My Current Favourites January/February 2018.


Hey there! so i haven’t done any favourites in a….(remembers 2018 favourites) well ok, i haven’t done current favourites in a while so i thought i would show you and talk to you about some of my current favourites at the minute.

Beauty

 

So, beauty! have to be honest, i thought i had more beauty favourites than this, but those that i have i do really like a lot!

B. multi acid retexturising facial pads £5.99
I bought these exfoliating pads just before Christmas and i have almost used up the whole tub which tells you how much i like them! i love acid exfoliators  but they can often be on the pricey side, these are really budget friendly but still work really well and have really been keeping any dry winter skin problems at bay.

The body shop facial mask duo £32.00
(Himalayan charcoal and British rose).
This is kind of cheating because its 2 products, but i did get them together so it does make sense too! i got these for Christmas, and i have really fallen in love with them, the charcoal one reminds me an awful lot of glamglow that i tried many years ago now but it doesn’t come with its price tag! it makes my skin feel super clean, but not stripped, its just a really good way to make sure theres no yuck in my skin. The rose one is also lovely, its hydrating but also surprisingly cooling on the skin and ive found it really soothing, perfect for the colder months. I really rate both of this, highly suggest you give them a try, and i hope to try some more from the body shops face mask range soon!

MUA pixel-perfect multi blush in pink blossom £3.00
Ill admit that ive kept a lot of my makeup very much the same, but a product that i bought just before Christmas that ive really been liking is this MUA blush. When i ordered it i thought it was going to be a very light pink/purple blush, maybe with a tiny bit of shimmer but nothing over the top however it turns out to be pretty much non-pigmented. However, i have found that the shimmer it contains is really fine, and the tiny bit of pigment makes it work really well as just like a brightener really. I use it on my cheeks, forehead nose and chin and i like that it lifts everything, but i dont look super instagram glowy, i just look a little bit more alive.

Loreal elvive phytoclear intensive scalp scrub.
This is one of those items that you pick up on a whim and end up really falling in love with. I picked this up in poundstretcher, Not really thinking too much about it but wanting to try a scalp scrub as i do feel that hair dye build up can really cause havoc with my scalp sometimes and boy am i glad i gave it a go! it looks like a body scrub, but what you do is wet your scalp/hair, and then massage this into your scalp really paying attention to the trouble spots, i made sure to go along my hair line and behind my ears too. It feels super cooling but didn’t irritate my scalp at all, then i just rinsed it out before using shampoo & conditioner, it rinses out pretty easily, but i wouldn’t overly worry because any bits that dont get rinsed out are shampooed out without issue. The end result is a really clean, smooth scalp/root area, and ive had less of an itchy head for sure! i just hope i can find it again.

Cleaning


Flash bathroom cleaner spray £1.00
Ive mentioned before that ive been hinched and i really enjoy cleaning, so i thought i would add my favourite cleaning product of the moment into these posts! At the minute it just has to be the flash bathroom spray, easily the product ive re-bought the most, i love this for cleaning my bathroom, either if its at the weekend all over my bath etc or a quick mid week sink clean, it leaves everything super clean and shiny without much work and it also smells so good!

Watching


Critical role
What ive been obsessed with watching lately isnt a new thing for me, but i still adore it. I have been watching critical role since october 2017, i caught up with the first campaign a few days before the second one started and ive been watching campaign 2 on Fridays/Saturdays without fail since. If you dont know what critical role is, critical role is a live streamed dnd game played by various voice actors. Its an amazing show, and since Christmas ive been re-watching campaign 1 and its made me love it even more. Campaign 2 has had some really jaw dropping juicy moments lately and ive been completely gripped!

Listening


Amaranthe 
It was a few months ago now that a couple of my friends introduced me to the Swedish rock band Amaranthe and that has been the only thing on my spotify ever since. I really love how different they are, with 2 lead singers, a man and a women and there lyrics are also amazing. One of my friends that got me into them saw them this week and i am so very jealous!

alright, thats my current favourites, what are yours right now? let me know!

cath  x

 

Superdrug haul, because I needed stuff…honest.


