CARRIE ELIZABETH JEWELLERY – THE FANCIEST I’LL EVER FEEL (EVEN IN LOCKDOWN!)

Looking fab has never been easier than it is with Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery on your side.

I received this gorgeous Sterling Silver Exotic Topaz Ring (which seems to be out of stock right now but you can still grab this stunning Sterling Silver Green Mystic Topaz Ring which is equally special) as a gift for Valentine’s Day and to say my eyes lit up when I first saw it in the flesh is an understatement!

Sterling Silver Exotic Topaz Ring

Whilst this was my first piece from the London based brand it almost certainly will not be the last. They somehow manage to capture a striking, statement feel whilst also being delicate (yet sturdy!). I’ve come to realise there really is nothing like a ring by Carrie Elizabeth.

Sterling Silver Exotic Topaz Ring

MAKEUP REVOLUTION SUPERDEWY COLLECTION REVIEW

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Have you ever seen a more beautiful collection? If perfectly strikes the balance of a luxe feel at an affordable price which is something I really can’t get enough of. Not everyone has cash to splash on the next new thing so I’m always interested to see how Makeup Revolution tackle trends and make them their own.

The Superdewy Collection includes an array of fab products to really help you live your best lit from within life.

Now that we are approaching huge easing of lockdown restrictions and can see the end in sight the latter part of 2020 is going to be all about socialising and making up for lost time. I feel like so many of us have learned to appreciate and become more comfortable in our own skin so minimal make up is where it’s at. It’s all about finding products to really highlight what is already amazing about you and that’s where this collection is really going to thrive!

Makeup Revolution Superdewy Liquid Blushes.

The new stars of this show are the Superdewy Liquid Blushes which come in five stunning shades that I have listed below.

The apply so beautifully and with such a tiny amount needed to achieve a really opaque finish they will last you absolutely ages!

Shades from top to bottom – ‘You Had Me at First Blush’, ‘Fake the Flush’, ‘Flushing for You’, ‘You Got Me Blushing’, ‘Blush Me Up’.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The key to achieving the best possible results from your makeup application is a good skincare routine.

The Superdewy Collection includes some fab pieces that will really help you take things to the next level.

The Superdewy Skin Toner smells incredible and contains hyaluronic acid for an extra hydrating boost. I’d happily wear this little beaut all on its own.

Having tried each and every single product all together I really do believe that it’s the best combination for a flawless, dewy makeup look. It feels weightless whilst looking fresh and I’m all about that life.

After all, I’m not getting any younger.

Superdewy Liquid Blush £5

Superdewy Skin Essence Spray £6

Superdewy Multi Purpose Balm £8

Superdewy Perfecting Putty £8

Superdewy Blur Balm £8

Superdewy Tinted Moisturiser £9

Superdewy Makeup Serum £10

Superdewy Skin Toner £10

SUFFERING FROM ‘MASKNE’? I GOT YOU BOO!

What is MASKNE?

Mask related acne otherwise known as ‘MASKNE’ will typically appear in the way of pimples/blemishes, redness, or irritation around your mouth, cheeks, and jawline. Basically anywhere your mask touches.

Sweat, oil, and bacteria are essentially just building up underneath your face masks and blocking up your pores, not to mention the incessant rubbing of the material which can cause damage to your skins protective barrier.

How do I treat it?

First things first. Mask hygiene. If your using disposables then you need to understand that it is essential they are changed regularly. Especially if you are required to wear one for long periods of time (in your place of work etc, I’m sure everywhere has their own procedures that need to be followed so obviously best to seek guidance through the correct channels).

I tend to go with reusable masks but that’s my personal preference. They need to be washed after every use (to stop the spread of the virus but also to help get rid of any bacteria that lurks inside  ready to pounce on your skin.

Skincare has taken on a whole new level of importance since we started wearing face masks. Now more than ever It’s really important to find a routine that works for you.

I’m oily and blemish prone so had already experimented a lot to find my perfect products and coincidentally they also really do the job with it comes to mask related acne too so I thought now would be a good time to share them with you.

My absolute ride or die is the Bye Bye Blemish Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Toner. It’s so incredibly calming and soothing and I honestly do credit this product with how clear my skin is on a day to day basis. You also can’t go wrong with their Skin Rescue Serum (which also dries down to a tacky finish and works well as a primer).

The Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Range has everything you could possibly need to tackle those pesky outbreaks as well as mattify the skin without dulling it down to nothing.

These products obviously won’t work for everyone but they are all really affordable so worth a go. Sometimes it really can be trial and error. If you’d like to try something different though look out for products that contain Salicylic Acid or Niacinamide. These are both great for acne control.

Can I cover it up?

Short answer? Yes you can.

