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Autumn Favourites!

Published November 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I HAVE BEEN AWFUL AT POSTING. But the last few months I’ve gotten a lot done.

I completed my AS exams and got all A’s (Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry) and I’ve applied to 5 universites (Warwick, Exeter, Bath, Southampton, Surrey) to do either a Bachelors or Masters in Biomedical science, and I’ve got offers from all! Over the summer I also completed a 100 hour open university course in Human genetics and health issues.

So it’s been busy busy.

But today I got inspired to do a talky post so I thought I’d do an autumn favourites!

 1) LUSH Helping Hands hand cream £7.951126

I picked this up about a month ago, because somehow all my hand creams disappeared. I thought it’d be best get to get a more natural product because in my head I thought it’d be more moisturising. Its very good and sinks in quite quickly. Its the first time in ages that my hands havent felt all dry and crusty.

2) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle £24.0011271128

Must say, I’m not a huge fan on the new MAC mineralize packaging, but sacrifices have to be made!

Its a really pretty beigey-champagne, that looks great as an eyeshadow or highlight. I’ve recently been loving highlighting my cupids bow when im wearing lipstick as it makes my lips look more pouty & fierce.

The highlighter is very versatile too, you can get really subtle and really dramatic looks with it. As im not a huge highlighter person I usually only use a bit on my cheeks. Plus you get a butt-tonne of product!

3) MUA Mosaic Blush- English Rose £2.50

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This remains one of my cheapest and favourite blushes in my collection, and is actually a recent repurchase (hence it not looking too shabby!). What I love with this blush is that the colour comes off as a natural rosy-pink but when the light hits it it has a lilac sheen which is GORGEOUS.

Even when using some more high-end makeup, I still layer this over the top sometimes. Even with my oily skin, it gives a pearly finish that I can actually tolerate.

At £2.50 you can’t go wrong, and it may even work its way up into your daily makeup routine.

4) Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette- Nude Grey £3.99

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My next favourite is this palette from collection. Collection have really reinvented themselves as a brand in the last year, and this palette is no exception.

What particularly makes me happy about this palette is that there’s a matte highlight shade, and a matte black. It really has all the colours I would use for a neutral eyeshadow look. I only bought this because I’ve recently dyed my hair black and thought cool tones might look better, and Im so glad I have this now!

Again, when it’s only £3.99 it’s a steal, and would make a great stocking stuff at christmas too. Yes I’m one of those people with early christmas fever.

5) Eyelure pro-brow dye kit- black £7.50

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As I recently dyed my hair black (see above) I needed to dye my eyebrows black too. This was just before I dyed them black, but as you can see they looked a bit out of place with my hair.

And I found this eyebrow dyed was really easy to use, and didn’t dye my skin black when I used it.

I thought i’d never see the day when I dyed my eyebrows…

6) Necklace

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I thought i’d just add this in, because I find with autumn/winter, I wear a lot of darker clothes so I tend to bring a bit of brightness with this necklace sometimes.

I got this at a vintage emporium for 99p.  NINETY NINE PENCE OH MY. That’s what i’d clarify as a ‘Bangin’ deal’.

So yeah, GO BUY YOURSELF A BRIGHT NECKLACE. BRIGHTEN THE WORLD.

So that’s it for my autumn favourites, What things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for reading!

-Hazel

XOXO

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Elf Best and worse #2

Published July 10, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So I was sorting out my makeup collection the other day and noticed that out of all the brands I have, I by far have the most ELF makeup. I’ve loved elf for 4 years and have done a guest post for them in the past. So I thought as I have tried lots of their products I should do a best and worst post. Ive done this before with elf products so this is just a continuation from that. It is actually my most viewed post and I love reading best and worst posts myself, because as nice as it is reading a positive review, sometimes the negative ones are just that much more interesting. 

