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Makeup by Ali Darcy

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New Favourites

Hey gals,

Its been a few weeks since I last posted but I thought I would update you all on a few new products that I am LOVING! I have missed writing my lil blog posts, I’m just finding it hard to get the time to sit down for a few hours with the laptop and type. BUT I’m back and I’ll try make my posts more frequent ( cause you all seemed to have missed them ).I have some new followers since I last posted, so welcome to the blog with the worst spelling ever..! I hope you all enjoy and if anything catches your eye go out and buy it, treat yo self gurl, why not!!

Catrice Camouflage Liquid Concealer

I love a good concealer and especially a good concealer that’s drugstore! I recently tried this Catrice one when I saw loads of people raving about it. I wasnt expecting much because it’s so cheap but my GOD! It’s so so good, I love it under my eyes cause it has amazing coverage and doesn’t crease and I also love it all over my eye lids before I use any eyeshadow cause it gives an amazing base. It’s also waterproof and lasts agess too. Brill dupe for Naked Skin concealer from Urban Decay.  Top notch and only 3.99 euro-unreal!! Defo pick one up.

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Makeup Revolution Radiance Lights Palette

I picked this lil palette up in a chemist on Swords main street when I went in to buy tampons one day. The Makeup Revolution stand caught my eye and I fell in love with the highlighters because I’m obsessed. But I just swatched them on my hand and they were so creamy and pigmented so I just had to buy it. I brought it home and tried it on my face and all three shades are divine! The three shades are ‘breathe’ (golden colour), ‘exhale’ (silvery champagne colour) and ‘glow’ (rose gold colour). All such wearable shades for all skin types. I defo recommend this and it was only 12 euro.

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NYX Proof it

I have really sensitive eyes and I have a leaky eye nearly everyday. Theres actually nothing that frustrates me more. I usually get it when I’m walking. Anyways it always ruins my eye makeup or my under eye concealer. I picked this NYX proof it up because it said waterproof eye shadow base so I was dying to try to see would it save my eye makeup from my leaky eyes. It works so amazingly well!! Thank the lord. I literally apply it as a primer on my eye lids and underneath my eyes to help my shadows become smudge and crease free. Tada for once I can save my eye makeup thanks to this lil gem. Defo gonna repurchase this when I run out. 8 euro in Boots.

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Rimmell Apocalips Lip Lacquer

This lip lacquer is soooo nice, it has such intense colour just like lipstick but in a lip gloss lacquer. It contains pure colour pigments, it is soooo creamy and not sticky and feels hydrating on your lips. I picked up a nude shade (Eclipse) just to try and I’m defo gonna buy some more shades. I usually wear lipgloss over my lipstick as it never really has a strong colour but with this one I wore it on its own as the colour is as strong as if you were to wear a lipstick underneath. 8.99 euro in Boots. Love these as I find it hard to find a lipgloss that I really like.

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 LA Girl Pro Concealer HD
I ordered a few of these concealers online and they are incredible. They are so creamy and cover absolutely everything. They cover dark circles so so well and are crease free and literally last all day without budging. The formula is really lightweight so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing loads underneath you eyes. I love to cream contour with them too as they are so easy to blend together. They also have a selection of colour correctors too if you have any redness or darkness. Perfect dupe for my all time fav MAC prolongwear concealer. I ordered mine off Beauty Bay and they are only 6 euro each. If you go onto the website they have a list of what shade will suit your skin type. I am LOVING these everyone needs one in their life!!
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Makeup Forever HD Powder
I recently got a mini sample of this to try and I loveee it. I used to use the compact version a few years ago and I forgot how good it was. It’s a translucent loose powder that is invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye ( eh sold! ). I hate when my foundation goes cakey after applying some powders, Na no not with this one. It’s so fine yet sets my concealer and foundation so well. Its talc free and is not drying on your skin! Defo buying the full size as its worth every penny. 25 euro from Makeup Forever.
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MAC Lipliner in ‘Plum’
I have this lipliner a few years now and I forgot about it. I used to use it all the time and I dunno what happened I just stopped using it. I started using it again a few weeks ago and I am obsessed again. I don’t know why I ever stopped using it. It’s so a fab colour, plum just like its name! I wear mine all over my lip and then any nude lipstick over it and its so so nice gives such a nice browny nude. I also wear it with any dark lipstick so it’s a multi use liner. Defo pick one of these up because its extra gorg. 17.50 euro.
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L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer
This lil beauty is the image of MACs strobe cream. It works just as well too. If you like a gorg dewy healthy glow off your foundation then this is the trick. I like to apply all over my face before my foundation or I like to mix it in with my foundation,either way its fab. My must have for summer. It provides 8 hours of hydration so f you have dry skin this will be amazing for you so your foundation doesnt cling to your dry patches. Gorg illuminated glowy skin for only 14.99 euro. Thank me later.
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 L’Oreal True Match Powder Glow Illuminator
I saw one of my fav You Tubers use this and I just had to go out and buy it. It looked so good on her and Im a highlighter freak! It’s a compact with 4 powder highlighters that you can use altogether or separately. They blend sooo smoothly and easily and leaves your skin supa glowy! You dont need to apply loads either because they are so pigmented. The come in two shades, Icy Glow and Golden Glow- I bought both and they are both amazinngggg Golden Glow is gonna be so nice for summer. 10.99 euro.