Unfortunately makeup can also really aggravate the whole nasty situation. Obviously it’s totally up to you but personally I have found myself going bare faced more often than not at the moment I just don’t feel like putting all that effort in to go ahead and hide it anyway. It’s also given me the opportunity to really trial a ‘less is more approach’ which couldn’t be more different to how I usually do things.

Some brows, a bit of concealer and a slick of mascara and that’s about as glam as it gets right now.

Masks are obviously with us for the foreseeable so I hope this post has helped you in some way to coping with it, I’d also love to hear about what’s working for you! There really isn’t an exact science to all of this, it’s still very new to a lot of us. For now, just be kind to yourself.

THE ONE WITH…FRIENDS STARTING A (MAKEUP) REVOLUTION!

2020 may have been a godawful year for a million reasons but oh my god it sure did teach us to appreciate the little things.

Makeup Revolution brought some much needed joy into my life when they announced they were releasing a friends collection. If someone had asked me what my ultimate collab would be then that would have been right up there!

Could I be anymore of a fan?!

Makeup Revolution x Friends Monica Eyeshadow Palette, Lipstick, Lipgloss and Mirror.

The original collection (Series 1) consisted of four eyeshadow palettes, three lipsticks, six lipglosses, two makeup bags, a mirror and some adorable scrunchies!  It truly was a sight to behold with on point packaging and shade names that got me right in the feels you can imagine how excited I was when Series 2 was teased not long after…

Skincare soon followed (a body scrub and butter plus a lip scrub and mask) alongside four adorable novelty bath fixers, three brand new eyeshadow palettes and two face palettes followed by a sweatshirt (which I still don’t bloody have)! Surely now our collection is complete? What if it takes over the ribbon drawer?

Makeup Revolution x Friends Open The Door Eyeshadow Palette Swatches.

Nope! So much more nostalgic newness rained down from the heaven. Series 3 birthed possibly the best reference so far with Ichiban Joey Lipstick (honestly, my heart can’t take anymore). More palettes (because one can never have enough!), self care essentials and the cutest little lobster brush set you ever did see.

Guys I’m exhausted with all of the love.

You can purchase items from the collection here.

BRAND SPOTLIGHT – LOIS COSMETICS

Lois Cosmetics launched back in 2020 (and what a bloody year to start a business guys, BRAVE or what?!).

You know I’m all about girl power and this female founded brand hasn’t let the pandemic stop them from taking the beauty community by storm with not one but two high quality eyeshadow palettes…

Lois Cosmetics Gone Rogue Palette.

Gone Rogue for you thrill seekers and Rose Metal to soothe the most romantic of souls.

Lois Cosmetics Gone Rogue Palette Swatches.

UK based, cruelty free & vegan with the kind of quality one rarely finds in such a budget palette nowadays.

Lois Cosmetics Rose Metal Palette.

With many years experience as a professional makeup artists, working with top brands and celebrities all around the world it would have been a crying shame for Lois not to put her expertise towards building a brand that is not only socially conscious but also right on the mark when it comes to trends.

Lois Cosmetics Rose Metal Palette.

With an ever expanding range of beautiful products there is truly something for everyone. Treat yourself to the most stunning liquid eyeshadows whilst also filling your basket with brand spanking new makeup brushes and eyeliners.

Lois Cosmetics Rose Metal Palette Swatches.

You can pick up your new favourite products at loiscosmetics.com

BRAND SPOTLIGHT – ARTTITUDE COSMETICS

Arttitude Cosmetics (which is completely vegan and cruelty free) was founded in 2019 by Rukhsaar (who is also a full time clinical scientist if she wasn’t already busy enough!). 

The brand boasts a full line of lashes, lip products, liners and two of the most beautiful palettes you ever did see (the Colour Splash Palette which is the perfect addition to your collection if you’re after something daring with the kind of pigment quality most high end brands could only dream of whilst VIP is a warm toned, elegant dream (and my personal favourite!).

She fell in love with the beauty industry and make up artistry after working in the family business, Arttitude Studios…

Arttitude Cosmetics VIP Palette Swatches.

My mum has been working as a make-up artist since the early 2000’s and it was her that inspired me to learn make-up which is where I developed my passion from. When she started working as an MUA, make-up wasn’t what it is now. She wanted to challenge those norms and put the art back into make-up artistry and give it a whole new attitude, and that’s where the name comes from – her make-up studio was called Arttitude Studios, so she actually named the brand!

Ruks
Arttitude Cosmetics VIP Palette.

The Arttitude product line (which started with lashes) was originally designed with the studios clients in mind. After struggling to find the perfect lash for each client the decision was made to create their own! Each with its own luxury feel and presentation to make the experience even more special.

