My holiday is nearly here yay!! I’m going to florida so obviously I’m going to be buying a lot of makeup, I’ve saved specially for my Sephora and ulta funds!! HA!! but I like taking away my favourite makeup essentials that I use daily or that will be nice to wear in the florida heat, I’m not going to lie I can never pack light or take just a few bits with me, I like to have the choice and that’s in clothes, shoes and also makeup! packing light is always a struggle for me!

I’ve been trying to decide lately what to take with me, I know last time I went in 2015 I only really bothered for the first week and then I just used minimal makeup as it’s so hot and I sweat a lot! but I’m quite conscious of my skin, I can’t go bare-faced so this year Im taking a couple of tinted foundations to wear that might be a bit more comfortable to wear in the heat but still give me a little bit of coverage.

 

others might think I’m mad for how much I take but everyone is different, I still haven’t decided on my eyeshadow palettes yet and which ones I want to take, I just want a basic palette I can use every day but it’s so hard to decide because I have so many!! but what I have currently decided on is these bits here.

I got my big clear makeup bag from primark, I love taking clear makeup bags because it’s so much easier to see everything and rummage around. nothing worse than having to empty your  makeup bag to find something you’re looking for.

Face

Becca back light primer filter

Charlotte tilbury  healthy glow tinted foundation

Laura geller hydra tint foundation

 L’Oréal pro glow

too faced bronzer in sun bunny

UD shapeshifter palette which contains both cream/powder highlighter, contour & bronzer shades

Kylie wet set highlighter palette

Kylie ulta glow

too faced love lights highlighter

tarte shape tape concealer

cover fx illuminating spray

mac fix plus

UD all nighter setting spray

Eyes

 L’Oréal paradise mascara

too faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Stila magnificent metal glitter shadows

UD eyeshadow primer

2 basic eyeshadow palettes ( still undecided) Im thinking tarte or morphe

Lips

Kylie Velvets In bare, and nake

Kylie gloss in literally

Kylie maliboo lip liner

NYX suede lip liner in sandstorm

Lano  lips tinted lip balm in perfectly nude

Jouer  lip topper in st tropez

 

I definitely want a bit of coverage on my skin and to be bronzed and glowy, I am going to be glowing probably without using highlighter lets face it ha ha. I also am taking my stila glitters because I am obsessed with these and think they will look lovely in the sun and also for evenings out, I get so many complements when I wear them. I’m taking all nudes because I just love a nude, I just find it goes with everything and I’m loving more glossy and tinted lips rather than liquid lipsticks. Kylie’s velvet lipsticks are amazing because they aren’t drying or super matte.

 

 

I’m also going to be taking my favourite moisturiser at the moment that’s the L’Oreal hydra genius one, as well as my SPF, and cooling face mists!

I’m going to be doing a separate post all about my holiday and what my plan is while I’m away with blogging etc but I love reading other people’s holiday makeup bag posts so I thought I would do my own.

 

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laura geller

A brand I dont think gets enough love or attention and definitely a brand I want to try more products from is Laura Geller.

I love Laura Geller and all the products I’ve tried so far, if you’re a lover of natural fresh looking makeup and glowy and radiant skin then you will really love Laura Geller.

I think because it’s not long been more accessibe in the uk maybe that’s why more people dont talk about these products, you can find Laura Geller on Debenhams, feel unique, house of fraser and QVC uk

 

laura geller makeup

 

Quench – N – Tint foundation in light £26

laura geller quench n tint foundation

I have been testing out this quench n tint foundation for a few weeks now, it’s gorgeous and the formula is really unusual actually, although it comes out like a typical foundation when you start to blend it into the skin it just feels like water! It’s incredibly moisturing and beautiful for dry or aging skin. It just made my skin feel so refreshed and radiant. The coverage is ok, I would say light to medium, it could be buidlable but you definetly wont get full coverage from this, so if you like full coverage this wont be for you. But This is going to be so perfect to take away on holiday with me and for the florida heat!  it leaves the skin so hydrated, and healthy looking. It makes the skin look so fresh and luminous. I love how it feels on, it’s not heavy or sticky or anything, it just feels like your skin but better. I can build it up a little bit as well so the lighter coverage doesn’t bother me that much. Like I said if you have dry or aging skin I think you will love this as it wont settle in dry patches or fine lines. If you love a more light foundation this will be perfect for you.