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That’s all my new favs for now. I will keep doing updated posts about my new favs cause I always find new things that I love and I always wanna share with you gals. Hope you all enjoyed reading and if you go and pick anything up let me know and I hope you love it! Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions just ask me.

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All my love,

Ali X

Must have skin care products

Hey huns!

Decided to do a new post about my fav skin care bits. It’s so important to look after your skin on daily basis. For me, and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same, if my skin isn’t clear or looking healthy I feel in bits. Whether I put makeup over it or not a spot is a spot and it’s still going to be there, it’s just going to be concealed a bit. I always want to feel good with and without makeup. Remember fab makeup starts with fab skin!

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When I was younger I never realised the importance of taking care of my skin and how easily you can damage it. I love boiling hot showers and used to blast the shower head on my face which unforch lead me to have huge open pores across my cheeks. To this day those pores are still as large as ever and I’m conscious about them. I also used to never take my makeup off going asleep – The worst thing I could do! If only someone told me now what I know now! Rage… By the way if you use wipes you need to STOP!!

I’m sure you all know the usual cleanse,tone and moisturise routine. What ever you do you should have some sort of routine anyways. I have tried tonnes and tonnes of skin care products as I used to suffer with acne and to be honest I found more shite ones than good ones. I’m always changing my products but these days I try to use products that have natural ingredients rather than a heap of chemicals. A lot of products have striped my skin because they contained harsh chemicals. Dont believe everything you read on the front of a product. My new tip is to always read the ingredients on your skin care. Look out for natural ingredients or ingredients you know (glycollic acid) and if your insure of any just google them. I’m going to just go through products and tips that I personally love and know worked on me or a client but just a warning not everything is going to suit everybodys skin it’s all trial and error.

Coconut Oil

If you havent got coconut oil in your house you must be living under a rock..I’m obsessed with it because it’s a multi-use product ( cooking oil, skin care, hair care and massage oil). I use coconut oil to take my makeup off for loads of reasons. It literally takes every bit off my makeup off including stubborn liner. I just grab some coconut oil on my cotton pad (it will be hard) and apply all around my face and it will melt as soon as it touches your skin. I then clean off any excess oil with a clean cotton pad or rinse with warm water. It easily seeps into your pores and moistuirises it deeply. Coconut oil contains loads of vitamin E, anti-ageing properties and lauric acid which is an anti bacterial agent. It’s good for acne, psoriasis and eczema. I find a lot of makeup removers sting my skin especially around my eye area as the skin is so thin, coconut oil never strips my skin or stings it because its natural and contains loads of goodness. It also makes my eyebrows grow so quick and really helps my eyelashes too. Your skin will also feel like a baby’s arse-It’s a win, win! I just use one for Super Value and its called Cocowel 7.99 euro.

