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4 Of The Best Concealers That Actually Deliver

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of getting excited about trying new concealers only to discover they just don’t stand up to the job. We want concealers to do what they promise – conceal. We want concealers that make our skin look better – not cakey, older or patchy (even when we’ve spent more than long enough blending). I quite like some Rimmel products, but I found their “Hide The Blemish” concealer to be a huge fail.

Check out the best concealers around (and the best prices) that actually deliver true coverage and will improve your appearance!

1.Max Factor Pan Stik, £7.18, www.amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite concealers. It instantly provides superior, yet natural coverage for pretty much every skin concern. The lightweight formula blends easily and lasts as long as your foundation (unlike the useless twist pen stick concealers), it is excellent value for money. I always come back to this concealer (for good reason). #happydays.

2.Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £20.40 (Was £24), www.debenhams.com

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Nars is an awesome brand and their Soft Matte Concealer offers exceptional results. Achieving a natural yet full coverage, this product is lightweight and blends seamlessly. Whether you need to cover up dark circles (who doesn’t?), acne, blemishes, pigmentation or redness – the concealer will be like a complexion’s super hero. With its light-diffusing capabilities to blur and combining an array of proven skin-nourishing ingredients, this formula ensures your complexion will be nothing short of radiant. Furthermore, it is available in almost every shade you can think of.

3.Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, £9.75 (RRP £19.50), www.feelunique.com

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This is another concealer that ticks all the boxes. The Naked Skin Concealer provides coverage that is easily buildable, whilst guaranteeing a full and even coverage of which glides on seamlessly. Including incredible ingredients such as Japanese green tea (to diminish the appearance of lines), Matrixyl 3000 and Litchiderm (to enhance collagen production and protect), this concealer literally transforms the look of your skin. Yay!

4.MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18.50 (9ml), www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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You didn’t think I could discuss great makeup without mentioning MAC, did you? Of course not. I hate concealers that (even when you use a setting spray) seem to either disappear completely, or stubbornly remain in unattractive vague patches on your face. Behold MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. The lightweight product feels amazing, is lightweight whilst simultaneously achieving excellent coverage and has serious staying power. I love this!

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Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

Hey Lovelies!

There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

Discover The Best Vegan Beauty Boxes Around

Hey Lovelies!

With the love for vegan skincare products becoming ever-more popular, we can now rejoice at the growing number of awesome vegan beauty boxes available. That said, I have rounded up some of the best vegan beauty boxes on offer. Better yet – the contents are all worth way more than the asking price. YAASS!

1.Glossybox Vegan Limited Edition, £35, lookfantastic.com

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Combined in this beautiful gift box are 10 incredible cruelty-free products to nurture and pamper your body, face and skin alike. The set includes:

Dr. Organic Vitamin E Super Hydrating Cream (50ml)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (0.2ml)

Maria Nila Head & Hair Heal Masque (250ml)

Naughty To the Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum (75ml)

Original Source Lemon and Lime Foaming Shower (180ml)

Pure Chimp Matcha Green Tea (20g)

So Eco Eye Shading Brush (full size)

Tints of Nature Vegan Hydrate Shampoo (70ml)

Tropic Lip Fudge Plumping Lip Conditioner in Rosewood (10ml)

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil (10ml).

WOW!

2.The Vegan Kind Beauty Box, £18.15 (1 box), www.thevegankind.com

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Boasting an array of gorgeous skin and beauty products, The Vegan Kind’s beauty box contains products that have had zero animal testing and the boxes are about as eco-friendly as you can get. Containing items such as cleansing oil, perfume, lip balm and moisturiser – you are bound to be well-pleased with your purchase (and it certainly beats the postie delivering a couple of depressing bills). What better way to reat yourself?

3.Limited Edition Cruelty-Free Beauty Kit, £40 (Saving Over £70), thepipbox.co.uk

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This really is the must-have starter kit for all fans of cruelty-free beauty products. The kit actually has a value of more than £110 and combines some truly fantastic items such as: brand-new eye shadows, shower gels, vegan-friendly lip products, luxury skincare items, deep cleansing face masks, natural deodorant, natural eyeliner and plastic-free shampoo.

Furthermore, The Pip Box have collaborated with Cruelty Free International and 25% of all profits will be donated to them to help in the fight to end animal testing, globally! Whether you want to purchase this as a gift or keep it for yourself, you can enjoy this awesome kit without guilt of over-spending – because it’s for the best cause ever!