It comes in 3 shades, light, medium and dark so it’s not the best but I definitely think you could make it work.

Liquid gelato pillow talk illuminator in Ballerina £21

pillow top illuminator laura geller

 

I love using liquid highlighters, I mix them into my moisturisers and foundations. I dont know why but I just find liquid and cream highlighters look so much nicer on my skin than powders do. This is a sheer liquid formula, in the shade Ballerina which is a stunning rose gold shade. I’m more on the  fair /light side and this is gorgeous for me. The cushion soft applicator makes it perfect to apply to cheek bones and any other feature you like to highlight.  This is great to use for everyday and on the go. It just gives the skin the most gorgeous natural glow.

 

Easy illuminating stick in ballerina £21

laura geller easy illuminating stick

 

The easy illuminatiing sticks are also perfect to get that quick and easy glow on the go, perfect to travel with and to pop in your bag. This really does go a long way, you only need a little bit and because it’s a stick it’s just so easy to apply to cheeks, nose, cupids bow, you could even use it on the lips. It gives a natural  luminosity to the skin which I love. It almost has a cream to powder formula so it doesn’t feel wet on the skin or anything. It comes in 3 shades Etheral, Ballerina, and gilded honey.

 

Baked Gelato Swirl highlighter in gilded honey £21

laura geller gelato swirl

I love the gelato highlighters, I think it’s what Laura Geller is more well known for, because everyone was after this highlighter at one point. I have gilded honey and the formula is so gorgeous, it’s so soft and silky and just blends perfectly into the skin. I think it’s because it almost feels like a cream texture but applies like a powder.  It is on the small side to your typical highlighter size pans but you do only need a little bit as it’s so pigmented, so this will last you a long time. Gilded honey is a beautiful caramel honey gold shade, which is perfect for all skin tones but I do personally think its more suitable for medium to deep skin.

laura geller swatches

What I love about all of these Laura Geller products is that they dont just have to be used as a typical highlighter, you can sweep these all over the face to give you a really radiant and luminous look, or mix in with foundations and moisturisers without you looking like the tin man. I have a list of other Laura Geller products I want to try. A few I’ve got my eye on is the face powders and bronzers including the baked balance – n- brighten powder, and the bronze-n- brighten powder, these look really interesting. Maybe I will pick them up when I’m in America.

Have you tried any of these products from Laura Geller? or have any other products you recommend to try. let me know below. I highly recommend trying this brand if you haven’t already, I don’t think you will be dissapointed.

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sephora makeup themed cake

 

So it was my birthday on  Friday I was 26 wahhh, I’m getting so close to 30!! Scary times!! But because I’m going to America next week I didn’t really ask for much or want to celeibrate to be honest. I had my eye on a few little makeup sets I had seen on cult beauty and beauty bay but apart from that I didn’t need much else. As I knew I would be buying lots in America.

Well I did have a nice big surprise, my boyfriend surprised me with this amazing makeup themed cake!! It’s insane and I’ve never seen anything like it. It had so much detail and you could tell a lot of work went into it. He said he told them exactly what he wanted down to the makeup that was on it, like the naked palettes and MAC Makeup., bless him. So cute!! I’m so glad he understands and supports my makeup addiction.

makeup sephora themed cake

It’s crazy how much detail it had, the main cake was the Sephora shopping bag with all the makeup coming out, and then next to it had a MAC bag and ulta bag that was made out of rice krispies and the rest was all made out of fondant. The actual cake inside was chocolate brownie and it tasted absolutely amazing!! It literally melted in the mouth and was so soft! It was yummy!!

makeup sephora themed cake

As you can imagine it went down a treat with my family and I cut bits off to give everyone which was devastating to do but I obviously I didn’t want to waste it.

I’ve got plenty of pictures to look back on luckily.

I got some mini makeup sets that I really wanted including the Huda nude love set, the cover fx illuminating set and a few Sephora favourites sets that I didn’t even ask for  but was so pleased with them as I love the Sephora sets, they’re such good value.