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Dark Angels from Lush

For those of you who read my previous post on my ‘Best Beauty Buys of 2016’ you would have read about this. Dark Angels is a face and body cleanser. Its contains charcoal which pulls the dirt from your skin. Its mud based which gives it a deep clean and prevents breakouts and contains avocado oil which is full of vitamins and leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The texture is tough in the pot so you just grab a little bit in your hand and add a little bit of water into your palms and it forms a paste and you just whack it all over your face, massage it and then wash it off.( Warning it is a little bit messy!) I use it twice a day, everyday and it never strips my skin because it’s all natural ingredients. 9.95 euro for the small pot in Lush (I’m on my second pot). Lush has amazing face masks and cleanser for all skin types in store and they all smell unreal!

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Nip + Fab Glycolic fix night pads

These exfoliation pads are amazing if your skin is congested. You get 50 pre-soaked pads which contain glycolic acid(aids natural skin exfoliation), salicylic acid( helps clogged congested skin) and lactic acid (gently weakens the bonds holding dead skin cells together). These plus pads provide your skin with results of an at home acid peel. Use two/three times a week at night after cleansing and your pores will appear more refined and your complexion will appear brighter. Was 20 euro in Boots now 10.50 euro!

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Rose Water from Bio Fresh

I picked up one of these last year when I was having a facial in Bio Fresh in Swords. Rose Water is sooo good for your skin. It can be used to treat acne and skin irritation. It’s really hydrating on your skin, and balances skin PH level. I use this as a toner on my skin and its so refreshing and smells unbelievable. 100% natural and only 9.50 euro.

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Soap and Glory Peaches & Clean deep cleansing milk

I love soap and glory products just because they do exactly what they say. I got this cleanser in a set as a gift and I have repurchased over and over again. It’s a gorg cleansing milk that literally melts away your makeup. It smells diiiiivine!! It has a special clogged pore formula and leaves your skin so soft and glowy. Its a huge bottle and comes with a pump which I love. Just use a few pumps on your cotton pad and cleanse away and then I always rinse my face after. Its only 6.50 euro in Boots and will last you ages.

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Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

I had been dying to try the Glam Glow masks for the longest time but didn’t want to fork out on one as they are pricey. I recently tried a couple of samples and I fell in love with this one. It can be used as an all over mask or as a spot treatment. It’s a really deep pore cleaning mask that literally brings all of the badness out of your skin. I loved it because it didnt sting or burn my skin so you can use it as many time as you want. This mask is best for oily or acne prone skin or if you want to give your skin a really intense clean. I’m defo forking out 48 euro for the full jar now! Available in Debenhams.

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No.7 Total Renewal Exfoliator

You should always exfoliate your skin especially if you have dry skin as it gets rid of any dead skin cells. Your makeup wont go on smoothly if you don’t exfoliate. This no.7 one is unreal, it’s a micro dermabrasion exfoliator that smooths, refines and renews your skin. You will see instant radiance after you use it. Great for fine lines, dark areas and blemish prone skin. Only use once-twice max a week as it is very rich so no need to over do it! 15 euro in Boots.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser

This is more of a gel wash cleanser used after taking off your makeup to leave your skin squeeky clean. I love it- its a deep cleansing and purifying formula for clear and radiant skin, smells gorg too! It contains 2% Glycolic Acid (which is great for clearer skin) to gently exfoliate and retexture. It also contains apple amino acid(to cleanse and purify) and olive oil (to hydrate and smooth). Dont get this in your eyes tho, and make sure to always rinse off a few times because if facial washes arent washed off completely it can give you some spots.. 6 euro in Boots now was 10.99 euro.

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Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop

I love oil cleansers because they take your makeup off sooo much easier. This cleanser is the silkiest softest thing ever. I literally grab a bit in my palm and rub all over my face, eyes until everything feels like it’s moved and then I rinse. Your gonna look like a mess before you wash it off but your face will feel sparkling new and as soft as a baby’s arse. I love it because its super quick and effective.17.50 euro from the Body Shop but is defo worth it in my opinion.

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Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Self Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask

That’s a mouthful! This mask blows my mind – amazing for clogged pores. Perfect for weekly use on blackhead prone areas or more often as a detox mask. You apply all over and then wet your hands and massage onto your face until the paste turns from yellow to blue and you feel it heating up. It will heat up by itself as it uses heat to un clog stubborn pores, soften your skin and prevent breakouts. Rub it off after 5 minutes with a wet face cloth. Defo works wonders! 15.99 euro in Boots.