BEST

1) Studio Baked Bronzer- Los Cabos      £3.95

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I was expecting to not like this bronzer because I hate bronzers that just look like muddy glitter on the face. And with oily skin, the only way is matte. When you look closely at the bronzer in the pan, you can see fine gold shimmer but on the skin it looks gorgeous and the glitter isn’t noticeable. I mainly use bronzer to slim my face and this bronzer is perfect for that and gives you a healthy sheen, Its a definite must if you’re a fan of dewy foundations because a matte bronzer on dewy skin can look a bit unnatural.

There are 4 colours and I believe Los Cabos is the second darkest shade so it’s great for contouring. Id recommend getting a darker shade so you can use less of it also.

 

2) Mineral eyeshadow- Natural      £3.00

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(Left: Elf mineral eyeshadow in Natural, Right: Stila eyeshadow in Kitten)

Im a big fan of peachy gold’s for my lid colour and in my opinion ‘Natural’ is exactly that without being too yellow that it looks wrong on cool skin tones. I swatched ‘Kitten’ next to it because they are quite similar other than its more champagney. The pigmentation of the elf mineral shadows are great, I have 8 of them, but this is by far my most-used. Mineral shadows in general are more pigmented, the only thing is that it can be messy and if, like me, you’re the biggest clutz around you may have to be careful! 

There are 27 shades available, most being neutral shades.

 

3) Super Glossy Lip Shines SPF15      £1.95

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(Left to Right: Angel, Honey do, Juiced Berry, Pink pop, Watermelon, Goddess, Mauve luxe)

I know I briefly included these in my other ELF best and worst, but I talked about the elf lip glosses collectively so these didn’t get the mention they deserve. 

If you hate really thick, sticky lip glosses then you will hate these, and usually id be someone like that too. But, because they’re so sticky they stay on for AGES. Its the sort of lip product i’ll wear if I cant be bothered to top up my lip gloss. The opaque shades are really pigmented too, again I love these for the low-fuss factor. You can eat and it does not come off, and honey that’s a winner for me. 

There are 13 shades available and I think these are best for summer as they definitely wont come off in the water and they have spf15. They also smell really great, they’re kind of fruity.

 

WORST

1) Glitter Eyeshadows       £2.50

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(Left to Right: Nature Girl, Flirt, Party Animal)

I actually acquired these from a competition elf had. I had 5 but I gave one away to a friend because it was grey and I never wear grey eyeshadow (it just look bad on me, its sad).I was really excited for these; I have a ‘time of the month’ but for my love of glitter. However I was disappointed, for a glitter eyeshadow, when swatched its like a matte eyeshadow with a few sparkles in. I also think there’s a glitter overlay on them as when you first swatch them when they’re new they come off great, but after 2 uses they are very dull. To top it off they arent even that pigmented!

Elf have so many great products, please don’t jeopardize your elf order with these.

There are 4 shades available (Though there were originally more).

 

2) Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation Oil-free- Porcelain       £7.95

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Matte foundation?  Matte my ass, look at all the sheen in it! Its more of a normal finish.

I was originally sent this by elf to use for a tutorial, and whilst I don’t think its bad enough to be considered ‘worst’, I think its mediocre at best, depending on your skin type. The thing i hate most about this foundation is that you really cant build it up without it looking cakey. It just doesn’t look natural, it doesn’t really blend with your skin if you apply more than a thin layer, and it emphasizes little bumps in your skin. So unless you have a normal skin type with no blemishes or bumps it will be great. Its not good for my oily skin as despite claiming it’s ‘oil-free’ it doesn’t last well and it wouldnt be good for a dry skin as it clings to anything that’s not flat.

If you were going to buy an Elf foundation, i’d recommend the flawless finish foundation and not this. However this foundation has dark shades in the range so it might be something you want to check out if you cant find foundations that are dark enough. There are 6 shades available

 

So I hope you enjoyed this post and my constant rambling  I honestly love elf cosmetics but I find a lot of their products are hit and miss, so research your purchases well!

Thank you for reading, have a great week!

XOXO

 

 

 

February Favourites!

Published March 3, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So today im going to do a monthly favourites post. I was debating whether to do a tutorial tomorrow and upload it or to do a favourites post, and as I dont do these often and am actually on time to do one this month, so I thought why not?