 

lashstash set

The lash stash mascara set is one of my favourites, and I always pick it up when it comes out. It’s such good value and the perfect way to try out lots of different mascaras. They normally have a bigger one then this but this has 5 different mascaras and also a voucher which you can take into Sephora and exchange for a full size mascara of your choice. Which I thought was fab! Not sure what one I’m going to get yet  as I love tarte, benefit and too faced mascaras.

 

sephora favourites nude lip set

This give me some nude lip set is perfect and so me, as I love my nudes! Again this is great for trying lots of different brands. And is really good value as it comes with one full size lipstick! I love all the shades in this set and they’re perfect for putting in my makeup bag or handbag for on the go and touch ups etc.

 

huda beauty mini liquid lipsticks

 

The Huda beauty mini nude love collection set, I have tried the Huda liquid lipsticks before and I wasn’t a huge fan if I’m completely honest but I did really want these as I loved the shade range! And I thought I would give them a second chance. Again these are perfect for Travel and on the go.

 

cover fx illuminating set

The cover fx illuminating setting spray is my favourite, it’s so good and really does give you an illuminated and dewy finish but I really wanted to try the illuminating primer and the highlighters so these set was perfect. They also have a matte set as well.  I’ve tried the highlighter and primer out already and I will definitely be picking up the full size!!

I got a few other litle bits and some money to get myself some dollars, so I will treat myself when I’m in america, definitely a trip to Sephora ha ha!!

 

If you would like to know where my cake was made it was by foxy cakes

They did such an amazing job and no doubt we will be using them again in the future.

 

I love reading other people’s posts on what they got for birthdays and christmas etc so I hope you enjoyed mine. And I just had to share this cake with you all.

Thanks for reading

 

Benefit makeup sets at debenhams

 

There’s nothing I love more than offers and deals, and when it’s on makeup it’s even better. I am a huge lover of Benefit and I have a lot of the mini sets they do as I think they’re amazing value and mini makeup is so cute right?!, plus it is the perfect way to try out the product before buying the full size. So when I heard about these Benefit makeup kits that currently have 25% off at debenhams obviously I had to let you guys know so you could also grab some for yourself. It’s ok you can Thank me later ha ha.

These kits are perfect for that quick fix, and easy everyday makeup. Everyone wants quick an easy and these kits cover the basics that you need. Available both in store and online and the offer runs from today  the 22nd August

They have lots of kits to choose from including Brow and makeup kits, I definitely think you will find something you love,depending on what you personally prefer to use.

 

Benefit makeup kits


 

Defined & Refined Brows kit

 If you’re a perfectionist and a bit of a pro with your brows you will love this set, it contains everything to prime and define your brows.

kit Includes BROWVO conditioning eyebrow primer, Mapping brow tool for shaping the perfect symmetrical brows, Precisely my brow pencil, the perfect pencil for defining and filling in brows. And lastly High brow pencil, which is perfect to use for  that gorgeous brow bone highlight.

Retail price £31.50

with 25% discount £23.63

Kit worth value £46.33

 

 

 

Bigger and bolder brows kit 

Everyone loves a bold brow now days, I know I do, so this set is perfect for us who love a thick bold brow. perfect to fill, sculpt and set your brows. This is obviously the set I had to get.

Kit contains Special shaping stencils for an expert personalised brow shape, Stencil holder, KA – BROW the popular brow cream/gel, high brow pencil, and ready set clear brow gel mini.

Retail price £31.50

with 25% discount £23.63

Kit Worth value $48.50

 

Benefit bigger and bolder brows

I do love a bold brow, and I have been wanting to try the KA brow for a while now, as I’ve heard it’s really good. These sets are perfect value and for trying out products and testing them before buying the full size.  I normally will line my brows with a pencil then fill them in with a brow cream/gel like KA brow and then I love using a clear brow gel or gimme brow to set them in place. I can’t leave the house without any brow products on. So I’m pleased all these sets contain the basic depending on what you like to use.

Benefit brow kit

Soft & Natural Brows kit

If your more into soft and natural brows, and want quick and easy no fuss brows than this starter set is definitely for you. You can’t go wrong with a brow pencil and gel.

