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Younique Epic Mascara ♡

Hi beauties,

Wow yesterday was so so busy I didn’t even get chance to get this post up, so here we are, it’s up!! Yaaay! 🙂

If you follow my blog/makeup journey on any of my social media (all linked below) then you’ll know I love trying out new mascaras. Usually I am impressed by a mascara, but until I had used this one I’d always felt I was missing out & wanted more from my mascara. NO MORE. THIS IS BOMB.

Girls & guys, if you haven’t tried this mascara you need it in your life, I’ve never had more complements than when I use this. This mascara is definitely one of the reasons why I decided to partner with Younique.

I have tried & tested this baby for months… at least half a year if not more. This is my second tube & that’s saying something with mascara. More times than not I don’t repurchase a mascara, I tend to buy a different one still on the search for that perfect mascara. Between repurchasing this I did try a couple of other mascaras to see what else there was to offer but I always came back to this – my previous mascara review wasn’t so positive unfortunately!

What Younique claim;

  • Clinically proven to visibly improve volume,
    length, and definition with an intensely conspicuous coat
    • For a truly multidimensional finish, go big with a second coat for dramatic lashes
    • A blend of flexible polymers adds buildable volume to lashes
    • Ophthalmologically tested

I would definitely agree with these claims, my lashes appear much longer & more voluminous with just one coat. The difference is amazing, plus since using this my natural lashes are much more healthy & have definitely grown. I know this as I was getting a lot of gaps in my lashes from other mascaras where they’ve been hard to get off & caused lashes to come out! Booo! Epic definitely gives my lashes a more curled appearance, I hate using lash curlers so this is a win!!

The flexible polymers claim comes from the fact one of the main ingredients in the mascara is beeswax. Beeswax is what creates the flexibility in mascaras & with Younique our ethos is “Nature. Love. Science” basically they pride themselves on being a natural based, high quality cosmetics company so using ingredients inspired by mother nature. I did research this myself, this website is great if you’re interested in the benefits of beeswax in a mascara, it was actually an interesting read.

This picture is between using different mascaras. Hate how stubby & lifeless my lashes look.

The wand & formula

These type of wands are by far my favourite, it’s a bristly wand rather than the hard plastic wands. I did used to like the plastic ones, but went off them a couple years ago as I kept jabbing myself in the eye! Ouch!🙈

Anyway, this mascara has a bristly wand, the bristles aren’t so soft where the mascara isn’t distributed well it’s inbetween! The bristles are a great depth so you can get a good amount of coverage on all lashes. It coats lashes I didn’t even realise I had!

The formula is not too wet & not too dry, it’s that perfect happy medium. I hate mascaras that are super wet as they get everywhere & I end up leaving them for a couple months to dry up a little. But not with this, as described above it coats the lashes great & definitely enhances them. I don’t feel the need to wear falsies at all. I dont notice any fall out throughout the day, which is everything when looking for a holy grail mascara!

Who wants black bits all over their flawless base? nobody.

PLUS the tube of product lasts ages, I’ve not had any problems with it drying up before being able to use it all up, this is one of my pet peeves with makeup!!

Love how fluffy & full Epic makes my lashes.

Conclusion

Overall this is definitely my holy grail mascara, one I always go back to. It is £19, but to me this mascara is worth every single penny. This mascara is one of the reasons I decided to partner with Younique, the before & afters really speak for themselves really.

If you’re looking for your holy grail mascara I highly recommend this, click here to check it out.

Have you tried this mascara?

What’s your holy grail?

**Try it for 14 days. If you don’t love it as much as I do I’ll give you a full refund**

**There’s also a fact sheet which includes everything you need to know about this mascara if you’re wanting to know more about ingredients etc.**

**DISCLAIMER Yes I may be partnered with the company. But as always I’m totally honest with you lovelies, I would never lie to you & only ever want to deliver you honest reviews & opinions of products I try no matter what the brand**

Beeswax benefits in mascara, click here to read.

