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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

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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

Best Beauty Gift Sets For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

All beauty fanatics out there are certain to love a fabulous beauty gift set in their Christmas stocking. Discover the best beauty gift sets around for under £40. Read on:

1.Benefit Defined And Refined Brows Kit, £31.50, boots.com

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Everyone knows that if your eyebrows look great it literally transforms your overall look. Now you can achieve professional brows with ease; this awesome kit contains everything you need for creating flawless brows and incredible selfies. I love this.

2.Bobbi Brown Pret-A-Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, £26, bobbibrown.co.uk

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I am a total sucker from neutral eyeshadows and nobody does them better than Bobbi Brown. Check out this awesome little gift set combining 5 eyeshadows and nude lip gloss to complete a beautiful Insta-worthy look. Sold!

3.Laura Mercier Pret-A-Powder Limited Edition Powder & Puff (Translucent), £36, spacenk.com

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Want sheer matte coverage, perfectly set makeup and an undeniably pampered feeling? Behold, Laura Mercier’s rose-gold lidded gift set. Fantastic Christmas pics – Check, check and check!

4.MAC Look In a Box Basic Brush Set, £39.50,  maccosmetics.co.uk

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Globally-loved brand MAC brings us their best-selling makeup brushes in a too cute for words, giant-sized lipstick holder. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want this in their Christmas stocking (other than the dog, perhaps)?

5.Dior Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Gift Set, £27, boots.com

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This Christmas make your eyes pop and wow all who see you with Dior’s backstage kit, including Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara and a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D for the perfect base to achieve maximum effect lashes. Could this Christmas get any better? I think not.

Have you bought any of these gift sets? What do you think? Please leave your comments below xx

The Best Beauty Gift Sets For Her (At Bargain Prices)

Hey Lovelies!

It may be bleak out there, but its nearly Friday, which means the fabulous weekend is almost upon us – and with it another opportunity to grab some Christmas presents at bargain prices. Check out the best beauty gift sets that your friend, mum, sister (or you) will adore.

1.Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £27.50 (Was £55), debenhams.com

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The top notes of cardamom, pepper and ginger are encompassed in a heart of gardenia, peony and orange flowers, evoking an irresistibly sweet yet sensual aroma that will leave the senses intoxicated with bliss.

This Versace set contains ‘Crystal Noir’ eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion – everything you need to feel and smell divine throughout the festive period (and it’s a total steal)!

2.Liz Earle Brilliance Every Day Gift Set, £40 Was £57), lizearle.com

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Should you be searching for the perfect beauty gift set this Christmas, you can’t get better than globally loved brand, Liz Earle’s Brilliance Every Day gift set. Offering highly effective and naturally active ingredients, these products will ensure your skin and hair are looking healthy, radiant and completely rejuvenated. Included in the set:

1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Multi Award-Winner)

1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic

1 x Botanical Shine Shampoo (For All Hair Types)

1 x Botanical Shine Conditioner (For Normal Hair)

2 x Pure Cotton Cloths

3.Bobbi Brown Exclusive Pretty Effortless Eye, Cheek And Lip Kit, £59.50 (Worth £101.50), lookfantastic.com

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Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time fave brands and I am so excited to see this gift set on offer. Containing their best-selling Mascara, Brightening Finishing Powder (light), Lip Colour (Brownie) and Mini Fae Blender Brush, this kit provides all a girl needs to look amazing this Christmas! Whomever receives this kit will be SO HAPPY!

Happy Friday people xx

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The Best Face Primers Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Make no mistake – when it comes to attaining that flawless look, a good face primer is a literal Godsend! However, truth be told, the beauty market is flooded with primers that promise the earth and unsurprisingly there are some that fall way short on delivering even a mediocre result. We want actual blurring, smoothing and makeup that stays put! Do not fear, here are the best primers of 2018 that truly work little miracles to aid us in achieving that no filter necessary complexion. Read on:

1.Becca Backlight Priming Filter, £28, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should your skin look a little dull (that’s pretty much everyone this time of year), you want those pesky imperfections gone and a perfect canvas for makeup application, this incredible primer is a star performer. Its soft-focus pigments blur away imperfections, diffusing the light to achieve that Insta-worthy complexion. Better yet, this product is packed with liquorice extract and vitamin E to brighten, firm, tighten and protect. Woah!

2.Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22, nudebynature.co.uk

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If you want natural skincare and makeup, this brand is for you. Loaded with natural active ingredients such as native Australian Kakadu Plum (brimming with vitamin C), as well as antioxidant rich Vitamins A and E, and green tea, ensure that your skin is not only even and smooth without the use of silicones, but receiving extra nourishment and protection too. Furthermore, you will find your makeup stays firmly in place for the duration. I adore this brand!

3.Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26, smashbox.co.uk

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This transparent gel formula works like a dream in creating a flawless base for your makeup and is one of the best primers I have ever tried. Minimising the appearance of imperfection, fine lines and pores, whilst creating an even and smooth base for your makeup – is there anything this face primer can’t do?