Have you bought any of these beauty boxes and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

Check Out The Best Vegan Foundations, 2019

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a good week. With the benefits of vegan skincare products becoming more well-known, today I am sharing my tips on the best vegan foundations for every skin type. These brands are truly amazing, and should you be on the lookout for a foundation shakeup, I recommend trying one of the following products:

1.For Acne-Prone Skin (On Every Skin Type) Try: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £33, illamasqua.com

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This award-winning foundation is the way to go, particularly for those with noticeable imperfections they may wish to conceal such as acne/acne scarring. Available In 26 shades, this superior yet lightweight formula includes vitamin C and E, to nourish whilst is smooths and softens. The outcome is perfectly matched coverage that creates a flawless-looking complexion. I love, love, love!

2.For Dry Skin Try: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation Makeup, £28, urbandecay.co.uk

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For those with dry skin, opt for a liquid foundation over the powder form. This awesomely lightweight product will provide a medium to full coverage with a subtle matte finish. Combining light-diffusing spheres, this foundation makes easy work of blurring away any imperfections and fine lines. Furthermore, it’s totally buildable formula allows you to achieve the coverage you require, achieving a remarkable and selfie-ready finish. The result: you look like you just have incredible skin all the time! 10 points guys, 10 points!

3. For Combination Skin Try: E.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum, £5 (Was £9), www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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This is perfect for more mature people, but it is also an amazing products for those with enraged pores. Totally weightless and loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, the foundation works wonders in reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, whilst simultaneously supercharging the skin with nourishment and protection. The result is a radiant and youthful luminosity that you will fall in love with.

4. For Oily Skin Try: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, £30.60, www.toofaced.com

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Too Faced is an incredible brand and their Cocoa Powder Foundation rocks! Brimming with antioxidants to protect and repair, this oil-absorbing yet non-drying powder provides a matte (but not cakey) rose-petal complexion. The Cocoa Powder Foundation offers a medium to full coverage of which also reduces the appearance of fine lines. You will adore its superior finish.

Have you tried any vegan foundations, and which one is your go-to product? Leave me a message in the comments below. Xx

 

6 Of The Best Beauty Tools You Need In Your Life Right Now

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2019 is here and there’s never been a better time for clearing out your beauty cupboard and replacing yesterday’s skincare saviours with brand new innovation that is sooo much better. Check out the 6 best beauty tools that will transform your complexion. I’ve tested these products and if they were an ice cream, they would be Bailey’s Haagen Dazs (instead of the outdated refrozen vanilla in the bottom of the freezer – you get my point).

1.Sarah Chapman’s The Facialist, £28, cultbeauty.com

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Although this looks like something a Star Trek Voyager crew member may point at you, it’s actually something far more useful. This quirky little device will literally transform your complexion. The facial massager simulates the same movements as that of Sarah’s celebrity-adored signature facial. Not only does it achieve a significant lift and radiant glow, but the clever tool also makes light work of ridding toxins and puffiness. Hooray!

2.Foreo Luna 2, £169, www.foreo.com

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This has to be my best beauty tool and when I remember to use it, I never fail to reap the compliments. It makes such a difference to my complexion; not merely cleansing, but it also successfully targets and treats various skin concerns (particularly irksome fine lines). One trick I have is to add facial oil or serum and the little gem works all of those awesome ingredients into my skin. I love you Foreo Luna 2.

3.The Beauty Blender by Beautyblender, £17, www.cultbeatuy.co.uk

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Everyone who loves makeup should own one of these priceless beauty tools. Perfect for use on any makeup, this gadget seamlessly creates that much sought-after flawless finish. #Nomorestreaks!

4.Skin Roller, £42, swissclinic.co.uk

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Good quality derma rollers (when used correctly) can really work wonders on the skin. I’ve tried quite a few products by Swiss Clinic and they never fail to impress. Swiss Clinic’s Skin Roller combines 540 micro needles of which effectively work to trigger collagen production, improve circulation and stimulate the formation of new skin. Within a couple of weeks of use, wrinkles appear reduced and my complexion looks and feels amazing! I love this.

5.19 Momme Housewife Silk Pillowcase, £26, www.lilysilk.com

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I can’t state enough just how much I cherish my silk pillowcase. If you don’t want premature creases and wrinkles (DUH!) the silk pillowcase is the way to go. Your skincare products will stay on your face (rather than be soaked up by the pillow) and you will find you awaken without the dreaded indent that’s made itself unmistakably known in a glaring diagonal fashion across your face! I thank you oh wondrous silk pillowcase makers! Check out this one at www.lilysilk.com

6.Dyson Airwrap, £449.96, qvc.co.uk

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Want luscious locks without the painstaking truth (that you are slowly destroying your hair with heat)? Dyson’s Airwrap’s genius technology has made it possible for us to enjoy incredible hairstyles – but without using extreme heat. #hairgoals!