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First Impression Friday

First Impressions Friday: S&G What A Peeling Face Mask ♡

Hi beauties,

Since its Friday I thought I would bring you a first impressions. Something I’m going to be doing each week 🙂 Aiming for my posts to be every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, for anyone who wondered!❤

I have used a couple of the other Soap & Glory sheet masks, if you’d like a review of those let me know 🙂

Anyway, I got this What a Peeling Mask free when I spent so much on Soap & Glory products!🙂 This mask is very straight forward to use… it’s basically a tacky bright pink mask that you smear all over your face, there was a little spatula included which I used to spread the product on my face. This was easy enough to do but as it doesn’t reseal I wanted to use it all up so piled it all on. This was fine but made the waiting time about 40 minutes rather than the 25 minutes they suggest for the mask to set in order for it to be peeled off the face.

I thought that the product was a sample at first but after having a look online it seems this is the full size product! Above is how they come packaged. You get 2 pots of mask which would do your face twice. The only downside to this product is the packaging, I would prefer the pots to be resealable! So next I’ll either get a different pot & put the rest in for another use, as I did waste half of it by loading it all on at once. Or get a friend or my partner to try it too! 🙂

Below is an image of when I’ve just applied the mask. You can see it’s glistening as it’s wet. It goes matte once dried.

You can definitely tell the mask has dried as your face feels super stiff & tight! I love peeling these masks off it’s super satisfying, it does hurt a bit where there’s peach fuzz hairs on your face but grin & bare it & you’ll be fine. Haha!

Once I had peeled it all off I was surprised that my face wasn’t bright red, it actually looked really nice. It felt so much smoother too like the impurities had actually been pulled from my pores! Yaaay!!

I always thought these sort of masks were gimiky but it seems once again, Soap & Glory have done it. This mask is fab, yes I have only tried it once, but usually if my skin is going to react it’ll do it straight away. I’ve never once had a reaction or broke out using soap & glory products, which is why I keep trying more & more!😍

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product as it does what it says! Like I say the only downside is the packaging but if the product is good then I suppose we can let them off! For a first impression I am definitely very pleased.

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Soph X Revolution Palette Review & Swatches ♡

Hi beauties,

Here I am again with another review, I love writing reviews especially when they are positive which this 100% is! 🙂

If you have tried this palette you’ll know it’s AMAZING!! Anyway for those who haven’t used it then I’m going to show you swatches & talk a bit about it.

If you didn’t know the palette is in collaboration with Sophdoesnails on YouTube, she partners with Revolution Makeup frequently & was offered the opportunity to create this palette. If you’re a fan of Revolution you will know how high quality their makeup is, but how so affordable it is. I love that about this brand, it’s so accessible!

The packaging of this palette is gorgeous, a lovely nude matte pink with rose gold writing. This is definitely Sophie all over. There’s a lovely big mirror on the inside & 24 beautiful matte & shimmer shades. They’re all so beautifully formulated & look gorgeous on the eye.

Neither matte or shimmer shades are chunky or patchy. They swatch so well & are a dream to blend on the eye. All Revolution shadows are so consistent & gorgeous, never had a bad one.

Below I have swatched all 24 shades, from bottom to top in order of how they appear in the palette.

Swatches of the first & second line;

Swatches of the third & fourth line;

As you can see all shades swatch so beautifully, they feel so buttery soft to the touch! For these swatches I did two layers of the colour for some of the mattes but it is typical that mattes don’t swatch as well as shimmer.

In my eyes these shadows are the bomb & I haven’t put this palette down since I bought it. This palette retails for £10, for 24 shadows that is phenomenal! Just over 40p for each shadow!❤

Overall, this palette is defintiely a must have in anyone’s collection. The possibilities are endless & if you read my blog regularly you’ll know I’ve used it in previous posts & no doubt you will see it a ton in the future.

I really want to do looks with the pine tree & petrol shades, comment your suggestions below please😘

♡Have you got this palette?

♡What are your thoughts?

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Makeup of the day

Date night makeup!!♡

Hi beauties ♡

Even before we had Rylie we, me & matt my fiance, found it hard to find time just for us. So now baby is here we are trying to make an effort every couple of months at least to have us time! Last week we went on our first date night since little man was born. So of course, I made an effort!🙂 I’m obsessed with how my makeup turned out so thought I would share it with you all 😘

If you follow my instagram you’ll have already had a sneak peek, follow me here! (I follow back)💜

For this look I just did my normal go to base, if you’d like me to do a post on my go to base routine comment below 🙂

I wanted to look like I’d made an effort but not spent ages, I love a smokey look so decided on this look, which I’m obsessed with!!

