Obsession ultimate marble brush set.



Hey there! so a couple of weeks ago i was looking around for a brush cleaner, for years ive been fine just using a cheap shampoo or the vanish soap bar but for whatever reason i just couldnt get my brushes clean anymore. It didnt matter how much time i took over each brush they were not getting clean! so i thought i would pick up a brush cleaner to see if that helped.

I looked in the revolution sale because of course i hoped i would find something cheap! And i did there solid brush cleaner was £3, but then i spotted this set, it would normally be £60 but for £15 i would get a collection of those weird toothbrush like makeup brushes to try, a sponge (a silicone blender that i knew i wouldnt touch) and of course the brush cleaner. It felt like a no brainer, so i of course picked up the set, the obsession ultimate marble brush set £15.00 being the one in question.

So first off, the brushes are odd but cool! they are pretty soft but that does also differ depending on the brush. For example the big one is the most densely packed, so isnt quite as soft as the smaller ones but none are tough or scratchy.

I have too say, the big one applies foundation very quickly and without streaking etc! its a bit weird to use but once you have figured that out, and there is a learning curve that comes with all these brushes you are good to go and it does apply foundation really well! the other ones are all good for varying cream products, i do tend to go for cream products with these! i also found the small one with a rounded tip worked super well for lipsticks, score!

Next up, the sponge is well a sponge! its not the softest nicest sponge ive used, but it is a very pretty looking sponge that works very well.

So we get to the reason i bought the set, the brush cleaner! has i said, i was really struggling to get my brushes to be clean, and i hoped this would help, and thankfully it did! just not quite enough, but it did help! basically you wet your brush, swirl it in the soap until you get a lather going then swirl it in your hand or on a brush cleaning mat and rinse until clean. i did find that it got most of my brushes clean, cleaner than they have been in ages! the only downside was that a few of my brushes, i think around 2 just wouldn’t get quite clean, but that could just be that they are too far gone however this brush cleaner did help a bit with them! it also did really well on sponges too. One thing i did find was that sometimes you will have to rinse the actual soap itself has all the brushes with different colours go in there you get some interesting lather! but thats not really a problem.

So all in all i really liked this set, its quite a bargain! im glad i picked this during my need a brush cleaner/buy all the things spree lately.

Cath x

Acid Toning – why do it & my favourites.

Hey there! so today i wanted to chat to you about acid toning, why it can be a very good step in your skincare routine & my personal favourite acid toners!

Before i begin however i will just state that i am no expert, i am not trained and this is just what i know from my own research and trail and error! if your ever concerned, you should of course always ask a professional.

It is also very important to know that if you acid tone you must wear an spf during the day! you should be wearing one regardless, but with acid toning its even more important.

If you havent really heard much about acid toning before you have likely read the word “acid” and been a bit freaked out! when acid toning first became a more mainstream thing everyone had the same kind of reaction, myself included until you learn a bit more about it.

So acid toning is using a toner or pre-soaked pad that contains a gentle AHA or BHA acid in the normal toner stage, and what this does is it gets to work on the skin eating away at dead skin without using very harsh scrubs etc. It also kills off bacteria extremely well so its very good for spots, and helps to fade scars over time as well.

Theres 3 main acids you will find, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. glycolic and lactic are AHAs, and salicylic is a BHA, whats the difference? well according to the paulas choice website here AHAs work on the skins surface and are water soluble were as BHAs work down into the pores as well and are oil soluble.

Generally, salicylic acid is seen as the one to go to if you have a lot of issues with spots, blackheads etc as it really helps with that. Lactic acid is rather gentle and not irritating and best for those with sensitive skin, glycolic acid is the one most people know about and the one i use the most, it is the staple of acid toning!

So, when do you use these? well you can use them morning or night, or even morning and night! but personally i mostly use at night and only use in the morning if i feel like i need the boost. This is the first step on your skin after cleansing, and then after this you follow with a skin hydrating mist to start the hydration process.

