Favourite products 2018 – makeup.

Hey there! so if you didnt catch it in my last post im doing a little two-part series of my favourite products of 2018, my last post here was about all my favourite skincare products, this one is all about my favourite makeup products! i really wanted to do this especially because i saw anna (the anna edit) show how she had 8 years of her yearly favourites, and i thought that was really cool! anyway, long post incoming so lets get going.

Primer – smashbox photo finish foundation.
This is no surprise, this has been my go to foundation primer for a while now and theres good reason. Its one of those old fashioned favourites we often forget about these days! its a silicone based clear primer that smooths out the skin and makes everything apply better and last longer.


Foundation –
Estee lauder double wear stay-in-place foundation in shell.
This has been my go to foundation for a few years now and i doubt that is going to change any time soon! its lasting power is amazing, coverage is highly build able and i honestly haven’t found anything that beats it for me.


Concealer – revolution conceal & define concealer in C1.

I highly doubt that i am the only one that has this on there list, has this concealer came out in 2018 and everyone loved it so much that they brought out a supersize! If im honest, i wasnt actually too sure about this concealer at first, i thought it was a bit too heavy and the colour was off, but mixing a drop or two of whitener in made all the difference and im a big fan now! its super good coverage, not cakey or heavy (just dont use too much!) and lasts really well.


Powder – elf HD setting powder.
2018 was the year i had to admit defeat, stop buying every compact that i could find of the maybelline dream matte powder in rose nude, and find a different setting powder that i liked. asking around, a friend suggested elf hd setting powder and im so glad she did! ive actually gone through the whole tub, theres only a tiny bit left and theres very good reason why. Its actually got no colour to it, its not translucent but actually has an orange cast, it sets everything firm in place but doesnt look cakey at all either. perfect!


Contour – NYX high definition blush in taupe.

2018 was the year that i had to stop holding on to discontinued items and find something new, and after using the makeup gallery single eyeshadow for years i needed a new contour powder after basically strapping the pan clean. again i asked around and this one kept coming up and now have ive used it for a while i see why, its a good tone for us very pale people, and the powder itself is really easy to use.


Blusher –  lots of them!
blusher is the one product that i spent ages thinking about and im still not sure, its the product i mix up a lot and i dont really stick with one. i tried to pick one, but i just couldnt stick with one, i think i did have a favourite shade,which is a blue based almost bubblegum pink. but then again saying that i also really got back into the more muted dusty rose pinks so i really dont know! the blushers pictures were some of my favourites however, and i would suggest any of them.


Highlighter – obsession powder highlight in moon.

Oh it just had to be this one really! i adore this highlighter, it sits in this little 6 pan palette i have with the matte black from obsession and a purple eyeshadow too that i use all the time and theres good reason. This is a in your face, bright shining silver-purple highlight, its not “natural” a “glow from within” nothing like that, but thats exactly why i love it! i also love it for my inner corners too.


Eye primer – Nars pro prime smudge proof eyeshadow base.

This really isnt a surprise, seeing has this is the only primer ive used for a while now! i was a die hard fan of urban decay primer potion for years, but after a while i found it just wasnt enough for my oily heavily hooded lids. However, nars is, it can keep my eyeshadow on for 8+ hours (tested on christmas day, as i dont tend to wear makeup for ages) no issue, its honestly the best ive found.


Eyeshadow base/cream eyeshadow – revolution pro pigment pomade in jet black.
I tend to always wear a cream eyeshadow over my primer and before powders, i find everything looks better and lasts longer this way. Again this was a product i needed to change, because even though the maybelline colour tattoos still exist, the colour timeless black does not. So it was good timing when revolution brought out these little pots of cream pigment that can be used for pretty much anything, this pot pictured is brand new because i lost my old one, and i think that says everything really! pigmented, long lasting and blendable.


Eyeshadow – nyx ultra hot shots single eyeshadow in ultra violet.
the single eyeshadow had to be the one that i bought 9 of when i heard it was discontinuing really didnt it?, i love this matte eyeshadow, its one of the few matte purples that actually has the right undertone that i like, its also super blendable and pigmented, win! im sad its been discontinued, but im not running out for a while!


Eyeshadow palette – revolution pro regeneration trends mischief mattes.
Now i could of said the obsession palette i use all the time but i made that myself, and i could of said the sleek bad girl palette that i use all the time but i only ever use one shadow out of that. So instead i went with the palette that impressed me the most in 2018, i did at the end of 2018 get two higher end palettes but i havent had time to really try them out. But this palette blew me away in the summer, a palette full of bright matte colours, all pigmented and easy to blend, it really is a bargain and a must have if you like bright and different eyeshadows.


Liquid eyeliner – maybelline master ink matte eye liner.

i go through liquid eyeliner phases, and i got bored of my normal go to (bourjois liner pinceau) so i asked around and picked up this one and im glad i did! im picky about my liquid liners, they have to be matte, very black and easy to use, long lasting and cant flake. i wasnt sure about it at first due to the felt tip brush but actually i find its so fine i can use it pretty well, its matte and very black and lasts well, brilliant!


pencil liner – pixi endless silky eye pen in black nior.