Building up a business whilst holding down a full time job as a health care professional isn’t something everyone can do and that’s what makes Ruks the ultimate inspiration.

Arttitude Cosmetics Colour Splash Palette.

Arttitude Cosmetics is all about community. The brand is incredibly supportive of the artists they work with and constantly strives to give back to those who have supported the company as it grows. Her advice to others with dreams of starting their own business is straight to the point but also full of love. Exactly like the brand itself!

Arttitude Cosmetics Colour Splash Palette Swatches.

It is hard work. Expect to be working around the clock. Don’t expect to plant the seed and eat the fruit the same day. Read, read and read some more! Remember – the first year in business is just about surviving. But, having said all this. Go for it and don’t hold back. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life wondering, ‘what if.’ Take the risk, work hard, and you have all my love and best wishes for your every success.

Ruks
Arttitude Cosmetics Colour Splash Palette.

If all that weren’t enough the brand is expanding into something really exciting! The By Ruks Skincare line which has launched with the Glow Getter oil, a multi tasking wonder to tackle all of your skin concerns. What a bloody powerhouse!

You can pick up your new favourite products at arttitudecosmetics.co.uk

MASK PROOF YOUR MAKEUP WITH THE MAKEUP REVOLUTION SUPERFIX MISTING SETTING SPRAY

Post contains a previously gifted product. All views are my own. 

Hands up if you are fed up to the back teeth of having to go out barefaced for fear of looking like a clown when your favourite lippy ends up smeared all over your face? 

Guys I feel you! I am super oily so I feel like I’m being attacked from all angles and to be honest I just want to feel glam again without worrying my makeup has worn away from my nose! It’s embarrassing if nothing else. Of course I completely understand that masks are a necessity right now and these things all seem very irrelevant but it would be nice to have the option to keep myself and my family safe whilst also feeling good about myself.

Let me introduce you to the Makeup Revolution Superfix Misting Setting Spray!

‘Lock your look in place with the Revolution Superfix Misting Spray. Enjoy the holding power of this weightless setting mist, perfect for use with your favourite liquid, matte or powder based base products.

This fixing spray gives you an ultra-matte, shine free look that won’t fade away. Infused with beneficial skin soothing Aloe & Vitamin E.’

Sounds magical doesn’t it? It’s transformed my makeup game in general by adding so much more longevity (I mentioned how oily I am didn’t I?!) to my look which is great but the fact I can now wear a full face and not worry about what it will look like after I’ve done my weekly shop (because let’s be honest, that’s as exiting as it gets right now isn’t it?) really has cheered me up untold amounts.

You can pick yours up for just £10 (which is a bargain considering it works just as well if not better than many high end setting sprays I’ve used). I’ve also given it a thorough testing alongside a variety of different base products to try and decide whether it only works with a certain combination (and so far I’m really pleased to say it’s been a winner with every single one!).

It’s one for your wishlist guys!

ROCCABOX BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION REVIEW – JUNE BOX (HOT GIRL SUMMER)

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I actually can’t believe that I’m writing this but…up until now I had NEVER tried a beauty subscription box. That’s mad isn’t it? For someone who spends so much time, effort (and money!) on the beauty industry to have not invested in what is basically a box of presents to yourself every month.

Well I’ve seen the error of my ways and won’t be returned back to that dark, dark place.

Roccabox has truly opened my eyes to what an amazing thing subscription boxes (when done right!) can be.

For just £10.00 per Month (plus £3.95 P&P) you can have a Roccabox sent straight to your door full to bursting point with beauty treasures for you to try and hopefully fall in love with! The box sells itself when you consider those savings!) The mixture of brands and products massively appealed to me, it’s nice to give up control every once and a while.

Bella Pierre Brown Eyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette.

This months box includes 5 fantastic products from hair and skincare right down to your makeup essentials. Incredibly versatile and a great way to try some new brands!

What you’ll find…

Bella Pierre Cosmetics – Brow Eyed Girl Palette 

RRP: £28.99

Crabtree & Evelyn – Rose Shower Milk

RRP: £9.16

The Beauty Crop – Smoothie Stick Lip Crayon

RRP: £7.00

Anatomicals – Deep Conditioning Hair Pack

RRP: £5.00

Shea Bliss Skin – Strawberry Scrub

RRP: £3.99

I really don’t know how they manage to put together such an amazing collection so affordably but I’m not complaining. Honestly, throw ALL of the Roccaboxes at me!

The quality of the pieces included are fab and were a really welcome pick me up this month. Highly recommend investing in the subscription and seeing for yourself just what a treat it really is!

Also, if you’re as obsessed with the Always Tired Co Fenty Beauty print featured above as I am then you can use code ‘THEBEAUTYBOO20’ for a cheeky discount!