So, shall we get into my favourites!

These are the 3 i currently use, though i will also list in a second some honourable mentions! i will say, all the ones i use are glycolic based, that is just what i go for personally and is the most commonly found.

So first up is the Lacura daily cleansing pads £4.95 for 2 packs of 60 pads, i could only find the double packs online but as you can see for the price its very affordable! they are a very obvious dupe of the nip + fab pads (mentioned below) and honestly i cant tell too much of a difference between the two! these contain glycolic acid mainly, and also some fruit acids though they are way farther down the list. The way i use pads like this is i buff over my skin with one side then i flip it and go again, i also will buff and spend longer on spots and areas of concern, these are my go to acid toner id say.

Next is actually the only liquid acid toner ive tried, the Freedom Glycolic radiance toner £6.00, now this one is meant to be a dupe for the pixi glow tonic, i havent tried the glow tonic but i like this one! ive had a few bottles of it now on and off and its a really good budget toner if you would rather soak your own cotton pads, again it is glycolic based, the only thing that puts me off using this sometimes is that it can leave the skin feeling a little sticky, i spray straight after so it doesnt matter too much but its just something to be aware of!

Lastly we have the Superdrug Naturally Radiant glycolic acid daily cleansing pads £5.99, now these are basically the same as the lacura or the nip + fab, they are glycolic based with fruit acids much farther down the list pre-soaked pads.  Theres not much i can say about these that i didnt say about the lacura ones! these are pretty much the same in almost every way.

So those are the 3 i am currently using, the first one i used and still often my go to are of course the nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating facial pads £13.59. They are slightly up there in price but almost always on sale somewhere! they also now have an “extreme” version (they are not too much stronger dont panic) a sensitive version and a salicylic acid version as well so theres something for everyone there!

Of course there is the famous pixi glow tonic £18.00, it is again up there in price, but if you dont know were to start and can afford a little bit more you are not going to go wrong with this at all!

Mainly when it comes to acid toning, i would say have a look around and go for what you think suits you, try some things out and have fun! i honestly love acid toning its something i brought into my skincare years ago and im very glad i did.

Cath x

Expensive Products That Are Worth It.


Hey there! So as you might have noticed, i am all about budget items, i havent been able to work in 6 years and even when i did i worked in childcare, and if you know what the pay is like in childcare you know it aint great!

So my whole life i have basically been on a mission to have the large makeup and skincare collection i love, without 6 credit cards and a loan. However, has time has gone on i have found four products that i am willing (i wouldnt go quite as far as to say happy!) but i am willing to pay out for because for me, nothing comes close.

You will see a theme here that all the items are base items, they are items that are the foundation of your makeup or what makeup goes onto. For me personally i have always found that what id call “colour cosmetics” so your eyeshadows, blushers, lipsticks etc cheap is fine, but the stuff that goes onto needs to be reliable and work well.

Now i know theres good dupes for all of this! However for me, these products last me a long old time, sitting there only to be used when i leave the house, and as an agoraphobic that doesnt happen very often!

Anyway shall i stop rambling and show you the products im talking about?

The Smashbox photo finish foundation primer £26.00 is a cult classic, ive been in the blogging/beauty world for many years now, and this is one of those products you saw everywhere around the 2009/2010 mark! its the classic silicone based foundation primer, for me i find that i need a primer with a bit of slip if im using the foundation coming up in this post and this primer is perfect for that. Combined with said foundation my base takes a lot to move and trust me its tested!

The other primer i can not do without is the Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base £20.00. I can very vividly remember buying my first eyeshadow primer, the urban decay primer potion in the old annoying bottle packaging a week after my 17th birthday. I had been ill, i had a panic attack on the train and i looked awful! but i was bound and determined to get my hands on that primer, bare in mind this was 2009 so eyeshadow primers werent as common as they are now! and i used urban decay eyeshadow primer potion for years, it worked very well on my very oily hooded lids, until it didnt. I dont know what happened, i dont know if they changed the primer or if my eyelids changed but my makeup started creasing within an hour. At the time i was very into watching the anna edit (although she was vivianna does makeup at the time!) so i bit the bullet and ordered this, and honestly im very glad i did!