What are your fave beauty gadgets? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely weekend people xx

Discover The Best Vegan-Friendly Brands Of 2019

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a good week so far. So many people are searching for ways in which to live a healthier lifestyle, with veganism now becoming a huge trend. This is also applied to skincare and makeup, and as such, vegan products are becoming ever-more popular. Check out the best vegan skincare and makeup brands/products of 2019.

1.E.l.f Cosmetics

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Should you want A-Mazing beauty products that are vegan-friendly, good enough to give M.A.C a run for their money and yet are somehow completely affordable (who the hell doesn’t?) then you have to check out E.l.f Cosmetics. If you are looking for entirely vegan products keep in mind that whilst the cosmetics are all vegan, some of their skincare and makeup brushes aren’t, so double-check before purchasing these. Buy their Elf and Mattifying Mist (£9) here

2.Jeffree Star

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When it comes to clothes and eyeshadows, colours are set to be huge for S/S 2019 and Jeffree Star’s awesome colour palettes and totally vegan to boot! Buy the incredible Beauty Killer Palette (£59) from Amazon Uk

3.Kat Von D Beauty

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I am a huge fan of Kat Von D products and so am totally stoked to hear she is planning on transforming her entire cosmetics line into vegan-friendly formulas. If you check out her website you will find the #Vegan section, presenting the vegan products that you can buy now. Check out her Lock-It Finishing Powder ($29) here.

4.Milk Cosmetics

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When I heard that the much-loved U.S brand, Milk Makeup are (finally) to launch in the U.K I was on cloud 9. I have been waiting to get hold of these for-like-ever! Milk Makeup cosmetics are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and their roll-on or stick makeup products prove to be a huge success. I cannot wait to try their innovative roll-on stick face mask. You won’t have to wait for much longer to try these highly anticipated products as they will be available from January 28 at Cult Beauty. #loveveganbeauty.

What do you think to these vegan brands? Have you tried any of their products and what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below. xx

Last-Minute Beauty Stocking Fillers For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s just over a week until Santa tackles the chimney (excuse me while I nip outside to scream in sheer panic). If like me, you’ve almost run out of cash and at present the stockings don’t exactly look brimming, read on. Here are some amazing beauty stocking filler gifts (at such a good price you can even buy 2 of each and keep one for yourself). #Hohoho!

1.Benefit Benetint Lip And Cheek COlor, £21.67 (Saving £3.83 Online Only), boots.com

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For beauty lovers of all ages, check out this amazing stocking filler gift. Whether the colour in your lips is beginning to fade and you want to inject a boost of beautiful colour for Christmas or are simply after a key colour trend to see you through party season, Benefit’s Benetint is the perfect answer.

My advice – don’t think of this as a lipstick per se when applying to your lips. When I first tried this I simply brushed it on – big mistake. What you need to actually do is brush a few drops on and blend, repeating the process until you achieve the desired colour. The results are a gorgeous rosy glow that truly lasts. LOVE!

2.L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes Mascara, £11.99, Superdrug

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Do you know someone who loves the extra-long lash look? Instead of buying more falsies (that are bound to hang off by their third cocktail) why not treat them to the next best thing? L’Oreal’s Double Extension Mascara offers a two-step system comprising of a conditioning base coat  (loaded with Ceramide R and containing fibres), of which ensures a luscious lengthening effect. The other side gives your lashes that much sought-after deep colour. This is one of my favourite mascaras – no clumping, smudging or mess – just stunning lashes!

3.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Duo Gift Set, £36 (Worth £48), feelunique.com

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If you read my recent article on the best setting sprays, you will know Urban Decay is one of my most treasured brands.  Their innovative formula combines Proprietary Temperature Control Technology that will prevent your makeup (and you) from going into meltdown mode. This super long-lasting spray means that you can stop worrying about the whether or not your makeup still looks amazing (then going to the bathroom, looking aghast at your reflection and spending the following 20 minutes trying to work out if the hot guy who smiled at you might actually have been smiling for the wrong reason). With Urban Decay’s magic All Nighter you can simply get on with enjoying the evening and know that everyone will be smiling at you for the right reasons!