Hey there! so the other day i finally gave in and ordered from superdrug, i was in really bad need of new razor blades, so i finally placed an order and then of course other things fall in my basket! though i was pretty good this time for me to be fair, though then on friday boots do one of those spend £60 get £10 worth of boots points things and i wish i had waited! oh well!

Talking of razors, i did buy my favourite gillette venus spa breeze women’s 4 razor blade refills £11.55 (i got them as 2 for £20). These are hand down my favourite razors, has the built in shaving gel stops my legs from getting extremely dry and itchy!

Continuing with the boring, i also got the dove invisible dry stick anti-perspirant deodorant £3.55, i had for a while now itchy, dry underarms that also had a red rash to them. After asking on a facebook group a lot of people said that mitchum deodorant the one i had used for years had done that to them as well. I had thought about going with a natural deodorant but they are so pricey! so instead i thought i would just try something very simple and see how i go with that.

I ran out of my obsession solid brush shampoo and it was out of stock on the superdrug website so i thought i would try this B. makeup brush shampoo £5.99. I liked the idea of a liquid shampoo this time, ive only used it once so far and i will have a review on it but im not blown away yet!

If you have seen any of my hauls before you would know that i love the garnier ultimate blends hair masks, i picked up the argan one this time however its not currently on the website (guessing it sold out) though i honestly suggest any of the ultimate blends hair masks they all work really well!

Alright, makeup time! so of course i was having a look at the makeup and i noticed that a lot of MUA products were a 20% off so of course i had a look to see if there was anything i wanted!

I picked another 2 of there highlighters, MUA highlighters were all the rage years ago and theres good reason why, i already have a few of them and i picked up 2 more, MUA shimmer highlight powder in twinkling violet and silver wonder £3.00. i can not wait to use these, i used the silver wonder one the day im writing this and i wasnt disappointed, ive wanted a silver highlighter for ages but they never seem to come across like they do in the packaging but this one packs a punch!

On a bit of cheek theme, i picked up there Blushed matte blush powder in rose tea £2.50. Its a muted subtle pink, very up my ally! The final cheek product i bought from MUA was the pixel perfect multi blush in pink blossom £3.00, its very pretty in the pan but i tried it on my cheeks today and apart from the tiniest hint of shimmer it really didnt show up sadly!

Finally, i picked up something ive had my eye on for a while and its the MUA luxe velvet colour enchance lacquer £3.00. Its basically a white liquid lipstick for lightening and highlighting, im really glad to finally have this as honestly have black and white in pretty much every makeup product is a really handy thing to have!

So there you have my superdrug haul! not quite as bank balancing draining as i can be sometimes, but trust me when i say thats not a bad thing! have you picked anything up lately?

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

Makeup picks for halloween.


Hey there! so halloween is very quickly coming up, and i have to say that i adore this time of year, though i doubt that is any kind of surprise really!

I havent been able to do halloween makeup looks for the best couple of years which is rather sad, but in the years that i have done it, i tend to stick to beauty makeup and not go too far down the SFX route even if i am doing SFX effects or looks.

I have of course used some, liquid latex, fake blood, scar wax mainly but i do try to stick to beauty makeup because not only is it easier for me its easier for everyone who may want to recreate the looks i do.

So with that being said, im going to show you some of my favourite makeup products for this time of year.

Face products.


Now i have to be honest, a big part of using your normal makeup for halloween is using products not in the way they are meant to be used. For example, cream eyeshadow as lipstick and stuff like that but to make these things easier to show you i have split it up into categories!

First up is what i would say is hands down the handiest product to have for halloween/costume makeup. And that would be a flash palette, the orginal one is from makeup forever however i have the imagic flash palette dupe £9.47 , its much cheaper and works extremely well! they are basically cream paints, but they set. They work really well as eyeshadow bases, but also are perfect for painting and pretty much anything else you need it for.

