NIP + FAB Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum

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After hearing Kylie Jenner mention that this is the serum she uses in an interview recently, I’ve wanted to try it! It’s a “lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin and leaves skin looking plumper”. With my skin being more on the dry side, this sounded right up my street.

It has three main ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is meant to hydrate the skin leaving it looking and feeling plumper, Velvet Flower adds extra moisturisation and Dragon’s Blood comforts and restores the skin through skin hydration. Now i’m not going to lie, i’m not entirely sure what Dragon’s Blood actually is..I mean dragons aren’t real..

I use this morning and night under my moisturiser and so far i’ve been loving it. I find that it’s a great base for foundation as it has an almost tacky/primer like feel once applied. I’ve defiantly noticed that my skin has been more hydrated, as i’ve seen less dry patches than I usually get. However, I wouldn’t say i’ve particularly noticed my skin looking plumper, perhaps I need to test it out for a while longer to see more results.

I love the packaging as far as the box is concerned, but I was expecting the actual bottle to be a bit better in terms of quality than what I received. For the price (£19.99) it looks pretty cheap.

All in all I would recommend this serum. It’s a great budget alternative compared to other serums being over the £20 mark. If you head to Superdrug at the moment it’s around £13 so defiantly go in now while you’ve got the chance!

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MAC Prep and Prime Fix +

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I’ve had my eye on this product for a while before I finally decided to give it a go. I haven’t tried out many makeup setting sprays before, so I was curious to say the least. It retails for £15.50, which I honestly don’t think is too bad compared with Urban Decay’s sprays costing more in the region of £20. The website describes this product as “A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.”.

How I personally like to use this product is by spritzing my face before and after applying my makeup. I find that spraying on top of your makeup gives it a more dewy finish. I also spray a little onto my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and use that to blend out my concealer under my eyes. I’ve also heard of people using it to make eyeshadows more sheeny – a great tip if you’re after that wet eye look.

I love the packaging. The spray makes it super easy to apply and it delivers the right amount of mist onto your skin. It has no real scent – great if you have sensitive skin. It feels just like water on your skin, so perfect for days when you want a instant boost of hydration and at the same time refreshing your makeup.

Overall I would say that is isn’t something you ‘need’ in your collection, but for makeup lovers like me, it’s a great all round product that defiantly is more of a treat to use than anything. I would however recommend, I’m a little obsessed with this now!

The Best of the Summer Scents

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It makes me sad that summer is nearly to an end, but before we dust off the wooly jumpers and booties once again, I wanted to share with you my favourite scents this summer.

So there have been 3 stand out scents that I have been alternating between this year. One of my all time favourites has to be Daisy by Marc Jacobs. This to me is summer in a bottle. The packaging first of all is to die for. But the scent itself is sweet, yet still has hints of floralness running through.

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy reminds me a lot of Daisy. As the name would suggest, this is my more evening summer perfume. Again, I love the packaging, and whats even better about this scent, it’s so affordable and lasts a really long time!

And last but not least is one that i’m pretty sure not many of you would be familiar with. Zara has an amazing range of fragrances, and one that I have been loving is Femme. This scent is coconutty and very sweet (not one for those who aren’t into sweeter scents). Again, it’s so affordable – £9.99 for 100ml.
Hope you enjoyed this quick little post, if you have any post recommendations then leave me a comment!x

The Handbag Lipstick Stash

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As we probably would have already gathered, I’m a massive lipstick junkie. And because of this, i’ve accumulated my fair few over the years. Most of them are tucked up nicely in my muji drawers, but when I was riffling through my bag recently, I discovered a handful laying at the bottom. I thought it was be fun to show you a sneak peak of what products have managed to make their way into my bag in recent weeks.

I’m going to warn you, most are pretty much the same colour – a nudey pink. Only because it’s the colour I wear the majority of the time.

I have a couple of Mac in my bag. Creme Cup is a lovely straight out light pink. I tend to mix this with Patisserie to make the perfect pinky nude. I find Creme Cup looks a bit weird on me on its own.

A recent discovery a one that I have been obsessed with is Beehive from Seventeen. I think this was popular a while back, but I have only just found it in my collection. It feels so balmy on the lips and gives you a lovely nude tint, with a hint of gloss. A perfect throw on shade.

Kate Moss no8 is my go to lipstick all year round. It’s such a flattering shade that suits everyone and that goes with everything. I find you do have to top it up quite a bit throughout the day, hence why it’s made its way into my bag.

When they came out, I was obsessed with the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. When they came out with new formulas about a year or so ago, I picked up 105 Demure and it’s one of their Lacquers. It’s a great slap on shade that is really comfortable on the lips. Again, it’s a lovely nudey pink that goes with everything.

Last but not least is a shade that I think is very similar to creme Cup. It’s by Max Factor and it’s called Stardust Pink. This is a gorgeous girly pink, which is so flattering on my skintone.

No Fuss Summer Blush Picks

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I love a good blush all year round, but the summer for me is when the blush game is really on, and there are a few picks that I tend to gravitate more towards to during the warmer months.

