Halloween 2018: Trick or Treat? Makeup Look

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Hello beauties, what’s your poison? Do you like a trick or a treat? Here is my third Halloween look, just something simple but equally as fun!

Disclaimer- This posts contains affiliate links but all opinions and reviews are as always, honest and my own

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Rebecca

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Testing Three Makeup Revolution Base Products

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Hello beauties, we all know of or have tried at least one Makeup Revolution product (they have recently changed their name from Makeup Revolution to Revolution Pro). They have really upped their game in the makeup industry, creating amazing dupes of higher end products. It use to be that they were mainly known for their palettes but have branched out to concealers and foundations in recent months. Today’s post is a review of the well known concealer, the new stick foundation and their baking powder.

Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links which may make me a small commission, that being said all opinions and reviews are honest and my own.

Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

This concealer has been reviewed to the high heavens and I even did a mini review in my full face of impressions not so long a go. This concealer has been compared to the Tarte Shape Tape.

I love the large doe foot applicator, it makes it super easy to apply the product to your under eye area and to any blemishes. It has a thick and creamy formula that blends out like a dream, covering my dark circles and a irritating spot that decided to grace me with its presence. I would definitely say this was a full coverage concealer which is right up my street. My favourite thing about this concealer is that it wears all day and doesn’t crease when set with a setting powder.

This costs £4 for 3.4ml and comes in a amazing 18 shades. I love using a darker shade for days I want a heavy contour.

Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

This foundation stick is new on the market and the idea behind it is to provide you with quick effortless coverage on days/nights you don’t have the time to work on a full face. I love the sleek bullet style tube that this comes in. From what I have seen on YouTube it’s been named the dupe of the Makeup Forever HD foundation stick. I have tried it and I have to say it’s pretty damn close, with this foundation stick maybe a little more on the dewy side.

It’s super easy to apply to your skin, simply swipe lines onto the face. I preferred using this with a Real Techniques buffing brush as I found a beauty sponge took away some of the coverage. This blends out extremely well and gave a lovely flawless look to the skin that didn’t make my large pores look worse. The coverage is definitely a medium and not a full and I wouldn’t recommend trying to build it up as it can look very cakey.

This gives a very dewy finish, which even as a dry skinned gal was too dewy for me so it will be no good for anyone with oily skin. I have to set my foundation when wearing this.

Costing £5 for is a bargain price for a foundation stick but you don’t get a lot of product in the tube. They’re 18 shades in the range and each one has a concealer shade that is meant to match it

I chose a pink toned concealer to counteract with my dark circles as a colour corrector

Revolution Bake & Finish Powder

Lastly I bought this powder as I was running low on my ultimate favourite RCMA No Color powder and thought I’d give this a go. I always bake my base makeup as I think it helps to brighten the face. The bottle although cute, is annoying to get any product out. You have to pour the powder into the lid and it goes everywhere and makes a huge mess.

When I first applied the powder with a sponge onto my under eye using a baking technique it felt quite thick so a little goes a long way. I wiped off the excess with a powder brush and to my horror it left a horrible white cast to the skin, it was just far too heavy and made the flawless looking foundation look patchy and made the concealer crease horrendously. They should make the powder much more finely milled then it is. I will not be using this again and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone and ended up just buying my old faithful!

This costs £5 for 35g

After the horrendous experience with the baking powder i ended up removing my makeup and reapplying it without the setting powder to take pictures so you can see the natural coverage and finish of the concealer and foundation.

Have you tried any of these products? Did they work for you? Let me know in the comments below.

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter!.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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I Heart Makeup Chocolate Rose Gold Palette

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Hello beauties, I’m a little late to the station reviewing today’s product. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I love a bargain dupe as I don’t have a budget that allows me to splurge on all the latest high end products. So when all the reviews, ads, videos and posts come out of the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Rose Gold palette I just had to put it on my ‘to buy’ list.

Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links which may make me a small commission, that being said all opinions and reviews are honest and my own.

This palette has been named the dupe of the well known Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette and with a price tag of £8.99 compared to the whopping £56 that the higher end one costs I’m very interested to know the results as £56 isn’t budget friendly for me!.

For our lovers of chocolate, and rose gold, we have the palette for you. Gorgeous mix of shimmer, pressed glitter and mattes in 16 amazing shades to create an array of beautiful eye looks. On trend shades ranging from soft neutrals, to rustic oranges, to deep reds to fudge browns, with amazing shimmers and glitters to take your look to the next level. Encased in our metallic rose gold chocolate casing with a full-size mirror.