My lids hate makeup, they are very stubborn but with this eyeshadow primer anything i put on top isnt moving until i remove it and that frankly is some kind of witchcraft, i approve!


Next up is the foundation that everyone knows, of course! its the estee lauder double wear £33.50, now it took me a while to try this foundation but honestly for a very long time foundation was the biggest issue i had. I am very pale, somewhere under 10 years of black hair dye i am very ginger so i have that to work with, my skin is oily/combo, with makeup sucking pores and hormonal spots (thanks PCOS) and a fair wack of scarring. And of course we have my hot flash having, hot blooded self who has extreme anxiety, i needed something that was bullet proof! and this foundation does it, i wear the palest shade of course, shell and its pretty much spot on, sometimes i do add a drop or two of something like the NYX total control drops or the obsession whitening drops but i can also wear it alone fine! this stuff will not budge, with the smashbox primer underneith & applied with a sponge it looks matte but not cakey and it takes some serious stuff to make it move! my holy grail, go to always.

lastly is the latest product to be added to this list and thats the estee lauder double wear stay in place concealer £24.00, now i bought this the last time i double wear because i had a gift card so i wanted to treat myself. I had a good look with my mum and the lovely women on the counter (shout out to estee lauder girls by the way, they have always been a delight and able to deal with a stuttering nervous mess perfectly) and i went for this in the end to go with my foundation. I have it in C1 light cool, which is almost perfect, i tend to mix it with a tiny bit of white concealer if im using it under the eyes just so i get that slightly brighter effect but other than that this stuff is perfect, it will not budge, my under eyes are naturally very creasy so it does crease a little but the actual product doesnt go anywhere! the coverage is also of course brilliant.

Phew! thats a lot of words, so there you have it, do you have any high end products you always buy?

Cath x

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.


Hey! So i bought recently a travel essentials box from ASOS full of mini travel sizes, and i bought it because i thought it would be perfect so i could try a few things out that i had wanted to try for a while and tell you lot! i had wanted to make a post about the box too but by the time my box arrived it was sadly sold out.

So, Too Faced better than sex mascara £19.00 is of course a cult mascara, ever since it came out people have lost there minds over it falling in love with this mascara all over the place. Of course, the number one thing everyones focused on is the name,  of course calling something better than sex is a bold claim!

Its an interesting line to go down for a mascara, but it does do what its meant too, it makes people want to try it! so when i got this mini, this was put on my test list straight away.

So they have a long story about how the brush is modelled on a “blonde haired siren” which you can quickly tell is meant to be marilyn monroe, i dont know if the brush is exactly modelled on her, but it is a bristle brush in a hourglass shape.

the mascara formula itself is rather dry, very dry to be honest i was worried mine had ran out! but that could also be because i have a sample, but yeah its rather dry.

So ill be honest that going in i didnt want to like this mascara, i didnt want to fall for the gimmick of the name and i didnt want to like a mascara when the full size is £19….that didnt work out.

The first coat is rather underwhelming, it does coat the lashes very nicely however and i do find that this brush really can grip will onto them. it separates well and leaves lashes lengthened and honestly much more natural looking than i expected this mascara to look! second coat and the drama does begin to appear, it looks lengthened and septrated still but with much more volume, not a clump in sight! the only thing i didnt like at this point was that it had already made the curl in my lashes drop, but then again this does tend to happen regardless of the mascara that i am wearing!

So i wore this mascara over a 8/9 hour period, during this time i had watery eyes a couple of times, and it was only at the very end of the night did i have one or two flakes a tiny bit of mascara in the corner of my eye from when i cried from laughter!

so i really wanted to dislike this mascara, but really i like it a lot! it lasts a long time, it looks really nice with no clumps and the wand is lovely.

the name may be a gimmick, but the actual product is brilliant!