I’ve been really into the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes recently, and especially the shade Lovely Pink. The baked effect of the product means that it’s like a 2 in 1 blush and highlighter, so perfect for those days when you need to quickly pop on a bit of colour onto the cheeks, but at the same time, still want a gorgeous looking glow.

Nars is a brand that I trust and would always look at first if I needed a new product. Their blushes are certainly up there with the best. The shade Sex Appeal doesn’t look like much in the pan, but when swatched and applied to the cheeks it gives a gorgeous peachy flush that looks so natural and pretty! Defiantly worth a try if you have paler skin like me.

The No7 blushes are also some of my favourite. It’s a brand that doesn’t get much attention on youtube/blogs I feel, but it is great value and all the products I’ve tried from them are great. The shade posey is a stunning coral peachy tone that is perfect for summer. The formula is also lovely, so easy to blend and so pigmented!

From the drugstore again, and Loreal’s True Match blushes. I have the shade Rosewood. It’s a lovely darker peach with shimmer running through – but don’t be put off, the shimmer is hardly noticeable on the skin. I love the packaging of this also. With blush being probably the first thing to fade on me during the day, the mirror and brush compact means it’s great to throw in your bag for touch ups on the go!

Mocha from Mac is the perfect dusty pink shade. It’s a little less pigmented than the rest, but I feel like you don’t want to overload your brush with this one anyway, because the colour is so strong. This is a great ‘goes with everything’ shade that I defiantly reach for a lot.

And last but not least, is one from Illamasqua. From the photo you’re probably thinking “no Emilia, that’s defiantly not a summery shade” but if applied very lightly (this stuff is beyond pigmented) then the colour is gorgeous and gives you a lovely pinky/red flush. So pretty with a tan!

What’s your favourite summer blush pick?

The Best of the Rimmel Nudes

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(Left to right: 45, 08, 38)

I’m defiantly more of a nude lip girl..lets say i’m a little uncomfortable when it comes to wearing bright colours. Because of this, i’ve collected my fair share of nude lipsticks, and one of my favourite drugstore brands is Rimmel. I love their lipstick formulas and especially the Kate Moss line.

They recently added a new collections of nude shades, one of which i’ve been obsessed with. Having said this, the original line also has some great nude picks.

08 was my first lipstick I bought from Rimmel. It’s the perfect ‘your lip but better’ shade, that looks good on everyone who i’ve told to get. It’s a great all rounder that I slap on with almost every makeup look. It’s a slightly darker shade than your traditional nude, but it’s so much more flattering and makes me look much less washed out.

Again from their original line is 38. This is a more peachy pink nude, one that looks amazing with a tan! I like to wear this with minimal makeup, but with lots of coats of mascara. It can tend to wash out people with paler skin tones, so bare that in mind.

And lastly is 45, a shade from their new nude line. I only picked up one of the colours as the others looked a little too light for me, and I knew that I would get a lot more wear out of this one. It’s a very similar colour to 08, but when swatched either side, 45 is a little lighter. Again, it’s a perfect slap on lipstick which goes with everything. The formula, from what I can tell, is pretty much identical to the original line. Very creamy and comfortable on the lips. I do find them to be a little drying after a while, so I always like to wear a balm underneath.

I would love to know what your favourite nude lipstick is!!

The Sweat Proof Summer Face

IMG_0741 The weather in the UK has actually been pretty damn hot recently (she says while sat looking out of the window at the rain). Though even if it is a little drab looking, it’s always so humid and muggy feeling, which still makes your makeup sweat off and not last as long throughout the day. Today I thought i’d share with you my go-to makeup for when I know i’ll be out and about all day, and for when I want my makeup to really last.

A primer for me is always a must, especially in the summer months. I’ve been loving the Porefessional from Beneift. Not only does it fill in your pores, but it gives the rest of your makeup a base to stick to. A far as foundation goes, the Nars Sheer Glow is my go to summer foundation. It gives you the coverage and leaves your skin looking dewy and glowy. What’s more, it has great staying power. Finishing off the base with a little bronzer, I’m forever obsessed with Benefit Hoola, and a little highlight. I’ve opted for a cream highlighter from No7, as it will last longer and not look as powery on the face.

As far as brows go, you could always just pop on a little brow gel, something like the Maybelline Brow Drama, if you have naturally quite full brows. However, if you have a few sparce areas like me, then you can go in with some brow power or even a matte eyeshadow. I love using my Naked Basics 2 palette for my brows, as the shades are cool and ashy, making them ideal shades for the brows.

On a daily basis when i’m in a rush, I like to skip the eyeshadow step and go straight in with the mascara. The Max Factor False Lash Effect is a new one i’ve been giving a go recently. It almost is like a waterproof formula. It has the staying power and is a pain to remove. But it holds the curl and is a great option for summer.

For lips, I like to add a pop, seeing as the eyes are so basic. The Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks have been my new obsession the last couple of months. The colour Hydrangea is a gorgeous fuchsia pink, and one that finishes off the whole look.

Last but not least I will set the makeup with a bit of the MAC Fix +. And there we go, my go-to summer sweat proof makeup. If you have oily skin, dusting a light power will set your base in place even more, and also help control the shine.

I hope you liked this post, and if you have any post recommendations, I would love to know!

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