It contains shaping stencils, goof proof brow pencil, high brow pencil, and ready set brow clear brow gel mini

Retail price  £31.50

with 25% discount £23.63

Kit worth value £48.50

 


 

Makeup kits

Now these makeup sets are such good value and perfect starter kits, which I personally think are great for travel and on the go. If you want to try out a variety of benefit products then I highly recommend these kits. I have got so many of these including the hoola set which is amazing by the way if you’re a hoola bronzer fan.

Benefit makeup kits

Sugarlicious Kit

The perfect kit for us girls who love that natural effortless fresh-faced look.

This set contains lip and cheek tint in benetint to add a gorgeous pop of colour. High beam to give the most gorgeous soft glow to the cheeks, sugarbomb box o’ powder, sugarbomb lip gloss for kissable plump looking lips and mini powder brush which is so handy to carry round in your makeup bag.

Retail price  £26.50

with 25% discount £19.87

 worth value  £31.43

 

Benefit sugarlicious kit

 

In this set I love the high beam highlighter, powder and lip gloss. I dont use tints often, I’m more a blush kind of girl but I must admit  they are lovely to add that Flush of colour to the skin and make you look a little bit more awake . High beam I love as it gives such a gorgeous dewy finish to the skin, and I personally love using liquid and cream highlighters.

Feeling Dandy Kit

The popular Dandelion face powder that suits so many skin tones and gives natural colour and radiance to the cheeks and face, this again is the perfect lip and cheek kit and has the gorgeous Dandelion powder, so If you’re a lover of  Dandelion then you need this kit!

Include

Kit Includes, posietint, high beam, Dandelion box o’ powder, Dandelion lip gloss, and mini powder brush.

Retail price  £25.50

with 25% discount £19.12

kit worth  £31.43

Benefit feeling dandy kit

The Dandelion powder makes a gorgeous blush or finishing powder depending on your skin tone and what you prefer to use it as, It looks so natural on the skin and gives a lovely radiant finish. Posietint is more my kind of shade, it’s a little bit more natural looking and not too pink. These sets really are great for travel as they’re a perfect compact size, it’s all in one, and they even come with a little mirror and tips and tricks guide which is so handy.

 

Benefit face value kits

Have you tried any of the Benefit value sets? and will you be picking any up with the 25% off? let me know your favourite. And don’t forget to check out the full range of offers in store and online at debenhams.

Thanks for reading my fellow Benebabes!

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urban decay review

I wanted to do a post and focus on a brand I have been absolutely loving this month and that is Urban Decay, If you follow me on social media you will know I was invited to the event for the launch of the new naked heat palette recently, which I was very excited about and I had so much fun, I met some lovely other bloggers, youtubers and makeup addicts, as well as Jen and Lydia from Urban decay who I loved, those girls are so lovely, and It felt like Lydia was one of my long-lost friends, we just hit it off straight away, which is always nice when going to these events.

So the naked heat palette is the palette that literally everyone is talking about right now and for good reason, it’s definitely my favourite naked palette so far!! well done Urban decay, well done!! So obviously at the event I got given the palette and a little goody bag which was so lovely as it has given me the chance to finally try out the famous all nighter setting spray that is very well loved and always raved about, but I just hadn’t got around to picking it up myself!

Urban decay collection

I’m going to be talking about some cult classics from Urban decay like the setting spray and eyeshadow primer and also some new launches which I was very looking forward to trying.

 

Shapshifter Palette In light – medium

urban decay shape shifter palette

I have been loving this contour and colour corrector palette, I do love a bit of contour, bronzer and highlighter, although I don’t colour correct that much I was intrigued by this palette. It’s absolutly perfect for travel because it’s all in one and has a handy mirror as well. The shades are perfect for my skin tone as im more fair/light, I’ve used all of these powders and love them all, I’ve used the matte highlight powder to set my face and under my concealer etc and then I like using the lighter contour powder to define my cheeks a bit more and then the darker shade to bronze up my face. The powders are super pigmented and blend lovely.  I have been using it non stop since I got it and it’s definitely coming on holiday with me!! If you’re more fair or light and worry about contour powders being to dark this is perfect as it has the more lighter cooler tone to create the shadows and then the warmer darker shade for warming up the face.

shapeshifter swatches

Heres just a swatch of the powders just to show you how pigmented they are, you really do only need to slighty tap into the palette as the pigment is so good. All these shades work perfect for my skin tone.