4.Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, £14.50, www.urbandecay.co.uk

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Oh, how we HATE pores. Why should we suffer with them? The answer is, we shouldn’t. Say hello to Urban Decay’s magnificent Optical Illusion Primer, which goes a hell of a long way in reducing their appearance, whilst also blurring fine lines and providing a beautiful matte finish. Urban Decay, I love you!

Happy Monday people xx

The Best New Beauty Products Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have seen some amazing new beauty product launches, designed to make our lives that bit better. Here is my round up of the best:

1.Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, (SPF15) £31, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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For anyone looking for light and long-lasting coverage, this new foundation from the fabulous Bobbi Brown brand will be a sure hit. Basically, the Longwear Foundation feels totally weightless and blends in seamlessly, providing a matte finish that looks like you are wearing no makeup. I love this foundation!

2.Clarins SOS Primer, £26.50, www.clarins.co.uk

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If like me, you suffer from dark spots, imperfections and redness, the SOS Primer will feel like a God Send. Packed with antioxidants to nurture and protect the skin, whilst providing targeted colour corrector to effectively deal with any skin concern, this SOS Primer is a must-have. The only problem is, should you need a colour corrector for more than one concern type, you may need more than one shade. There are 6 incredible shades available – bye, bye, wages!

3.Kiehls Powerful Strength-Line Reducing Concentrate, £49.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

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Amazing beauty brand Kiehls just gave one of their key serums a makeover. I didn’t think it could get much better, but the Concentrate is now packed with even more essential anti-aging and hydrating vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – 12.5% to be exact. Take that you pesky fine lines.

4.L’Oreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $3.99, www.amazon.com

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This is L’Oreal’s first hair sheet mask and I am smitten! Designed to be a shower steam and deep moisture treatment, this product includes aloe blossom to offer intense hydration and nourishing love for your locks. The result is luscious and super shiny hair that feels totally weightless. #Hairhappiness! Buy from Amazon here

5.Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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I am a huge fan of Nars products and given the fact that this foundation promises to stay put for up to 16 hours, and given the other fact that I ALWAYS have to reapply my product at least once during the day, I couldn’t wait to try. The new Nars Foundation is available in 33 shades and glides on to the skin with remarkable flawless results. I have fair skin so love this product in Oslo. The outcome is amazing looking skin that still looks like skin – and it lasts!

6.Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40, £22.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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I know I go on about this A LOT, but sunscreen is probably THE most important cream you should be applying to your skin. As it turns out we should be worrying about the infrared radiation and light from our tablets and phones as well as UVA and UVB rays. Yay! Thankfully, this new product will provide you with all the protection you need and better yet, it soaks in seamlessly and feels practically weightless, too.

7.Wunder2 Super-Stay Liquid Liner, £12.95, www.wunder2.co.ukMetallic White Gold Super-Stay Liner

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It’s not just fondations that need reapplication – eyeliners, too, suffer the same fate. That’s where iconic brand Wunder2 comes in – their newly launched Super-Stay liners glide on effortlessly to enable precise application, thus creating a highly pigmented pop of beautiful colour that actually stays put! Available in 3 waterproof collections (Essential, Glitter and Metallic) these 24hour wear liners ensure you don’t need to check the mirror – even if you stay out all night! Buy here

Are You Using The Right Colour Corrector For Your Skin?

Hey Lovelies,

Choosing the right colour corrector can literally transform your look and makeup routine from one stress and stolen time to one so simple and smooth you will be kicking yourself for not checking this sooner. Check out the key colour correctors that address those pesky concerns – there’s no need for a fairy godmother when you have these products in your makeup bag!

1.The Dreaded Blemish

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Why does it seem like blemishes wait until you have some awesome event lined up, choosing then to terrorise your skin? Don’t allow blemishes to overthrow your world. A green colour corrector will effectively neutralise the discolouration and redness of blemishes.  When choosing a green corrector, remember to pick a shade that suits your skin tone. I love Nyx Cosmetics Concealer Jar (£6) Once you have applied the corrector, cover with your chosen concealer.

2.Good Riddance Dark Circles

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This time of year, in particular, the appearance of dark circles is as often as spam PPI phone calls (well, almost). Peeps, it’s time to phase them out for good. Once your usual skincare products (i.e. cleanser, toner, moisturiser and brightening eye cream) is on, apply the colour corrector that suits your skin tone: For fair skin choose pink. (I love Sephora’s Bright Future Color Corrector, $14).

For light to medium skin, choose peach.

For darker skin tones, choose yellow.

For deep skin tones, choose red.

3.Brighten Up With Purple

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This shade will cancel out any yellow undertones and is a genius product for adding instantaneous luminosity to otherwise dull-looking skin. I love NIP+FAB Colour Corrector in Lavender (£8.91, Superdrug).

4.Hyper-Pigmentation – What’s That?

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Do not let this little horror dictate your life. There are so many fabulous products that can swiftly correct any last trace of hyper-pigmentation and dark spots in seconds. Opt for an orange shade to neutralise brown spots. My hero product is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, $35. #beautifulskin

What is your favourite colour correcting product? xx

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