To start I used my Hoola bronzer in the crease of my eyes as a bit of warmth & definition. I then went in with a light & dark brown on the very outer corner of my eyes! Start by using the lighter brown to make it easier to blend the dark shade on top. Smoke out where you will be putting liner. Then once your happy go in with the darker brown to intensify the smokiness even more & to add dimension to the look. Don’t worry if it looks messy it comes together in the end.

I then used a black shadow along the lash line & roughly softened this for a smokey effect. Build up the shadows to your desired intensity of smoke, I left it quite soft & added winged liner to finish off the look! The winged liner really pulls the look together.

Since we are in autumn I decided that I was going to crack out my fave autumnal/winter lip! My matte liquid lipstick in the shade sensual!

This shade is my ALL TIME FAVE, I love it & really loved how it complimented this makeup look! Since the lip is dark I did use a liner first, applied the lippy & then blotted the excess off for a long lasting finish!!

Let me know if you like these shorter posts? Or do you prefer a more in depth tutorial style post?🙂

Love hearing your feedback!❤

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Makeup, Makeup of the day

Mummy makeup ♡

Hi lovelies,

A lot of people ask me how I get time to do makeup… well the answer is I don’t really, I just choose things I know are easy & quick to apply & of course keep it minimal!

When I do want to do a different eye look or film it it takes me hours, or even a full day depending on how Rylie is, some days he just won’t let me put him down! But when you have a baby you do take that in to consideration, when I know I have to be ready for a certain time I make sure I leave plenty of time to get things done or get up that bit earlier to get myself ready before anyone else is up!

Most days when I do decide to wear makeup it is very simple & easy, us mum’s need something speedy & that’s just exactly what this mummy makeup is all about!!🙂 YAAAAY!!🙌

Before we begin with makeup, it’s always essential that you look after your skin. I’ve found that a simple but consistent skincare routine is best.

For my skincare I like to use a cream cleanser/wash as my skin is quite dry since having my little man. I find cream cleansers don’t leave my skin feeling tight & dry, I do still use a scrub once a week (still loving my Lush dark angels scrub) to get rid of any dead skin cells & prevent dry patches.

I then either spray or use a cotton pad to wipe over my face with the Lush Tea Tree Water, this is a good all rounder as I also loved this when my skin was oily. It helps to prevent breakouts as tea tree is naturally antiseptic & antibacterial. While also toning your skin, closing up your pores after cleansing to further help to prevent breakouts. I don’t feel this step is as necessary now my skin is drier but I love how it makes my skin feel.

Lastly I moisturise, it may seem excessive but I use 3. One is the simple daily moisturiser, I use this morning on its own as it acts as a lovely light base to makeup. On a night I mix it with the Superdrug Vitamin E Serum to add that bit of extra moisture in to the skin! I really do notice a difference when using this & have recommended it to so many people who now love it too.

Both morning & evening I have recently started to use this Monu Skin Eye Cool Gel. Why haven’t I used an eye gel or cream before? It seriously hydrates & as the name suggests cools the eyes for a less puffy appearance. Not only that but it also helps my makeup to sit better on my under eyes, even after one use I noticed less creasing under my eyes when applying concealer!

YAY!! MAKEUP TIME 😄

My favourite part!!🙂 Now I’m a mummy I’m always looking for ways I can make myself look & feel better but FAST!! I think I’ve found it.. combined with my simple skincare routine I love using these few products.

To conceal my under eye darkness I used a small amount of concealer, one shade lighter than my skin tone to highlight the area. I tapped this in with my finger; doing this helps blend the concealer seamlessly in to the skin using the warmth of your finger.

To set the concealer in place I used a small amount of translucent powder, this will make sure the concealer stays in place!🙂

Because my skin is clear I didn’t need to conceal other areas but if you do go ahead & conceal any blemishes. I did use the powder on my forehead to mattify it though so I didn’t look greasy!

To add extra glow & radiance to my skin I used a blush & highlight. I applied the blush to the apples of my cheeks & swept it back for a natural effect. To add that extra glow i swept my highlighter on top of my cheek bones, brow bone, above my brows, tip of nose & inner corners of my eyes 😍

⭐When I glow on the outside, I glow on the inside⭐

To neat up my brows I used my fave brow pencil, I concentrated the colour towards the end/tail of the brow to create definition to the arch! I then use the spoolie brush on the end to comb through my brows to make sure the product is blended in well, this gives a more natural appearance!!