This liner came back into my life in the latter half the year, but i have had and loved it before too! i had it a few years ago and used it to the very end very sad when it was finally gone. So i was glad when i got it back in a pink parcel this year, has i dont really wanna drop that amount of money on a black pencil liner! but it really is very good, very black, soft and glides well but when its set its not going anywhere, very glad to have it back!


mascara – soap & glory thick and fast HD mascara high definition collagen coat.
This mascara happened with one of those moments when you get something new, and you try it and you dont exactly hate it but you dont exactly love it either so it just gets left by the way side, but when you do go back to it you fall in love with it. That was what happened with this mascara for me, im glad i picked it back up! because its been the only mascara ive used for a few months now, and that is a rare thing to happen. It lengthens, volumises and is super black, i always top coat it with a waterproof mascara and ive had no issues with wear after doing that.

Lipstick – 17 mega matte lip colour in i lilac it a lot.
2018 really was the year of finding new products or replacements honestly! my beloved lipstick of choice for years, the barry m lip paint in 129 had a formula change, and it just doesn’t look or feel the same anymore. So on a mission i went, to find a replacement lipstick i liked! annoyingly, the lipstick i fell for is discontinued because the brand is gone. But all the same this is the lipstick i have been reaching for the most this year, its lilac but its, wearable lilac? if lilac can be wearable! anyway, looks like 2019 i need to find a replacement for my replacement.


Setting spray – revolution pro fix oil control makeup fixing spray.
Ive used the basic freedom setting spray for ages, but when i ran out i grabbed this revolution oil control one i had gotten as a gift and i really like it! i didn’t know if it would have the same effect, but it works well, keeps everything in place and removes the excess powdery look.

There you have it! boy that is a long post, well done if you got to the end! what was your makeup favourites? let me know.

Cath x

The Discontinued Woes.


Hey there! so if you have been into beauty for a few years at least you will know that feeling when you go to buy one of your holy grail products and you suddenly cant find it anywhere, you look all over the internet and you see those words “discontinued”.

For some reason, i seem to be plagued with this, the minute i find something i really love it gets discontinued! the other side of this problem i have is that i often buy discounted makeup either online or in poundland etc and quite often once you have found these things once they are hard to find again, and its so frustrating!

So i thought i would share my woes, and show you some of the products i really wish were not discontinued!

First up we have my nail polish problems, for some reason i always really like nail polishes that are either limited edition or get discontinued once i find them!


This is a ciate nail paint pot, the bottom says the colour is “cant be kinky” though after i did some googling the original is actually called “can it be kinky”, i bought my first bottle of this in TKmaxx. Its a really deep deep purple it basically looks black on the nail but its part of the nail varnish combo ive done for a while now! and annoyingly, i found this second bottle on ebay but since then i just cant find any, i think the “can it be kinky” was limited edition, and i found “cant be kinky” because it was default due to the typo! i am really sad that i cant find another bottle of this though.


This rather sad looking bottle is Revlons scented nail polish in grape fizz, i adore this super glittery purple nail polish topper, however it was discontinued years ago. I tend to feed my addiction through ebay and i just cross my fingers i can do that for a while yet but i have my doubts!


Finally in the nail polishes we have the maybelline superstay nail polish in purple reflects. I originally bought this off of fragrance direct and i adore it, what i tend to do is do a coat of cant be kinky, then a coat of purple reflects topped off with a coat of grape fizz. However its not sold on fragrance direct anymore, i can at the minute still find it on ebay but of course thats not gonna happen forever.

Please nail polish companies stop discontinuing pretty purple polishes!

Oh makeup, i have had so many discontinued problems its funny at this point, i always fall in love with a product that then gets discontinued!

First up is the maybelline dream matte powder in rose nude, this powder, oh this powder! it was part of the dream matte range and was in boots, superdrug etc for a while. I love this powder, its very soft it matches my skin perfectly and keeps me matte without caking! what more could you need, but sadly i ran out once, went to get some and it was gone so for years afterwards i started buying it on ebay, it seemed to still be sold in france of all places so i was buying a lot of powders that i couldnt read! it took a while but in the end i just cant find it anywhere anymore and im so sad, it was such a good powder i dont know why it was discontinued!


It seems that maybelline is quite the culprit in discontinuing things because my next product is also maybelline, its the maybelline colour tattoo in timeless black. This is a really annoying one! i have really hooded oily eyelids so i really need to use an eyeshadow primer and then a long lasting cream shadow too, and a few years ago i found that the colour tattoos finally came in a matte black! perfect! but they last so long that when i went to buy another it was gone from superdrug etc. I ended up finding it on fragrance direct, however when i went back to reorder its gone, im hoping i can find it somewhere else or find a good replacement.

