Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Facial Oil

I’m coming to the end of my third bottle of this stuff now so I figured it’s really about time I told you all how much I love it!

It’s full title is Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. What a mouthful!

This oil is great before a cream cleanser for those who wear make-up daily. It’s also good for those who enjoy facial massage as well as being a gentle first cleanse for people who like to double cleanse.

It is quite a versatile oil I find, as well as feeling like a real pamper with it’s beautiful rose damask fragrance. Continue reading

No. 7 Beautifully Defined Contour Kit

I recently received* this cute little compact containing a dual pan of contour and matte highlighter.

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This is the light/medium shade and suits my skin very well. I particularly like that both powders included are matte (not just the contour shade) rather than shiny and sparkly as it makes it great for every day use and for placing the highlight underneath the contour for extra emphasis as well as on the cheekbones. It also means that it doesn’t bring attention to flaws in skin texture in the same way that very shiny highlighters do as well as making the compact suitable for use by all ages.

boots darkThe kit is also available in a medium/dark toned version for darker complexions than my own which I have contrasted here with the light one using images from the Boots website. The darker one appears much warmer toned to my eye, especially in terms of the highlighter. I would recommend trying this out in store against your skin if you are darker skinned.

I will admit that for ease of use I would have preferred the two powders to be in separate pans rather than sharing one big one as pretty as it is with its pressed design,  however,  this would likely have made the kit chunkier and less travel friendly.

The swatches

26633288086_84a0542c9a_zHere they are swatched on the inside of my super pale arm (I’m back to my normal colour now after the fake tan experiment!).
The highlight stands out well even on this area and the contour shade is fairly neutral so should suit most undertones.

Overall I’m quite pleased with this as contouring for pale girls is an area that’s very short on good products! Pros are that it’s small enough to fit in your every day make-up bag and great for travel but on the downside there’s no brush included (making the name ‘kit’ something of a misnomer) meaning you have to carry one separately as well as the risk of accidentally mixing the two powders together.

*review product, all opinions stated here are entirely my own and no payment has been received in exchange for this review.

5 Under a Fiver: Make-Up

I’ve put together a list of five of my favourite bargain priced make-up products, everything here is under £5!

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I’ll start with the lowest priced item first, and not just because I really want to gush about it!

1. Wilko, Eyeliner Brush, 95p0348244_l
That’s right it was less than a quid! It’s synthetic bristles come to a very fine angled point and it’s actually a better and finer brush than some I’ve paid ten times that for. Talk about knocking it out of the park! They’ve even included a little circular bristle protector to keep it in shape and prevent damage. I am thrilled with this for the price and think I might buy a couple more.

2. Collection, Bronze Glow Matt, £2.998966745096222
This was recommended to me by a fellow pale girl and has become probably my favourite bronzing product. It’s pale girl friendly, it’s matte (I don’t know where the ‘e’ went on their packaging or is that a US spelling?) so your face won’t be shiny in weird places and you can use it for current trends such as ‘sun stripping’. All of this and it won’t break the bank either, awesome!

3. MUA, Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer, £3luxe-velvet-lip-lacquer-2015-tranquility-_web_
Available in a massive 18 different shades most of which are totally wearable for every day. This is a quick drying true matte liquid lipstick, no muss no fuss. These are simply amazing for a budget British high street brand and since they just released a black I’m really hoping to see some more avant garde colours from them soon for those of who like our lip art.

4. Boots 17, Eye Eye Crayon, £3.99
evoke-SEVENTEEN-Eye-Eye-Crayon-Jewel-Available in 4 different colours at the moment including this fabulous and on trend for spring/summer ’16 blue shade.
Cream shadows and crayons are always handy when you’re in a rush or want a pop of vibrant colour that won’t move. My favourite of the four from Seventeen is the vibrant blue which they’ve named ‘Jewel’ which has great pigmentation.

5. Shiro Cosmetics, Eye Shadow £4.99
lingeredintwilight1Okay so this one is only just under a fiver but I was really impressed by the quality of the loose shadows from this indie brand. Available through Cute Cosmetics in the UK their products are hand made, mostly vegan and have geeky themes such as ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘Game of Thrones’. Pictured is the shade ‘Lingered in Twilight’ which is my favourite of the ones I have, it’s a gorgeous blackened teal shade from their ‘The Hobbit’ themed collection which features art work by Robin Kaplan.

Have you found any great products for under £5 recently? Do let me know if you have! Have you tried any of these?