Cath x

B.hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz.


Hey! so in my superdrug haul the other week i picked up the B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz £7.99, i have wanted a hydrating facial spritz for a while now and i seemed to pick the right moment because with our current heatwave they are amazing!

So, if you dont know what hyaluronic acid is in simple terms it can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water. It is something we have naturally in our skin, however of course its production does slow down and its always good to top up what we naturally make!

So first off, personally for me if you want a spritz to use throughout the day this isnt for you, but as someone who is oily /combo skinned i dont tend to need hydration during the day. However i have fallen completely in love with using this morning and night! in the “morning” (because lets face it, its rare i shower before 12) i use it on clean skin and then i put my serum on top straight away, and it really adds an extra layer of hydration. At night i use it after my acid toner of choice and then i again put my serum on top straight away and it just feels so nice to lock that in.

With the weather being like it has been, i really havent wanted much on my skin some days or nights! on the really horribly hot days (32c+) i havent been doing much at all, sticking to just spraying this and then putting on a gel based moisturiser and its really worked!

the only downside honestly is the size, ive gone through this pretty fast (ive got like a quarter left) and ive only had it for a few weeks, but its pretty cheap and superdrug always has sales so its not too bad to replace!

all in all ive really liked my first go at true hydrating facial spritzs and im looking forward to trying more!

Cath x

Stormy Seas makeup look.

Hey! So the other day i was having a bit of a play around with makeup and this is what i came up with! i dont normally do this kind of gradient half and half kind of thing, so it was fun to try something a little bit different.


Eyes –
Bourjois 24hr eyeshadow primer.
Imagic flash palette – White.
Obsession eyeshadows – Pearl, Midnight Black.
NYX in your element palette in wind – 2 (grey) and 6 (bright shimmery blue).
NYX Ultimate Brights Matte palette – Bright blue.
Maybelline Master ink matte liquid liner.
Loreal ultimate mascara.
Ebay false eyelashes.
MUA highlighters – pearlescent sheen.

Face –
Evio green tea primer.
Soap and glory one heck of a blot.
NYX HD foundation in nude.
Obsession mixer in whitening.
Collection lasting perfection concealer in extra fair.
Elf HD powder.
Maybelline matte & poreless powder in translucent.
NYX blusher in taupe.
Illamasqua Powder blusher in tremble.
MUA Undress your skin highlighting powders – Pearlescent sheen, Ice sparkle.

Lips
Makeup Revolution Lip amplification in limitless.
Bourjois liner clubbing vibrant colour liquid liner in blue angel.

there you go, hope you enjoy!

Cath x

My Nighttime Self-care Routine.

Hey! So, for the past week or so ive gotten into having a bit of a self-care routine every night at the minute. I started having issues with going to sleep, as someone who after many sleep issues in my teen years was able to sleep with no issue. But now, i have been getting anxious about the idea of going too sleep, as someone who responds well to the pampering side of self care and i also needed to start taking better care of more than just my face! i brought in a routine that has really been helping.

So generally i am a massive night owl, and myself and friends will generally stop playing video games and go to bed between 1-3am. So, at this point i turn off my pc move my water bottle & phone near my bed and then i get my room sorted, i draw my blinds and tidy up my bed if i dumped stuff on it! I then will get a youtube video going  on my phone, currently its generally a video from thrift thick  (please check her out i adore her!) then i get all the products i need out and put them onto the corner of my dressing table that i use as a night stand, before i get changed & go off to cleanse my face brush my teeth etc.

So i always double cleanse, ive always been a massive fan of doing this and i start with generally the super facialist vitamin C+ skin renew cleansing oil £10.99 this is hands down my favourite cleansing oil, ive used it for years and will continue to do so! it cleanses without stripping, it isnt super oily or heavy and it smells like oranges! for my second cleanse, i go with either the botanics all bright gentle cleansing cream £5.49 witch is very gentle and good for when my skin is dryer or the B. creamy foam cleanser £6.99 during the summer and when my skin is oiler. Both staples in my bathroom cupboard!