Packaging

First off I have to say as a huge chocolate lover that I love love love this packaging. It comes in a sturdy plastic box with the cutest rose gold chocolate bar shaped design.

One of the deciding factors of wether I like a eyeshadow palette or not is if it has a mirror and his definitely has a good one. I’m talking great quality and it’s huge, perfect for creating a eye look in.

I Heart Makeup is also vegan and cruelty free.

Shades

Inside you will find mattes, shimmers and pressed glitters. I love that there’s is different textures to choose from. This is definitely a palette for those who love warm eye looks as it contains reds,dark nudes, rose golds, pinks, golds, copper and rich brown shades as well as two transition shades.

The pan sizes are fairly average but the highlight and transition shades (top and bottom) are twice as large. I didn’t find it a problem dipping my brush in.

Formula

I was super excited to swatch the shimmer shades and they didn’t disappoint, you will see in the swatches below just how creamy and pigmented they are and that’s with no primer or fixing spray!.

The same can be said for the glitters, I’ve found previous pressed glitters in palettes to come out patchy and flake off and I’m so glad this isn’t the case with the glitters in here. I do find I get more colour payoff with them though when I use my finger and press them onto the lid rather then use a brush.

As for the mattes, I was impressed at how soft they are and not chalky, two of the shades need some building up as the pigmentation wasn’t great but overall the mattes were easy to blend and there is hardly any fallout which is always a plus!

Swatches

Shades- ‘hold up, touch me, dirty rich, hard work and luxe’

Shades- ‘cheque, barbie, gold digga, girl boss, uh-oh and not yours’

Shades- ‘shy, back up, side-chick, my own and independent’

Overall I’m super impressed with this and have been using it constantly, is it a good dupe for the Huda palette? Based on swatches I’ve seen online (I don’t own it myself) I would say definitely! The only difference being that their isn’t a black shade in the I Heart Makeup one but this is no issue for me as I have other palettes with black shades in. If you’re interested in buying this you can find it here.

I’m thinking of buying the Mint Chocolate one next, have you tried it? Let me know in the comments below!

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter!.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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L’Oréal Infallible Longwear Shaping Sticks

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Hello beauties, I was recently in my local boots store, if you don’t live in the UK then boots is a health, beauty and make up store that sells drugstore products. I had watched a lot of positive YouTube videos on the LOreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Sticks. I have always got on well with foundation in stick form so really wanted to try these out! I picked up a foundation and a highlighter but they also sell concealer, blush and contour shades too!.

Introducing New Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation for a longwear, customisable base that lasts up to 24 hours. Our 1st base shaping stick has an ultra-creamy, no compromise formula which seamlessly melts into skin for buildable coverage, without the mask effect. The round-shaped bullet makeup applicator allows for precise, even coverage while the matte formula creates a flawless, shine-free base. Create infinite looks with the ultra-versatile shaping stick: use as a foundation, a concealer or to highlight and contour.

Packaging

Both products come in a a thick twist up bullet tube (just like a lipstick). I love the simple yet sleek design and I’m a huge fan of a see through lid, I like to see the product and how much I have left.

There are twelve shades to choose from ranging from pale, tan and dark. I definitely think they could do with having more darker shades as it does seem to cater more for the paler skinned customer. I chose shade ‘Ivory’ and shade ‘Oh my jewels’ which is a peachy pink highlight.

L’Oréal Infallible Shaping Stick Strobing Highlight

I normally opt for a powder highlight as to me they are easier to apply then a cream, but I do like to have some in my collection for days I want a super dewy look. I also love using them underneath a powder highlight as it acts like a primer and makes my less pigmented highlighters pop.

They’re four highlighters in this range, the one I chose is called ‘oh my jewels’ and is a beautiful pink shade. They have a golden shade, a frosted white colour and a light pink shade.I plan on picking the golden shade up next as recently I’ve been loving golden highlighters on my skin.

This has a gorgeous creamy consistency and is extremely easy to apply after you have put on your foundation, I like to use my fingers to apply cream products as i find it much easier to get the product where you need it. Apply to areas such as cheek and brow bone and Cupid’s bow. It blends into the skin so beautifully and as you will see below,gives the most gorgeous glow when it hits the light. I can’t wait to try some strobing with this to give the skin a healthy looking glow.

