Elemental Mermaid makeup look.


Hey there! so its been a long time since ive brought to you any makeup looks, but this is due to having not done any! when i go out i wear makeup, but its the same thing i always do, super dark purple smokey eyes and a lilac lip. Ive finally had the light and the moment to sit down and play and im so glad too! i had some palettes i was dying to try, it is quite like the mermaid look i did for halloween, and like a few other looks ive done in the past, but you know what, i like what i like! anyway, i hope you enjoy!



Eyes
Nars smudge proof eyeshadow base.
Revolution ultra brow tint in dark.
Imagic flash palette – the white cream all over the lid and into the crease, the dark blue on the lower lashline.
Revolution mischief mattes eyeshadow palette – Saint to set everything, Believer, Indication and Shrine layered in the crease.
Urban Decay elements eyeshadow palette – Heavy water in the first half of the lid, luna in the inner corner.
Violet Voss the rainbow eyeshadow palette – a mix of indigo and violet on the outer half of the lid, royal on the lower lashline and eclipse used close to the lower lashline to smoke it out.
Maybelline master ink liquid liner in matte black.
Maybelline snapscara.
Collection glam crystals in le freak – on the first half of the lower lashline.
Ardell kelly lashes and ebay lashes with duo glue.

Face
W7 angel balm primer.
Loreal infallible mattifying base.
Revolution conceal & define foundation in 0.5.
no17 stay time concealer in extra fair – only ended up using this around my brows.
Maybelline matte and poreless pressed powder in translucent.
NYX powder blusher in taupe.
NYX ombre blush in code breaker.
Revolution skin kiss highlighter in dream kiss.
Urban decay elements palette – luna as a highlighter as well.

Lips
NYX cosmic metals lip cream in dark nebula.
Collection glam crystals in le freak.

So there you go! i hope you enjoyed the first makeup look ive done in a while, i very much enjoyed doing it!

Cath x

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

Black Friday Haul.


Hey there! so first off i know i posted saying im back then disappeared for a week, this time complete lack of pictures and the lack of light to take them was my issue but i finally got some! so ive been waiting to post this because ive been waiting for everything to arrive, and in the end i was just going to do a part 1 and a part 2 haul but thankfully the items i was waiting for turned up!

So i went a bit crazy on black friday, i still dont really understand why we have black friday when we dont have thanks giving but at the same time im not gonna turn down a bargain! i did get some christmas shopping done, but i got some me shopping done too, so lets get to it shall we?


So the first order i made was with the body shop, they had 40% off everything and i couldnt resist! i bought the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter £10.00, ive used this a few times now, gone through 2 tins! i really like it but dont tend to buy it so this was high on the list to pick up. Next because generally if caroline hirons suggests something i want it, so i got Oils of life intensely revitalising cleansing oil-in-gel £12.00 that she mentions in her body shop brand overview! having used it a few times now, yes it is a lovely cleanser! full review coming up. Finally, i picked up the satsuma hand cream £5.00, the hand creams from the body shop are well known for being really good! and my favourite scent of all time from the body shop is satsuma, so this was a no brainer really.


Next up in the shopping there was two products i really didn’t wanna buy but needed! im all about the budget makeup and the bargains generally but there are two products i cant live without and they are on the pricier side! and of course because sods law, they ran out at the same time. So when i found that look fantastic stocked both of the things i needed and had 20% site wide i knew what i was doing! i picked up my go to eye primer the nars cosmetics pro prime smudge proof eyeshadow base £20, and my favourite foundation ever estee lauder double wear stay in place foundation in shell £32.50, in the end i saved £15 ish in total on the two along with free shipping, not bad id say!


i actually picked up some new nail polishes, now i have to be honest i dont actually buy new nail polishes very often! and its safe to say i have a type, purple and glitter! but with the ones i use the most now discontinued im on the hunt and i spotted some interesting ones from nails inc, and with 30% off why not! so i got the nails inc dirty unicorns hot to trot nail polish £11 first off, this was what made me make the order in the first place! i spotted my friend the lovely nail blogger enigmatic rambles swatch the colour rainbow hooves and after that i had to have a look at the rest! doing some browsing i then came across the life hack collection, in the colour bossing it £11 and knew that had to go in my basket too! in the end it was just above £15 for the two and im happy with that!


Last but by no means least i treated myself in the beauty bay sale, i went back and forth over this choice for ages! i wanted to really treat myself in the beauty bay sale considering 30% off makes a number of things much more in my reach. In the end after a lot of browsing and questioned i bought two things, i got the violet voss the rainbow palette £28.oo, i am so excited about this! i always struggle with eyeshadow palettes because so often theres colours i wont use in there, and i have wanted to try violet voss eyeshadows for ages but all her palettes never really appealed and then i spotted this and god damn is it cool! i cant wait to try this out. The other thing i picked up is the peter thomas roth meet your mask kit £22.00, i havent been able to buy pricey skincare for years now but ive wanted to try so much! ive adored face masks lately and so i thought i would finally bite the bullet and try out a selection of the peter thomas roth face masks, i am very much looking forward too!

So there you have it! the damage i did on the black friday sales, i did a fair amount of damage but i really enjoyed it, and got some great deals so im ok with it really!

Did you join in on black friday? lemme know!

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