Something to have on hand is a contour palette, its up to you if you go cream or powder but having a large collection of skintone shades helps a lot when you are shading/highlighting. The one i have is the Revolution HD pro powder contour -fair £8.00, but theres plenty out there. Basically just something you can do the more realistic shading and highlighting with.

The little pots you can see in the picture are next, and that is colour correcting concealers, mine are the Freedom makeup london pro camouflage & correct £3.00 in lilac, green and yellow. Coloured concealers can be used as cream paints, ive used green colour correcters before for cream paints and they work really well! also they can be for there intended colour correcting underneath an extremely pale base for example.

Something that i have admittedly way too many of are coloured highlighters, the ones in the picture are MUA undress your skin highlighting powder £3.00. But there are many coloured highlighters out there these days and they are perfect for mermaid/unicorn/fairy etc looks, for once you cant go overboard!

This could be classed as a bit of a cheat, but i do highly suggest having a white foundation or a foundation that is much paler than you are. Obviously this can be used as a basis for so many looks, and colours can be mixed into it as well! I always try to have a white foundation to hand so that i can mix it into too dark foundations anyway, the one in this picture isnt actually sold anymore, but Revolution pro SFX white base £3.00 is basically the same just not freedom!

Lastly in this section, is eyelash glue! in my picture im showing the DUO lash glue in dark £5.99, but if you want an all rounder i would suggest going for a clear lash glue over dark! but basically eyelash glue is mainly latex, and can be used just like latex to make wounds and the like. Its pricier to use tubes of lash glue but if its what you have to hand it works! my first wounds i made were eyelash glue based and it works very well.

Eyes/lips.


As you can see there are two products i have already spoken about, the imagic flash palette and eyelash glue. These two really sit in the camp of being very flexible, so they deserved to be in both sections really!

So first up in this section is the Freedom makeup london pro lipstick palette in noir £10.00, Now they have a tonne of different shade ranges for this palette, but it will be no surprise to anyone that i have the noir! with so many colours in one place you should be able to mix any colour lipstick you need, and again these would work really well as a cream paint, the added sheen would work perfectly for blood and general wounds.

The other palette in the picture is the Revolution pro regeneration palette – trends mischief mattes £8.00. Ohh i love this palette, at the beginning of my blog you can see i just dont stop using it! its a brilliant palette, and brilliant for shading and all sorts of colours from bright to dark.

Finally, eyeliners! you could also put lip liners into this category too, but pencils are so useful for the colour they bring and the detail you can get with them. A personal favourite and the one in the picture is the NYX professional makeup slide on eye pencil £6.50.

So there you have my top makeup picks for halloween! have you got anything you would add to this? let me know!

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

LGBT Pride Makeup Look!

Hey! so first post on my new blog, as some of you know i started blogging again a few weeks ago, however i stopped for a bit to move from blogger to wordpress! i am now self hosted, and with a name change too! so what better for my first post than something as important as my pride look this year. I knew i wanted to do something very special, and i hope i have done that justice! it took a while, so i hope you enjoy this.

Eyebrow Covering and Face Makeup – 
Washable Glue Stick.
MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder.
Freedom Pro Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & correct in Yellow.
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation In F1.
MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder.

Mask
Purple – NYX Hot Shots Eyeshadow In Ultra Violet.
Blue – Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Mischief Mattes Palette –  Indication.
Green – Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette – Hatter.
Yellow – Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Mischief Mattes Palette – New Day.
Orange – Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Mischief Mattes Palette – Daydream.
Red – Makeup Revolution Pro Regeneration Mischief Mattes Palette And The 120 Palette – Half Time.
A Number of different Pen style Liquid Liners.
Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Liner.
Soap & Glory Thick And Fast Mascara.
Ebay False Eyelashes.

Lips
MUA  Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer In Potent.
Freedom Lip Gloss In Black.

There you go! i hope you enjoy this and i will see you again in the next post.

Cath x