Once im back in my room i turn off my light and do everything else just by the light of my phone, i do this purely because i dont wanna have to get back up and turn my light off again! continuing with skincare, i use an acid toner, at the minute ive been enjoying the Freedom makeup london pro studio radiance tonic £ 6.00, this is really good, pretty gentle but still helps to remove dead skin cells using good old acid! (nice acid!), after this ive really gotten into using a hydrating facial spritz, my choice being the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz £7.99, i am going through this so fast! i think this was hands down what kept my skin from being dry during the heat wave when i didnt want anything on my face!

Then i use a serum, ive really been enjoying the superdrug vitamin c invigorating skin booster £4.99 at the moment, of course i love the smell! but it also adds an extra layer of hydration and softness that i love. Finally for my face, i use a night cream and i wrote a whole review about these garnier natural 3 in 1 soothing rose botanical balm £12.99 witch you can read here, but the short version is hydrating, calming and lovely!

With all that on my face, i turn my attention to the rest of my body! now i have never liked putting body cream on, i hate the feeling so that doesnt happen. But i have been finally paying my feet some attention, i have very difficult problematic feet (this, is an understatement) we are talking cracks so deep they bleed bad, and having to be bandaged up earlier this year! my foot cream of choice right now is the scholl hard skin softening cream £5.99. i have to be honest however i dont know if its as heavy duty as my feet need! so if you have a suggestion please let me know!

now, i lay down and watch the youtube video for a bit, as it gets closer to the end i pop on a lip balm. ive really been liking the REN vita mineral lip balm £10.50 lately, i think this was a freebie in a box at some point? but however i got it, i really like how smooth it feels on the lips and its very hydrating, its still on in the morning! the very last thing i do beauty product wise is pop on some hand cream, ive been going for this NAOBAY orange juice hand cream £11.50 currently, another box item! because its on the lighter side so good for the summer, but its still very hydrating and plus side it smells amazing (can you tell i like orange smelling things?).

and with that, i close my phone and go to sleep and generally this little routine as really been helping me unwind and not be quite so anxious at night!

do you have a night time routine? any foot cream suggestions for me? let me know!

cath x

Maybelline Fit Me Matt & Poreless Foundation.

Hey! so in my haul last week i showed you that i picked up the maybelline matt & poreless foundation in 095 fair porcelain £6.99 because i had wanted to try it for a while and i saw that they had finally made a shade that looked like it may be pale enough. When i first got it i was very impressed, it was really pale! i tried it on one side of my face and was very pleased to see it was a brilliant colour match, it felt nice on my skin and the coverage was alright.

Since then, ive tried it out a few times now, trying it in a few different ways and i hate to say it, but im really not very impressed with it at all! first off yes, the colour match at first is spot on however once this dries down it oxidises so badly! i put this on, and an hour later i looked and i had this orange tide mark around my jaw when an hour before it was fine! considering how difficult it can be to find colour matches for me, i was sad it didnt really work after all.

So, everytime ive worn this as a wear test, ive worn the smashbox photo finish foundation primer £26.00 underneath as i have combo/oily skin and i generally always need a primer underneath my makeup. I have then very lightly set it with my normal powder (its discontinued, boo) because again, combo/oily and then ive applied contour/blusher/highlight to see how they weared on the foundation. I also tried this foundation over colour correcters from freedom & the barry m all night foundation primer stick £6.99 when i did a makeup look a few days ago.