BY BEAUTY BAY BRIGHT MATTE 42 COLOUR EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW

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‘A collection of forty-two matte, rainbow-hued eyeshadows. 

Combining pinks, blues, greens, yellows and purples for bold, bright results, By BEAUTY BAY Bright Matte 42 Colour Palette is the matte version of the ultimate colour spectrum collection. Each shade features intense pigment payoff and major staying power, enabling you to craft an infinite number of multidimensional looks.’

By Beauty Bay 42 Colour Bright Matte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches.

Have you ever seen such a stunning rainbow palette in all your life? Each perfectly selected shade is both vegan and cruelty free as well as buttery smooth and pigmented AF.

With such a incredibly range of shades it’s easy to see that it’s the perfect palette for creative artistry but what I’m most excited about (as someone who is very definitely NOT an MUA) is the freedom to explore more wearable monochromatic looks (greens aren’t usually my thing but I am soooo looking forward to diving in there head first and adding a bit of drama to the school run!).

Monochrome pink makeup look using the By Beauty Bay Bright Matte 42 Colour Palette.

If you’re looking at the Bright Matte and feeling ever so slightly intimidated (and who could blame you? She is a bad bitch!) then you’ll be pleased to know that it also contains a top line of (7 – including both a black and white) neutral shades to help ease you into the madness!

For £23 you can add this beauty to your arsenal and really amp up your makeup game!

You can pick yours up HERE.

By BEAUTY BAY is going to be one to watch guys!

HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT DEWY MAKE UP LOOK THAT LASTS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE OILY AF

Guys, my skin is OILY. I’m talking make up sliding off of my nose an hour after application kind of oily, and that’s fine. We can combat that with a good base and matte products which is great. However, if you’re like me then sometimes you just don’t want a full face of heavy slap. You covet the fresh faced dewy goodness you see on Instagram. 

Here I’m going to share with you some tips, tricks and products I’ve picked up in my search for a glowy complexion and hopefully they will work for you too!

Just a quick disclaimer, I’m not an MUA but these steps definitely work for me and I am an oily disaster.

Hydration

Hydration is KEY! I know that sounds bizarre because when you have oily skin it feels like the last thing you might need but trust me.

Drink plenty of water. 6-8 glasses a day is the current recommendation and it is so vital so your overall health and well being. I like to add a couple of slices of lemon to mine to give it a little extra something.

Hyaluronic Acid is also something you might want to think about. I know that sounds scary but I explain exactly what it is and the benefits of adding it to your skincare routine HERE.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of brands on the HA bandwagon now so you can purchase anything from a toner to serums and even a refreshing facial mist. The choice is yours. A good skincare routine is so important but does take a while to get to grips with as everyone has different concerns.

Base

A good base and knowing what products to use is going to be your best friend. It’s taken me ages to work out what does and doesn’t work for me but I think I’m finally there and my advice is don’t be afraid to mix products.

Most of us aren’t oily everywhere. If you really think about it you’ll realise the problem lies within certain areas. Mine is my t-zone. 

Basically I use various products in different areas of my face. I know that my nose is my biggest issue so I use a touch of the PLouise Base (£10) to really prime that area before applying my foundation and honestly I haven’t found anything else that does the trick as well as that little gem! 

My favourite dewy foundation at the moment is the Revolution Conceal and Hydrate. It has such a beautiful finish and is a bargain at just £9. I apply this with blending sponge carefully to avoid anywhere I have just laid down my PLouise Base. I then go back in once I have blending all of the product elsewhere and apply the tiniest bit of matte foundation (the best I have found is the Revolution Matte Base) to my problem area to add a touch more coverage and cover the base. The trick with oily skin is less is more and to really take your time with blending and pushing the base and foundation into the skin. It really does make all of the difference.

You’ll then need to set it all. I’m still on the hunt for my ideal powder but at the moment I’m quite liking the Collection Primed & Ready HD Blur Setting Powder (£3.99). A little goes an extremely long way so please be careful! It’s slightly pearlescent so really helps to give your skin some life and stop it from looking flat.

Finishing Touches

These are the things that are going to make the most difference overall in my opinion. You’re going to need a bronzer, blush and highlighter. Any brand will do! I then highly recommend you check out this video by Jamie Genevieve for some application tips when it comes to these specific products because she has changed the game for me!

Finish off with a dewy setting spray and whilst your face is still damp I want you to apply a little bit more of your highlighter in the usually places but also to the top of the apples of your cheeks. This step is going to make all the bloody difference when it comes to getting that glow especially now you have your base down!

I hope you have found this post helpful! Fingers crossed you can take something away from it and be able to live your best life with the dewy skin of your dreams!