Shapeshifter F113 pro Duo Brush

The shape shifter duo brush I’ve also been loving, its perfect for this palette, it has the fan side which is perfect for dusting on highlighter and the other side is more dense to sculpt out the cheek bones, the brush is super soft so it’s really easy to use and blend out product.

urban decay shapeshifter review

Naked Heat Palette

naked heat palette

 

Now I haven’t reviewed this palette or done any swatches on my blog as I just felt like everyone has talked about this so much,  and what more can I say that others haven’t, but I am loving this, it is perfect for both summer and autumn, the smokey warm brown and orange tones I am seriously in love with lately. The shades are so pigmented and blend out like a dream. When I was at the event one of the Urban Decay makeup artist used this on Lydia and actually used one of the shades as a blush, it looked so gorgeous, I can’t wait to play around with this some more. It also goes perfect with the original eyeshadow primer potion, I can’t live without using eyeshadow primer, and this one is definitely a must have, It makes my shadow last for hours!!

Quick Fix Priming spray & All nighter setting spray

all nighter spray

If you know me then you know I love a good face spray. whether its primers, setting sprays or even sprays that just refresh the skin. I have quite the collection of face sprays but I didn’t have any from Urban Decay so I was really excited to try these.

The Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray I use before I add anything to my face in the mornings and before I apply my makeup, it just really freshens up the skin and makes you feel awake, It smells gorgeous as well like coconuts, you can use this over makeup as well to just hydrate and freshen up the skin. It claims to reduce the appearance of pores, replaces lost moisture and wakes up the skin. This is like everything I want in a priming spray!

The all nighter spray is a setting spray so is used once you have completed all your makeup and you really don’t want it budging, this is so good for events, nights out, etc. It’s like superglue but without feeling like glue ha!

It claims to make your makeup last for up to 16 hours, without melting, fading or setting into fine lines.

 

Naked skin Highlighter fluid

naked highlighter fluid

The naked skin concealer is one of my favourites so I was looking forward to trying these, as I do love a liquid highlighter, the packaging is exactly the same as the concealers so people can get mixed up with these, and I dont see these get talked about a lot but they should as they’re so nice.

A creamy highlighter that instantly illuminates and blurs flaws for the perfect Naked glow!

I love to glow and these are just so handy to pop in your makeup bag and for travel and to touch up throughout the day. I just love the look of glowy and radiant skin on people, including myself.  These are great for strobing and giving that glow from within look.

5 shades to choose from so you will definitely find one you love.

Sin – the perfect champagne

  Fireball – peach with a pink shift

Skywalk- an amazing blue

Luminous- silver white pearl

Aura – a soft pink

naked fluid highlighter swatches

L-R Fireball,Sky walk, Sin, Luminous

 

Vice sheer shimmer Lipstick In ex girlfriend

vice sheer shimmer lipstick

I haven’t tried the Urban Decay lipsticks before but I get recommended them all the time, I definitely need to pick up some of the liquid lipsticks next, I feel like liquid lips have taken over and no one ever talks about normal lipsticks anymore. But you can’t beat a nice lipstick for more natural days. This shade is perfect for me as I do love a nude, it’s a sheer shimmer lipstick, so it feels so moisturising on the lips and is really wearable. Also how gorgeous is the packaging?! I’m such a sucker for packaging. This shade is a your lips but better colour, a rosy type nude pink, It’s very natural, well on me it is anyway.

 

Rehab makeup prep pore refining peel

makeup prep pore refining mask

 

And lastly is the pore refining peel mask, they have just recently launched skin care which I’m dying to try actually and after using this I really want to try a few of the other skin care bits including the Hot Springs Hydrating Gel. Now I would love to say I don’t suffer with pores but I really do, and I like using creams, primers and masks that make them look smaller. I love the fact this is a peel off mask, it’s always so satisfying peeling off face masks don’t you think?!. I’ve used this a few times so will definitely report back and let you know if it’s helped with my pores.

“Rehab Makeup Prep Pore Refining Peel is like a vacuum for your pores. This easy-to-use, peel-off mask immediately draws out impurities—leaving pores visibly cleaner, more refined and smaller-looking”

So those are the products I’ve been loving from Urban Decay this month.

Have you tried any of these products mentioned? what are you currently loving from Urban decay?

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