Have an amazing Christmas! xx

 

Want Flawless? Check Out The Best Finishing Powders

Hey Lovelies

This party season we all want makeup that hides imperfections, blurs away pores, doesn’t emphasise every little line and stays on longer than the taxi ride to the event, right? Could such a magical product exist? The answer is yes – and the good news is we don’t need a fairy God mother – we just need some great info. Make sure you remain stunning all evening by equipping yourself with the best finishing powders around. Here are some truly exceptional finishing powders that actually deliver outstanding results. Read on:

1.For Diminishing Shine And Brightening Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £34, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Should you be searching for a finishing powder that provides a little bit of extra coverage, opt for the Flawless Finish by Charlotte Tilbury. This super-luxurious powder offers some seriously seamless application and keeps your complexion appearing blemish and shine-free (HUGE plus). Combined are soft-focus micro powders and light-reflecting ingredients. The result is a gorgeous matte finish (but not too much) on seemingly flawless skin. The best bit – it will last longer than Cinderella’s pumpkin coach (phew, as there is no way we want to be checking out at midnight, right?).

2.To Hide Unwanted Pores: La Mer The Sheer Pressed Powder, £70, www.cremedelamer.co.uk

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The majority of us want a no-filter-needed complexion without it looking so thick you could blend in with the travelling circus. Let’s be honest, the overdone look is never great. Although a tad pricey, La Mer’s Pressed Powder should be considered an investment and for me, it’s totally worth it (Too. Many. Pores). Non-cakey, lightweight and great coverage – La Mer achieves a youthful matte finish whilst greatly reducing the appearance of unsightly pores. Thank God it’s Christmas.

3.For Creating Perfect Selfies: Wunder2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder, £19.95, www.wunder2.co.uk

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There’s no need to Photoshop your selfies when you have this little gem in your bag. The Wunder2 Perfect Selfie powder is a translucent product of which combines a blend of high -performance perfecting powders that blur away imperfections, creating a beautiful, soft-focus finish (without caking). Yay!. This is an amazing product and works well in achieving a natural looking, selfie-ready complexion.

4.For Radiance And A Good Riddance To Imperfections: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, www.spacenk.com

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After hearing so many people rave about this product I was literally tripping over myself to try it – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

For me, setting powders tend to cake and I prefer to have a great setting spray and finishing powder instead. Hourglass is pretty genius as they consider how much different light impacts our look. Hourglass offer products that work the various lighting situations. Providing 6 shades that mimic 6 light sources (from harsh mornings to candlelight), their innovative formula contains ultra-fine pearl particles that effectively manipulate and filters light, whilst eliminating any evidence of imperfections. This finishing powder is like having my own secret super-power On My Face!

Do you have a favourite finishing powder? Leave your comments below xx

Discover The Best Makeup Setting Sprays Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Today I’m sharing with you the best makeup setting sprays.

The festive season is in full swing and you’ve got back-to-back parties for the foreseeable, which means Instagram and social media are about to be flooded with pics. So, you want to look A-mazing? This year, it would be great to avoid any dodgy-looking pics taken just a few hours into the event, in which liner seems to have gone for a swim underneath your eyes (taking the smudged look to a whole new level) and any foundation has slipped from your face like you’ve been standing in a melting pot. Not a good look! This party season, we want serious staying power – but we don’t have to resort to the spray on plaster in the bathroom cabinet. Here are the best setting sprays that are incredible at ensuring your makeup remains flawless all evening.

1.E.L.F. Matte Magic Mist & Set, £5, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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As a huge fan of E.L.F. Cosmetics foundation and primer, I couldn’t wait to give their Magic Mist Setting Spray a try – it did not disappoint. Makeup acquires a gorgeous matte finish and stays firmly in place for a good 8 hours – which is unbelievable for me given that makeup seems to just evaporate to the point where it looks like I hadn’t even bothered applying any to begin with. Major result!

2.Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist, £17, www.debenhams.com

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Being a newbie to Kat Von D products I was keen to try out this setting spray. This works a treat in creating a gorgeous matte finish and (most importantly) locks your makeup to your face like it has some kind of invisible super power. You can party the night away and still take some filter-free pics on your ride home. I love this!

3.NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, £7. nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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When I read about the woman who claimed her makeup stayed put (using NYX Setting Spray) throughout the trauma of a car crash, I wasn’t surprised. For me, this setting spray has serious gluing power, provides a beautiful matte finish and instead of nipping to the club toilet and cowering in sheer horror at your ‘Freddie Kruger-like’ reflection (obviously from seeing a face of smeared makeup, not blood), your flawless complexion is, well, actually PERFECT! NYX, I love you!

4.Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, £24, urbandecay.co.uk

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When it comes to makeup Urban Decay set their standards to a truly professional level (which is probably why they charge that much more). Urban Decay’s Setting Spray ticks all the boxes (no setting into lines and caking, or fading) and your makeup looks as if you had just applied it -even when you’ve gone from work to a party and then danced your ass off of 3 hours straight! To be fair I haven’t tested it after 16 hours (yet) but the party season has only just begun.

What are your favourite setting sprays? Leave your comments below and have a lovely Sunday people xx

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