When worn over the smashbox primer, the foundation goes on smoothly with brush or sponge and is extremely easy to blend, the coverage is light – medium really though it can be built up very easily but only max to a medium coverage. with the smashbox primer, it looks ok on my nose, but you can see my pores pretty obviously more so than with other foundations so poreless it is not! when i tried this over the barry m stick, oh boy! it made my skin look rather dry and my nose looked cakey and rather nasty, as i said i have combo/oily skin, my nose is my oiliest area yet you wouldnt think it with this!

the worst thing for me with this foundation is the wear, after 4 hours with the smashbox primer it wore off around my nose creases and under my glasses pads completely and was quickly coming off my nose all together. My nose chin and forehead were all shiny as well, but when i tried to blot i got nothing! 6 hours in and the foundation had sadly left my nose, cakey foundation around my nose pads the only reminder it was even there! my highlight, blush and contour were all there, it did fine on my cheeks, the most “normal” part of my skin but thats the only place it had! it caked around my upper lip, and was gone under my eyes.

I took it off after 7 hours, the only thing i was doing that day was sitting at my desk playing dnd! yet my foundation acted as if i was doing a work out or something.

i really wanted to like this foundation, but sadly it just didnt work for me and the shade though it was good they brought out a paler shade it ended up turning into ivory in the end anyway!

have you tried something that disappointed you lately?

cath x

Goth leanings Red Glittery Liner Makeup Look.

Hey! So i did this makeup look the other week (before it got too hot to even touch your face again). Ive wanted to do something with red again for a while but you know, theres only so many things you can do with red! But i think i came up with something pretty good in the end, really dark black smoky eye with glitter red liner & bright red lips, showing my very obvious goth leanings. So yeah, i enjoyed doing this, and i hope you like it too!

Eyes –
Makeup Revolution Brow Tint In Dark.
Bourjois 24HR Eyeshadow Primer.
Freedom Gel EyeLiner In Black And Red – The red is under the glitter & on my eyelashes, it failed showing up under the glitter!
Makeup Revolution Single Eyeshadow In Touch Me – A base shadow/blending colour.
Makeup Revolution Give Them Darkness Palette – Overcast as a crease colour, Shadow in the crease and on the lid and on the lower lash line.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair – Inner corner & brow bone highlight.
Duo Eyelash Glue In Dark & Red Glitter – For the eyeliner.
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Waterproof.
Ebay False Eyelashes.

Face –
maybelline Baby Skin Primer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & correct In Yellow
Maybelline Mastercamo Colour Correcting Pen In Green.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation In Light Porcelain.
Popfeel HD Invisible Cover Concealer.
Obsession Whitener Mixer.
Miss Beauty Pressed Powder In Ivory.
NYX Powder Blusher In Taupe.
17 The Cheek Of It Blusher In Plum Puff.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair.

Lips –
Jelly Pong Pong The Super Matte Lipstick.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Velour Lip Cream In Say Yes, It’s what we do best.

So there you go! i hope you enjoyed this, have you tried wearing red on your eyes before?

Cath x

makeup revolution obsession palettes

Hey! so the other week i noticed that at the end of makeup revolutions summer sale the make your own palette selection from makeup obsession were very cheap! the eyeshadows, blushers, highlighters etc were all 30-60p, and the palettes themselves were £1.50 for the large 12 pan size! they didnt have the black ones but even so i wasnt going to pass up on this bargain.

eyeshadow palette left to right – white out, pearl, azure, denim, emerald fizz, miami, royal, hypnotic, haute silver, treasure, midnight black.

you can tell i made this palette cant you? all my favourite colours! as you can see, one or two of the shadows i had already. I really like these eyeshadows, they are smooth, pigmented, they blend really well and dont go patchy. Theres a wide collection of colours to choose from as well, so all in all a really good budget eyeshadow pick that you can make perfect for you!

left to right – contour powder in fair, highlight moon, highlight pop, l’amour, flame, bloom, sun ray.

ive only tried the highlighters from obsession makeup before, so i cant say how the contour powder or blushers are. but i can say that the highlighters are really nice, soft and bendable, and they pack a punch! i really like them, especially moon the pretty lilac one.

so all in all, especially considering the price i paid for all these im really happy! i got such a bargain and i know im going to use them.

what was the last bargain you got?

cath x