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

Happy Halloween! Dark mermaid halloween makeup.


Hey there! Happy Halloween! so once i knew i wanted to do a Halloween makeup look for Halloween the hunt was on to figure out what kind of look i wanted to do! i reached out and asked on instagram, twitter and facebook and i had the suggestion dark mermaid come back. I really like this idea so off i went! i actually ended up doing this look twice, i did it on Saturday but i really wasn’t happy with how the look or the pictures turned out so i tried again on Monday and im much happier with this one!

I hope you like this too, happy Halloween!

Eyes –

Revolution brow tint in dark – go to brow product.

Bourjois 24HR eyeshadow primer.

Imagic flash palette using black – as an eyeshadow base.

Revolution single eyeshadow in touch me – to set my primer and base.

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used poison as my first crease colour, and then shrine was more directly in my crease.

Sleek divine ultra mattes V1 brights palette using sugarlite and dragonfly – i found the colours getting muddy so i used these to brighten the colours up.

Revolution eyes like angels eyeshadow palette using aqua dream – as my lid colour.
Maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner in charcoal black – i did a heavy wing, i didnt plan too! but i did.

maybelline total temptation mascara in black – even when i wear lashes, i still pile it on!

Eyelashes from ebay.

Face –

Obsession whitener drops, max factor facefinity foundation in light ivory, freedom ghost whitener, revolution liquid highlighter unicorn elixir, revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy and imagic flash palette the blue – ok, so my “foundation” was a right old mix! i basically kept mixing until i got what i wanted, in the end for some reason in some pictures i look much bluer than others! it gets the effect across though, and that was all over my face, neck and chest.

Elf HD setting powder – to set everything!

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used a stencil i got from a mermaid kit from tescos, but fishnet tights work well too! and then i basically just went all around my face and picked random spots on my chest, i also shaded/contoured my chest a bit, and blended the scales in so they didn’t look so placed.

Revolution ultra cool glow highlighter palette using the green – i sprayed my brush with a setting spray before i picked up the powder and then i went wild! pretty much all over my chest, cheekbones, nose, chin, cupids bow, under the brow, inner corners, everywhere!

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then grabbed this super pretty glitter and pretty much did the same that i did with the highlighter! minus cupids bow and eyes.

Lips –
MUA luxe velvet lip lacquer in splash – all over the lips.

Revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy – i patted this in the centre of my lips then blended outwards.

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then basically did the same with the glitter too.

I am so happy i re did this! because i like this version so much more than i liked my first one, it really proves that sometimes its worth trying again!

I hope you enjoy, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Cath x

Evil Widower halloween makeup.


Hey there! so i havent done a makeup look in a while! but i finally had a moment to do a halloween look, while trying to figure out what to do i asked a few of my friends, and i had some interesting suggestions! the two i got was cult of the damned, and makeup based upon the makeup that an npc wears in world of warcraft.

Taking all this on this is what i ended up with! very pale, red & purple eyes and lips with an interesting marking pattern. Ive had various opinions of what everyone thinks it may be, i think a widower in a big haunted mansion, whos husband haunts comes to mind!

Anyway i add a lot of fun doing this, it was great fun playing dress up i hope you enjoy what i did too!

eyes –
Eyebrows
– Revolution ultra brow tint in dark.

Eyeshadow primer – Bourjois 24 HR eyeshadow primer.

Eyeshadow base -Imagic flash palette dupe -white,red – white around my eyebrows and red as an eyeshadow base.

Eyeshadow base – Freedom gel eyeliner in red – eyeshadow base that kinda failed!

Eyeshadow palette – Revolution beautiful darkness eyeshadow palette – spirit, dead rose, horror, demon. – spirit to set the base, horror as the first crease colour, demon as the second, dead rose as the lid colour.

Liquid eyeliner -Maybelline master ink matte liquid liner. – large cat flick eyeliner!

Mascara – Too faced better than sex mascara.

False eyelashes – from ebay.

Face –
Foundation – Revolution conceal and define full coverage foundation in F0.5.

 Foundation – Imagic flash palette – white.

Foundation – Freedom ghost whitener.

Contour – Freedom sfx palette, the pale grey and white.

Powder – Elf HD setting powder.

lips –
Lipgloss/lipstick – Freedom pro melts lipgloss in shock.

Lipstick – Rimmel london lasting finish by kate lipstick in 04.

Lipstick – Modelsown hipstick sheen lipstick in 03.

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

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

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

A rather Large Superdrug Haul.

Hey there! so last sunday i made a rather large superdrug order, not only did did i need a few things superdrug currently as mix & match 3 for 2. So it was a good excuse to get some things i wanted as well! of course, its all for the blog (honestly the best excuse).

So over the past few months i went through a bit of a skincare phase, but i seem to have fallen back into a makeup phase now! i still needed/wanted a few skincare and haircare bits however.

My hair doesnt like this heat right now! ive loved the herbal essences naked shine range for a while but the conditioner doesnt seem to be quite cutting it anymore so instead i ordered the herbal essences naked green tea and mint conditioner (normally £3.99 currently £1.98). also hair wise i needed a new hair mask so got the ultimate blends coconut oil frizzy hair mask (currently £2.99 was £4.49). i got 2 showers as you can see, some of my favourites! the original source mint & tea tree shower gel  (£1, was £2.29) a staple of mine especially in the summer! and the superdrug fruity orange & satsuma shower gel (99p) is a shower gel i always order when i order from superdrug.

Finally for this section, i got 2 skincare items, ive really wanted a spritz like the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid facial spritz (£7.99) for a while, and as B. are on buy one get one free i thought i would pick up a back up of my current favourite cleanser for a second cleanse/morning cleanse, the B. clean Creamy Foam hydrating cleanser (£6.99) is amazing because it gives that clean fresh feeling for the summer without stripping or making your skin dry.


Onto the new shiny makeup! i was running very low on powder in general, and a friend suggested the E.l.f High definition setting powder (£7.50). i used this powder many years ago when elf was first in the uk and really liked it so i thought why not! i also really needed a pressed powder so i thought id give the maybelline fit me matte and poreless powder in translucent (£5.99) a go, i normally go for coloured powders but they are often not pale enough so i went for translucent instead.

on the theme of face products and maybelline, i thought id give the maybelline fit me matte & poreless foundation in 95 fair porcelain (£6.99) a try. i wish i could try more drugstore foundations but they are so often too dark for me. but they seem to have brought out a very light shade yay! i also hadnt tried a foundation in a while.
i picked up a tube of the collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19) in the new shade extra fair, ive tried this concealer before but its never quite been light enough for me so fingers crossed this one is and i can finally give it a good go!
the last face product i picked up is the barry m all night long stick primer in original (£6.99). i really liked the sound of a stick primer, i really like stick products and really want to try more!

almost there i promise! i spent too much money, i needed some new mascaras/wanted some new ones to try, i couldnt resist tryin this new one from loreal the infallible unlimited mascara £10.99. i couldnt not try this really weird want, it bends to a right angle! so odd. The next mascara i bought is the loreal false lash X fiber mascara (£10.99), ive always wanted to try a fiber mascara and ive heard nothing but good things about this one! finally for mascaras, i got the barry m showgirl extra lengthening mascara (£4.99), ive been meaning to try this for a while hearing all good things about it, the tube is rather weighty!

the last thing i got was a new liquid liner, i normally use the bourjois liner pinceau because i find it really hard to find a matt liner with a tip i like! so i thought id try the maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner (£5.99). sounds promising considering its so hard to find a matte liner in the drugstore!

phew! as you can see i seriously hauled, thanks for the 3 for 2! what would you like to see me review first? let me know!

cath x