little moisture and sheer out a heavier base. I’ve seen that some high street or “drugstore” brands have started to release their own versions of this product so I’d be interested in trying them out too.

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The next two favourites are a little more random. Recently I got eyelash extensions. I was a bit reluctant because I was terrified of getting huge Daisy the cow lashes and looking insane without makeup on. Nobody wants to wake up to that on a morning! I do like the idea of thicker, darker lashes though and being able to go to the beach or gym without looking like a man so I thought I’d try it. I went to the lady my mum goes to and she was fantastic, the lashes were so natural looking but really made a difference. It just looks like I have naturally lovely eyelashes now, who wouldn’t love that!? Here is a before and after:

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For those in the UK I went to “Beauty by Juliette” in Norton high street, Stockton-on-Tees. If you’re local and interested in trying lash extensions she is fantastic and I would highly recommend her!

Finally, the thing I’ve been loving the most for the past few months now is my nutribullet. Seems like a strange thing to include in a beauty blog I know but I really think I’ve noticed a difference in my skin since having daily smoothies. I have one every morning I’m at home and pack with lots of greens, such as spinach or kale. It’s a good way to get in an extra portion of fruit and veg and it’s so quick and easy to clean.

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They look a little unappetising but I promise that they taste delicious!

Thanks so much for reading everyone, and have a great pancake day!!

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