Finally, this is the oldest discontinued item i can think of, and its the 17 va va voom eyeshadow palette (obviously i dont use this anymore!). This eyeshadow palette was a limited edition gift with purchase around 9/10 years ago! this palette was what started me using purple eyeshadow on a daily basis, the purple in this palette was my thing, and when i used up the purple in the palette i got, i started buying them on ebay, i did this for years! i had a collection of 17 palettes all with the purple gone or almost gone and the other colours all untouched. It took me many, many years to start finding different purples  that worked for me, but now looking back this was actually a really bad eyeshadow!

I cant be the only one with discontinued woes, what favourite product of yours got discontinued? any suggestions to replace my discontinued products?

Cath x

Boots bonus points offer haul.

Hey there! so a week or so ago boots had a offer on because it was the 21st anniversary of the advantage card, so they were doing 21 points per pound spent! yes please! you had to spend over £60. But lets face it that isnt exactly a hard thing to do! i had a couple of things i needed, but the rest i picked up because i wanted to try them and/or thought they would be good for the blog, so here it all is!

So first up is all the face, body and hair care that i picked up! this is where i spent my bulk, ill be honest.

i picked up two bottles of the zingy mango and papaya shower gel  75p, i am very fond of cheap good smelling shower gel! but so is everyone else that shares my bathroom, so lots of bottles it is.

Nail polish remover £1, because well i needed it.

boots smooth care hair removal cream £3.49, because same reason.

i picked up two skincare products from soap & glory, ive tried both of these before but a while ago now! i picked up the soap & glory peaches and clean deep cleansing milk £8.00 and the soap & glory speed plump overnight miracle moisture mousse £14.00. The cleansing milk was my go to morning cleanse and second cleanse for over a year years ago, and i am so happy to have it back! its a wonderful cleanser, feels lovely on the skin but has that extra zing to it. The mousse has a lovely almost butter like texture to it, and sinks in so well, im glad to have these back!

I grabbed another tube of the garnier skin active matcha detox face mask £5.99, this is such a lovely face mask for when you want a deep clean for your skin. my skin is stressed and hormonal right now and this mask felt wonderful on, its cooling and feels like its doing something, maybe it doesnt but it feels good! and my previous tube was down to the last drops.

Garnier ultimate blends coconut oil treatment mask £4.99, how many of these have i had in blog posts now? i love these masks.

No7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00, thanks to the hashtag #carolinehironsmademedoit and the skincare freaks facebook group my skincare obsession is right back into swing! i tend to swing between makeup and skincare, skincare it is at the minute, i was doing the 3 for 2 items thing and i spotted that this was one of the options and scooped it straight up. always looking for good budget balm and oil cleansers!


so onto the makeup i bought! the masqd sponge was a free gift when you buy kind of thing, will be interesting to try.

i spent ages looking at various makeup items, always going back to NYX as i so often do! they have this really cool gothic looking collection at the moment but after looking at everything i just knew i had too much like it or i wouldnt use it. I got my heart set on a blusher, and then i spotted this and i was sold, its the NYX ombre blush in codebreaker £9.00, a really bright purpley pink mixed with a purple.

I needed a new black pencil liner so i picked up this one from NYX  the slide on eye pencil £6.50, ive only swatched it but its very creamy!

finally, if you have followed beauty news for a while you would know that boots own brand 17 was discontinued a few months ago. But i found that some of there items were still on the website with a very heavy discount! I was very excited to find that the 17 staytime concealer in extra fair was there, for 90p! so i picked up three of them, obviously.

I also spotted a shadow for £1 in purple, so i couldnt leave that now could i?

Anyway thats everything i picked up! ive been spending a lot lately, i need to rein it back a bit, she says!

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

Switching it up matte pinks makeup look.

Hey there! so todays post is a look i did last week, i was thinking about what to do to show all of you. I thought about a few things but then i thought why dont i do exactly what i dont really do? normally i do shimmery eyes and lips and matte skin and i dont really do pinks very much!, so i switched it up today! matte eyes & lips and an awful of highlighter.

Below is what i used, i hope you enjoy!

Eyes
Bourjois 24Hr Eyeshadow Primer.
Imagic Flash Palette – Blue, Pink, Red and black mixed together – for the eyeshadow base.
Makeup revolution Single Eyeshadow In Touch Me – general blending colour.
Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Trends Mischief Mattes Palette – I used Ricochet for the crease colour, then Exclusive also in the crease, with Haunted on the lid and Cursed to blend out the liner.
Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow in Midnight black – over the black Imagic cream for liner.
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara.
ebay false eyelashes.

Face 
The Ordinary high-Adherence Silicone Primer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & Correct In Yellow & Green.
17 Stay Time 25hr Foundation In Porcelain.
Obsession Mixer Whitening Drops.
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer In F1.
Illamasqua Cream Pigment In Hollow.
Miss Beauty Pressed Powder In Ivory.
NYX Blusher In Taupe.
17 The Cheek Of It Blusher In Plum Puff.
Makeup Revolution Ghost Lights Highlighter.

Lips
Revolution Pro Lipstick Kit Reds & Vamps.

Cath x