Of course, no look can be without mascara!! Literally my fave product, it opens my eyes & makes me look more alive 👀

For my lips I just used a lip balm… this one was a clear one but I do sometimes go for a tinted one for a little pop of colour on my lips 💋

Have you got any tips for fast makeup?

What are your holy grail products?

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#MakeupAndASmile Campaign ♡

The #MakeupAndASmile campaign was started by the beautiful Sophie of Life of Little Things blog. I wanted to show support by helping to raise awareness of this subject as until you go through this or know someone that has, you can’t really understand how people suffering from an illness really feels when you say they look ‘fine’.

#MakeupAndASmile So many people are affected by mental & physical illness now a days. Please don’t judge a book by its cover! Looks can be very deceiving.

Someone may look or say they’re ‘fine’ but inside they’re probably screaming out. Wanting to tell the world how they feel but not knowing how to put it in words. Or worrying that they’d think they’re stupid. Let me tell you, your feelings are not ‘stupid’. It’s human to have emotions, but sometimes they get the better of us, especially if daily life is made harder for whatever reason!
Illnesses, which ever form they take, are all as serious! Please speak out & reach out for help if you’re struggling, there’s so much help & support out there for you.

YOU are worthy. YOU are great. YOU are unique. There’s only one YOU so let it be the best you, you can be!😘💖

♡Please spread the love & share soph’s campaign or better still share your story, use #MakeupAndASmile & don’t forget to insert a picture of you wearing your beautiful smile!!♡

*If anyone ever needs someone to talk to. I’m always here. I like to think I’m a good listener!*

Read Sophie’s, Life Of Little Things, original post about her #MakeupAndASmile campaign here

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I’m going to be uploading every Tuesday & Thursday but today I wanted to do this bonus post to show support to a fellow blogger. Let’s help make the world a better place!

Skincare

Elemis Pro-collagen Deep Cleansing Balm ♡

Hi lovelies,

Yaaay!! A review, I love writing reviews, especially when they are good ones!! I’ve missed just sitting down & talking about a product I have enjoyed! THUMBS UP👍 if you like a good review too!❤

This product is rather boujee for me, but I have been LOVING it!! My lovely auntie kindly bought me it as part of a baby shower gift to treat myself. I thought it was such a lovely & thoughtful idea but was so shocked to see it was all Elemis stuff. I know she loves it but never expected to receive such amazing products especially knowing they’re quite expensive!

After reading so many reviews on this product & I’ve actually wanted to try it for the longest time I was too excited to dive in I used it that night!!

Before I dive in & tell you what I think, as always, let’s see what Elemis claim;

This powerful, deep cleansing balm dissolves make-up, daily grime and pollutants. Luxurious Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega™ oils and supercharged with anti-ageing algae, Padina Pavonica.

Skin is intensely cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion.

Would I agree with what Elemis claim!? Yes, I definitely would!

I used straight on top of makeup most times I used this & it really does just melt into your makeup & dissolve it for it to be effortlessly wiped away! I even used this for mascara & massaged it in to the lashes, nothing has got mascara off so easily & AMAZINGLY it didn’t sting my eyes! WOW! I would literally just repurchase it for the ease of taking eye makeup off!

I did use this when I didn’t have any makeup on, it is such a beautiful cleanser that moisturises & cleanses your skin without leaving it feeling dry! I definitely need this as my skin has got so dry recently, during pregnancy it got dry now I think the weather is making it worse!!

I love how silky smooth this cleanser feels when you rub it in to the face, it leaves this buttery soft feeling to the skin after cleansing too that really does make my skin glow!!

I was pleasantly surprised by the scent, I thought it was going to be hideously perfumed & far too strong. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I actually really love the scent, it is sort of flowery but not.. its hard to describe, it’s not over powering but you can smell the different ingredients used to make this beautiful cleanser! Once I’d used this I felt truly relaxed & my skin felt so nourished! It is quite pricy at £43 for the full size – think a 20g travel size is £10 – it is worth the money if you can afford to splurge on skincare or if you fancy a treat. But myself I couldn’t justify buying it as I have found high street cleansers to be nearly as good!

Overall, I think this is a gorgeous cleanser that is worth the price tag, if you can afford to splurge 🙂 it really does what it says!! ❤

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