Boots haul & mini reviews march 2019


Hey there! So its not a surprise to anyone that once i made a boots order in February the flood gates slightly opened!. To be honest, now that i leave the house a lot more i do find that i need a lot more these days, going through things etc now that i actually, you know use them!

Anyway, the main reason i wanted to make an order was because in my last boots order i had gotten the new loreal elvive rapid reviver for damaged hair and had loved it and wanted to order more. Annoyingly, i ended up ordering the wrong one! but of course, i couldn’t order just that, to be fair i did have vouchers granting more points etc so i had reasons…honest.

Anyway, first off i will start with the hair care i picked up, as i mentioned i did want to get the ones for damaged hair from the loreal paris rapid reviver range but i ended up getting the Loreal paris elvive colour protect rapid reviver power conditioner £5.50 which is for coloured hair instead, which is annoying but so far its alright! do prefer the damaged hair one however.

Next thing i got was another hair product, Garnier ultimate blends hair food coconut oil hair mask £6.99, i got the papaya one last time and really liked it, so as i tend to do im just working my way around the garnier hair masks! i love how big this pot is.

I didnt get much skincare this time around, this time only getting yet another pot of my favourite nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating cleansing pads £13.59 for skincare, i forget how much i love these until i get them again!

I have really needed a new lip balm for a while now so i picked up the eucerin dry skin intensive lip balm £6.00, but so far its rather meh, i am yet to find the perfect lip balm for me, its a never ending search!

I havent tried a new face primer in ages, so i picked up the loreal paris infallible primer shots in pore refining £8.99, ive tried this twice and so far my biggest bug bear with this is that it separates in the bottle so you get like a slightly oily liquid that comes out too.

Soap & glory thick & fast high definition collagen-c mascara £10.50 is my go to mascara, and i have been in bad need of a new tube for longer than im willing to admit! but i have a new tube now, thankfully and im so glad. This mascara gives length and volume and doesn’t irritate my eyes so yay!

I have been thinking about trying out the NYX cant stop wont stop 24-hour foundation £15.00 for a while now, and i finally gave in! after having a look around i got it in light porcelain and im impressed because its actually bang on pretty much shade match wise. Ive tried it twice so far and i am super impressed, but will do a full review once ive tried it a few more times!

Ive always had this thing about trying different concealers, so after having a look around i took a gamble and got the barry m all night long concealer in milk £4.49, i say it was a gamble because the face products ive tried from barry m in the past tend to never be pale enough but colour me surprised! it actually matches me really well, havent tried it enough yet, but lets wait and see.

so barry m was on spend £8 and get a free mascara, i wasnt going to say no to that! so i got something ive thought about getting for ages, the barry m holographic eyeshadow topper £4.99 in blue/purple. I love the look of people wearing these people toppers but never think i could really pull it off, but i finally caved and picked this one up, ive been playing with it a little bit and god its so pretty! now to just get the courage to actually wear it.

And the mentioned free mascara was the barry m lash vegas 2 mascara £4.99, i honestly wasnt that impressed with the first lash vegas, but im willing to give this a go!

So there you! i need to you know, stop buying things….soon.

Cath x

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

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

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

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

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