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So. Now that you’ve seen all my favourites and there’s NO element of surprise left, lets talk about my favourite hair product this month!

My first product is the Schwarzkopf got2b 2 sexy hairspray. Im not a girl who’s too fussy on hairspray, as long as it keeps my hai frizz free nd holds my hair in place, then its fine. This does both that and smells deliciously fruity too! I would highly recommend this and at £4.07 how can you not? Plus, the bottles pink too… you know how im a sucker for packaging.Image

Ok…i’ll admit it. I can sometimes get stuck in a rut where i’ll just use the same product over and over when I have tons to use (First world problems, am I right?). And since christmas, the only shower gel ive used is the Soap&Glory Sugar Crush Bodywash. It smells really strongly of lime but also smells creamy and sweet too. Its been 2 full months and im only just half way through the bottle, so for £6.50 you’d get approximately 4 months of showers out of it. And is it just me who loves big bottles of product with pumps? Their so easy to use and mean you dont have to faff around with soap in the shower and drop everything…or maybe thats just me..

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This month I have 2 skincare favourites.

My first favourite is the LUSH Tea tree water. This a toner infused with tea tree and grapefruit water which is extremely beneficial to those with spot-prone oily skin. I spray this on my face after cleansing and let it soak in, then apply moisturizer. I think it really helps with spots as it antibacterial and it just feels fresh. As we approach spring/summer its a nice product to carry with you so you can spritz it on your face you refresh yourself. A 100g bottle is £3.95, so if you have a lush near you id definately recommend trying it. They also have excellent toners for normal/dry skins.

Im sometimes lazy with applying moisturizer in the day, but at night I always use the Nivea Rich Regenerating Night cream. Despite having oily skin, I like to properly moisturize my skin at  night as thats when your skin properly repairs itself. I also drink a glass of water just before I sleep as it clears up my skin. I think this moisturizer gives your skin a really nice glow and doesnt feel sticky or too heavy. It says its suitable for sensitive/dry and at £4.07 it’s budget friendly too.Image

Next are my favourite 3 blushes this month. I’ve been a bit of a blush whore this month…woops.Image

(L to R: MUA- candyfloss, MUA-Marshmalow, MAC- well dressed)

The MUA blushes were a rather recent discovery, whenever I was in superdrug,it was always the thing I over-looked thinking ‘It’s only £1, its probably chalky and terrible’. Oh how I was wrong. They are really smooth and pigmented, I only have 2 pink shades but plan on getting more (especially as I can begin to use my upcoming birthday as an excuse!). But seriously, if you can get your hands on them do. MUA ship worldwide, but I know paying for shipping is a problem for people, but I often tweet their good shipping deals if they have any. totally not promoting my twitter at all.

The mac blush in ‘well-dressed’ isn’t the most pigmented blush, MUA definately win on that factor, but it gives such a youth-ful pink flush to your cheeks and I absolutely love it. But it is quite expensive at £18 – thats 18 MUA blushes!

My next favourite is the Nivea vanilla and Macadamia lip butter. Other than smelling absolutely gorgeous, this lipbutter is really thick and feels so nourishing on your lips. Its the sort of lipbalm than i’ll put a thick layer on my lips at night so it can work its magic whilst I sleep. Theres also a raspberry one which I have, but this one is my love at the moment. I really want to try the caramel one too, Again, my birthday is the 15th so I might get it as a present for myself, especially as its only £2.25.

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Last but not least is my favourite nail polish of the month. This month its the Models Own hyper gel effect nail polish in ‘Naked glow’. My favourite nail polish finish is glossy, so these hypergel polishes were right up my treat, and their new aswell. There are 10 shades which are all beautiful. I’ve been quite liking nude polishes recently as they make your nails look polished but not ‘overdone’. Thats rather hilarious coming from me who were literally an ounce of make every day, but it makes a nice change. They’re £5 each from boots or superdrug by the way.

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That concludes my February favourites (I hope I haven’t bored you too much!). I hope you had a wonderful February, and that march will be even more magical for you.

Thanks for reading.

XOXO