MUA Whipped Velvet Blusher Review

I've never been someone who gravitates towards cream blush, especially as someone with oily skin. However, recently I have really been enjoying the dewy skin makeup look. This doesn't mean to say I don't set my face with powder, because lets be real nobody actually wants to be an oil slick.

This is where this product comes in, this is the MUA Whipped Velvet blusher in the shade Spry 196, this has a cream texture but is a little bit more matte and carries more pigment than your typical cream blusher.

I like to apply this product on the apples of my cheeks and blend backwards towards my temple, I do this using my fingers as it warms up the product and helps it melt into the skin, blending seamlessly (which was something I had always worried about with cream products).

The texture feels quite moisturising once on the cheeks, and it doesn't break up when put over the top of powder products. You could apply this beneath your powder, and then apply a powder blusher over the top of this for double the amount of staying power.

Another brucey bonus, is that this product is a double use one. You can apply this on your cheeks, or on your lips, or both - the choice is yours!

These Whipped Velvet blushers come in 5 different shades, ranging from bright pink to bright red. At £3 each, who says you can't have them all right?!

Do you like cream products? What's your favourite MUA products?


Must Have Benefit Product | Benetint

I was on the hunt for a product that would allow me to have some colour on my lips, but still look natural and like my lips. In looking for this, I knew I would have to find a stain rather than a lipgloss or lipstick.

You wouldn't believe it, but there aren't many lip stains on the market (at least in the UK!). After many google searches, blog post reading & walking around stores I decided that Benefit would have the best selection for me. I swatched all of the shades on my lips, and benetint had the perfect shade that I was looking for.

Applied lightly, you can achieve a light wash of pink that looks like your natural lip colour, but if you layer this up you can get a red lip that looks worthy of eating lots of berries (that's close enough to your 5 a day, right?!).

Needless to say, I have found the everyday lip product that I was looking for - but also, if you choose, you can use it on your cheeks when you are going for a more natural makeup look.

The way I like to apply this is to run the applicator over my lips, and then use my finger to smooth it out. This way it doesn't budge and it doesn't leave any marks on straws or glasses, which is a bonus itself!

At £24.50 it is a little pricey, however, it's completely worth it in my eyes. Being a liquid it is going to last you a long time as you aren't using a huge amount to achieve the results you want.

Have you tried Benetint before? Or any of the other lip & cheek stains by Benefit? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Contouring with Maybelline | NEW PRODUCT ALERT!

I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. The drugstore are stepping up their game when it comes to contour kits (and lets be honest the UK market tends to lack these sorts of products anyway).

When I spotted these my eyes lit up, like a kid in a candy store. A contour kit to add to my collection, and by Maybelline, which cost £6.99. 

The powder, called the Master Sculpt, comes in two shades; 01 Light Medium & 02 Medium Dark. I picked up both as I thought that the colours weren't that dissimilar enough for me to only choose one. Plus, as a beauty junkie I definitely needed both anyway!!

01 Light Medium definitely has more of an orange tinge to it, which immediately made me think that this wouldn't work as a contour, however, I was pleasantly surprised when I used it. Using my Nars Ita Brush I carved out my cheek bones easily, without having to use a lot of product - this is another bonus as it means theres also value for money. The colour, although slightly more bronze, worked perfectly to contour the cheeks without coming across orange. It would definitely work for lighter skin, but I would recommend working with a light hand to ensure it doesn't go overboard.

The darker shade doesn't look distinctly darker in the swatch, although it is more of an ash based brown which is perfect for creating that dark shadow contour look. This darker shade would work perfectly with anyone who has more olive toned skin and darker, although I don't think this would work for people with a really dark skin tone as it wouldn't be dark enough.

In terms of longevity, this sculpting duo really hits the nail on the head. The product will not budge from your face, at least until you want it to. Those moments when we lean on our hands watching the day pass by, or lie down and end up having a half an hour nap, won't have anything on this product. 

The highlighter in both of these palettes is more of a pink tone highlight, the highlighter in the darker palette is slightly darker than the other but not dramatically. They are definitely more of a subtle highlighter, but that isn't to say that is a bad thing, it actually leaves you with a glow that looks like its coming from within.

Overall, I would definitely recommend stopping by your local high street store to purchase these (you can just opt for one haha). Maybelline are really coming out with some high quality products that are getting me excited for whats to come in the future, as well as what I can play with now.

What are your thoughts on these Master Sculpt duos? Would you purchase one?


LORAC Pro Palette Dupes

This post should come with a picture overload warning, but I felt it was necessary to have them all.

These two palettes are the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 & 2. These were originally only available on their website, however, I wondered into Superdrug a couple of weeks ago and found these babies on the shelf, and knew I had to give them a go.

For those of you who don't know, Makeup Revolution are pretty amazing and making dupes for higher end products - and this is one of the reasons why I've fallen in love with this brand. Why would we go and spend a fortune, when we can get the same quality at a high street, affordable price?!

These are dupes for the Lorac Pro palettes (which are pretty difficult to get hold of in the UK anyway!). Both palettes contain 16 eye shadows in them, with the top 8 being matte and the lower 8 being shimmers. They contain a good mix of warm and cool tones, and are as pigmented as you could imagine.

The formula of these shadows is buttery, but easy to blend, and the colours compliment each other completely. You could make many looks from one of the palettes, or you could mix shadows from both and come up with many more looks. 

One of the highlights of this palette (and this brand), is that they are the first to put a usable brush in with it. Rather than a sponge applicator, they have a dual ended bristled brush with one end great for packing on colour, and the other great for bending.

Overall, I am completely obsessed with these palettes, and I would recommend you try them! For £6.99 it would be a crime to say no to them.

Are you loving this brand? Have you tried these palettes?

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