L’Oréal Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation

This foundation comes in Pan Stick form and has 12 shades to choose from, I picked up the lightest shade ‘Ivory’ and this was a perfect match for my winter skin. If you’re any paler then me however there is not a lighter shade so you will struggle.

I first tried this using the Laura Mercier hyrdrating primer as this foundation has a matte formula and I have dry skin. This is great for applying directly onto the skin as it has a domed shape to it.

It has a creamy texture and looks shiny on first application but does dry down matte.

I tried blending with a Real Techniques beauty sponge and found that it was quite hard to spread out, so opted for a Real Techniques expert face buffing brush. This worked much better, improved the coverage and made the foundation look less patchy on the skin. As for the coverage I would say this is a medium, it can however be built up to a full, just be cautious that is doesn’t start to look cakey as it is matte.

Once I had successfully found a way to apply this foundation I really liked the finish, it covered my acne scarring and didn’t make my skin look flat, I did noticed it emphasised my pores on my nose and chin a little though. Unfortunately throughout the day this started breaking up on my forehead and nostril area and didn’t look great. Perhaps this was because I used a hydrating primer rather then a mattifying one. I will continue to use this on days where I’m just popping out and don’t need to wear makeup for long just so I can simply use it up but unfortunately I won’t be purchasing again just because I have foundations that give a much better result. It’s such a shame as I read and watched loads of reviews on this where people loved it so it might of just been my skin or the primer I used!.

Price

Both sticks cost £8.99 for 9g of product, if you live in the UK then boots and Superdrug often do 3 for 2 on their makeup so then is the best time to grab it so you can get a freebie!.

Have you tried his foundation? Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below.

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter!.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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Essence Camouflage Foundation And Concealer Review.

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You may have seen in my makeup looks that I had mentioned that I have been using two new products for my base. Today’s post is a review of the Camouflage foundation and concealer from Essence.

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After reading lots of reviews and watching YouTube videos I cane across the brand Essence. It is a extremely affordable brand and I had heard so many good things about the Camouflage foundation and concealer I wanted to give them a go. They are cruelty free and don’t test on animals!.

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Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 high coverage foundation

Packaging

This foundation comes in a plastic squeezy tube with a twist off lid. I like this form of packaging as it is easy to control the amount of product and it is great to travel with as it is a slim line tube rather then a chunky glass bottle that could break. That being said I think the colours and the design of the packaging aren’t visually pleasing. I know it is a cheaply priced brand so that’s great but you can definitely tell by the look of the outside.

Shade Range

I picked up this foundation in the shade ‘ivory beige’ which is the lightest shade in the range. I will be honest when I say that their shade range is horrendous, having only three shades ( ivory beige, nude beige and honey) which only cater for paler or slightly tanned skin which is completely ridiculous!. Sort your stuff out Essence! I nearly didn’t review this duo because of this but I think it’s important to document the negatives too!.

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Formula and performance

This has a thick cream like consistency and holds its shape when squeezed onto my hand, I like to use a Real Techniques beauty sponge to apply my foundations and I didn’t have any application problems with this. It blended out perfectly and didn’t cling to my dry patches around my nose which can sometimes be a problem for me with foundations that aren’t dewy. I would definitely say this foundation is a medium to full coverage and it builds really well without looking cakey on the skin. It covered all my blemishes with ease and left a gorgeous satin finish, that didn’t need any touch up when wearing throughout the day. Long story short, it’s my new favourite foundation and I have been reaching for it more then my Mac Studio Fix.

Price

This is £3.80 for 30 ml of product. A fantastic price for such a amazing coverage and finish foundation.

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Essence Camouflage high coverage concealer

Packaging

Again I’m not too keen on the appearance of this packaging, however I liked the sturdy feel of the tube and the doe foot applicator.

Shade Range

I picked up the lightest shade ‘ivory’ which goes really well with the foundation shade I chose as it is a little lighter so it’s great for brightening the under eye. Sadly like the foundation is has a poor shade range, only having shades two shades. A yellow toned ‘ivory’ and a pink toned ‘nude’. It confuses me so much why they would only make shades for paler skin. I really hope it’s something they change as the brand get more popular.

Formula and performance

This concealer is a a extremely thick concealer which is what I would expect for a full coverage concealer. So if you prefer a thinner consistency or have mature skin I don’t think this would work well for you, as it might sink into fine lines and cause further creasing. I use this by dabbing dots of concealer onto my under eyes, any blemishes, forehead and nose and chin area for highlighting. This blends out beautifully with a beauty sponge and again didn’t cake around my eyes. The product name didn’t lie when it said ‘full coverage’ as it eradicated my dark circles with ease and has a beautiful brightening effect. I would recommend setting this with a setting powder under the eyes as I did notice a bit of creasing after wearing for a few hours. But this didn’t happen when I tried it with setting powder!.

Price

Another bargain price of £2.50 for 5ml of product which I think is amazing and I am actually loving it more then the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which is a favourite with most bloggers thanks to its coverage! The fact that you can get two base products for less then £7 is such a win!.

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I can’t wait to try more products for Essence, poor shade range aside I was extremely pleased with both products and they worked for me. I will be doing a full face of Essence makeup in the new year so keep a eye out for that!.

Have you ever tried any products from this brand?. Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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Freedom Makeup Pro Lipstick- Noir Mattes Collection

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Recently I picked up this lipstick set from TAM Beauty in a recent online haul. This was my first time buying off their website and I had do a separate review on these for you beauties.

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This set consists of Five full sized lipsticks from Freedom Makeup. I chose the Noir collection as I am a sucker for a vampy lip and it has the perfect reds and purple shades. The set itself of one of eight (they have a bare nudes collection which is next on my list). You can shop the rest of the collection here.

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The packaging is your typical lipstick bullet with twist up. Its northing extravagant and is almost cheap looking, but I do like it for the fact it is easy to use, hold, see the products colour and it doesn’t look too bad as a set when in makeup storage.

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Shades from left to right – (watching, twilight, midnight, darkness, noir)

The formula itself is very soft and creamy and applies on smoothly without he need to keep layering.  As you can see from the swatches above, the pigmentation is incredible and although the camera flash makes them look like they have a glossy finish they actually dry down to a gorgeous matte.

As for wear I haven’t had any problems with the ones I have worn, with the obvious wearing away after eating (this is usual for bullet lipsticks).

This most amazing thing about this set is the fact it cost £5 for the lot, that’s £1 per lipstick a absolute steal! You can find this set here. I will definitely be picking up more of the sets from this range.

Have you ever tried any lip products from this brand? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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Makeup Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette.

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If you are a fan of the bargain drugstore makeup brand Makeup Revolution you will have see their newest palette that they have released. It is a collaboration with Youtuber SophDoesNails (don’t be fooled by the name as she is mainly makeup based).

As soon as I saw the release pictures I had to get my hands on it, It was sold out on the Superdrug website so I went into my local store. I was so pleased to pick up the last one that they had in stock!.

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Packaging

The palette comes in water colour print box with rose gold paint splatter detailing with matching rose gold text. The best part of the packaging for me was the thick plastic film that was used to seal the palette, this meant that it hadn’t been tampered with or tested by anyone else.

The palette itself comes in a smooth sturdy matte box. Go careful how you store this as I accidently got some pink liquid lipstick on this after taking the photos and it now wont come off!.

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This boasts 14 matte shades and 10 shimmer shades which is all you need to create everything from a subtle day time look to some night time glam. I love how well the colours compliment eachother and how many looks you could get out of this  thanks to the colour range. Also is needs to be mentioned how great this palette would be for autumn and winter looks with the golds, coppers, greens, browns and reds.

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I  have noticed that when swatching some of the transition matte shades aren’t very pigmented (as you will see in the first row of swatches). Some are quite chalky and have some fallout. However they are definitely buildable and the brighter colours and the shimmers are so pigmented and easy to work with.

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Shades- ‘Penguin, Pancakes, Fairy Lights, Pink Champagne, Iced Coffee, Cuppa Tea’

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Shades- ‘Grow Old, Sparks Fly, Smokey Bronze, Mixed Berries, Tiramisu, Peaches’

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Shades- ‘Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Pine Tree, Petrol, Pug, Danger’

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Shades- ‘Strawberry Sweets, Festive Flame, Copper Coin, Mug Cake, Rosewood, Nightmare’

The cost of this palette is £10 which is think is great price for how many great shades you get. Sophie also mentioned in her introduction video that some of the shades can be mixed to use for brow and contouring. You can buy this palette here.

She also created a highlighting palette but sadly it was out of stock!.

What do you think of this palette? Let me know in the comments below!.

Thanks for reading.

Rebecca

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Collection Haul. Three products for a perfect base.

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I love testing out new foundations. I get convinced that I have found the ultimate trio (foundation, concealer and setting powder) that offers both a flawless look and coverage. Then I stumble into boots and realise I have points to spend on my advantage card  and then this haul happened. Today I will be reviewing three products from the Brand Collection (used to be Collection 2000).

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Collection is a very affordable drugstore brand and is always part of a 3 for 2 deal. They sell all kinds of makeup from primers, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks ect.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation SPF20

This foundation come in a slightly frosted sturdy glass bottle with a pump and a clip on lid, for a drug store foundation this is great!. You get 30ml of product which is standard for most foundations. This only cost £5.99!. I chose the shade ‘Porecelain’ which is the lightest shade out of five. They cater for lighter skin tones but are seriously lacking for darker skinned beauties. The consistency of this foundation is a semi thick liquid. I found it easiest to blend it in with my Real Techniques expert sponge and it did leave my face looking pretty flawless. I will say however only use this spareingly as a little goes along way and it does have great coverage. Just be careful not to use too much as this can get look cakey very quickly. This shade was quite light for me on first application but after a hour of wearing it I did noticed that it had oxidised on me to a shade darker. I’m not sure if this was because the beauty oil I use underneath my base or if the foundation does this naturally but it then matched my skin so I wasn’t complaining!. This stayed on my face all day and only started to break up around my nose in the evening after  ten hours wear without a touch up.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

This was a repurchase from me, I have gone through almost ten tubes of this concealer as its one of my favourites. In my opinion I think its a great dupe for the Mac Pro Longwear concealer that used to be my holy grail concealer. It has great coverage and it is easy to apply with its doe foot applicator. What I love most about this is that it has a brightening effect under my eyes and doesn’t crease when baked with loose powder!. The only downside to this product is that you don’t get much in a tube, but for £4.19 you can over look that as it makes short work of covering blemishes and dark circles.

Collection Primed And Ready Setting Powder

This powder is enriched with witch hazel that is well know at clearing blemishes on the skin. It has a smooth finely milled texture and feels very light and weightless on the skin. It is easy to apply with a fluffy powder brush and does give any flashback or white cast in photos or harsh lighting. It comes in a sturdy plastic case so if you are accident prone like me and drop everthing its not likey to break. This costs £3.99 and gives a nice soft matte finish to my foundation and concealer.

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(Please ignore my lippy, I may have had my breakfast after taking this photo)

I am really impressed with these three products, they work so well in conjunction with eachother and for the absolute steal of £14.17 for a face of high coverage makeup its great for those on a budget!.

What collection goodies have you tried? Let me know in the comments below!.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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New In: Soap & Glory Makeup

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So I may have stumbled into my local boots store yesterday and I may have picked up some new (well, new to me) products from Soap & Glory. I own a few makeup items from this brand and LOVE their bath and skincare products. Plus they had a free gift offer if you spent £14 on makeup. No regrets from me!.

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Hocus Focus flaw softening illuminator

If you have read my previous makeup looks you will know I am a massive fan of using Mac’s strobe cream as a base. Having ran out on Monday and my order being cancelled on the website I needed a quick replacement. Enter this amazing product. I love the dewy finish this gives and it smoothes out the skin ready for the rest of your makeup, it also has the gorgeous signature sent from their bath products.

Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick

This came free in a gift bundle, with the eyeliner and highlighter. Its a glossy nude lipstick in the shade ‘love & o-beige’. It has a creamy formula and is very pigmented. Expect high shine and popping lips with this product.

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Glow All Out luminizing face powder

This is my least favourite product of the four. I love a powdered highlight to be really bright and glowy and this wasn’t very pigmented, I really had to press hard with my brush to get anything and even then the colour payoff wasn’t great!. Luckily I got this free, and I wont be repurchasing!.

Supercat liquid eyeliner pen

You can never have too many eyeliner products, my favourite type being pens. I find them so easy to draw a wing with than using a slanted brush. This pen has a fine tip that makes it easier to get a clean line with a heavy black pigment.

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What are your favourite Soap & Glory items? Let me know in the comments below!.

Thanks for reading.

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