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L’Oreal Clay Detox Mask

If you read my ‘Best Beauty Buys of 2016’ you would have seen me talking about this mask. There is three different types in the range, I have only used the detox one. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. I have gone through about 3 jars since I first bought it last year. It contains charcoal too which draws out dirt from your skin( I’m all about that life!!) I use it about 2 times a week and my skin feels squeaky clean and fresh after I use it. It’s one of those masks that when you put it on you can actually feel it working. Defo recommend this! Great dupe for the Glam Glow one I mentioned above. After talking about it on my last post so many of you have bought it and loved it so if you havent bought it DO! And if you try the other ones let me know your thoughts. On special for 8 euro in Boots now.
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Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream
Everyone needs to be using an eye cream from the age of 25 and up. That’s where you age first so you should always keep the area hydrated and firm to prevent this. My eyes are so sensitive ( the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body) so I use this Burts Bees one as it’s for sensitive eyes. You should only use the tiniest amount of eye cream anyways. This one prevents puffiness too which I always have. Its natural and fragrance free too. Was 21 euro in Boots now 14 euro.
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Sudocrem
Everybody has Sudocrem lying around their house somewhere. This little jar of brilliance is great for spots. Im sure everyone has gone to bed with a sudo face before, I do nearly every night ( my poor bae )! It dries out spots over night so your skin is a lot calmer. The trick is to just apply the smallest bit on where you actually need it otherwise it can create more spots. You defo need to try if you havent before- you’ll look great going to bed!
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Quick Fix Spray from Urban Decay
This was only released last week, but Im obsessed. basically it’s a hydrating, soothing priming and complexion spray that reduced the appearance of pores, brightens and smoothes skin and hydrates it. It contains coconut water so it smells DELISH, like holidays!! Use in the morning before applying your makeup and in the evening before your moisturises or anytime throughout the day for freshening up ( it won’t move your makeup). 30 euro.
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That’s all my fav skin care products at the min,  ( hope you like ) , I always try new cleansers and stuff so I’ll let you know if I find anything more that works really well. The products above are all ones that work well on my skin and have really done what the say on the packaging. I try to keep my skin care as natural as I can as so many products these days contain so many chemicals so I’m always on the look out for paraben free, and natural ingredients. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions or try any of the products you can get me on Instagram and Facebook ( @makeupbyalidarcy ).
All my love,
Ali X

 

 

 

Must have drugstore products

Hey girlos,

Hope your all having a good week! Thanks for all of the love on my last post. I appreciate all of your support and feedback! I was having a think this week and I want to do something new so I’m thinking about starting YouTube to make videos and actually show you how I use all of these products and how I apply my makeup but I’m not sure…bit nervous because I’m crap at technology and I hate the sound of my own voice it makes me cringe haha! What do you all think? Let me know if you would be interested in watching my videos!

If your like me, January is the worst month as I’m always a broke bitch ( roll on payday!). So whats more appropriate than some good products that won’t break the bank. I know everybody loves a good find that’s cheap and cheerful and that actually works so here’s my must have drugstore bits!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

I started using this powder when I was about 15 and I still love it. I always need some powder on my face. I use shade warm beige and its a gorg colour. The powder itself is so creamy and not cakey at all. You can literally layer it on as much as you want (it’s so lightweight) and it doesn’t go rotten which a lot of powders do. This powder doesnt contain oils, parabens, talc or any fragrances so it wont clog your pores – fab!! After applying this powder your complexion is much more flawless. 5.99 euro in Boots or any chemist.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
This foundation is brilliant. If you like a dewy healthy looking finish this foundation is a dream! Its full of vitamins hence the name and literally gives your skin a boost of radiance. The foundation literally glides onto your skin so easily and gives you a medium coverage but its builable to a full coverage. Covers imperfections easily and gives you a gorg radiance for about 16 hours. Great for dry skin as its hydrating! 13.99 euro in Boots.
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Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit
I always repurchase this little powder contour set, I have gone through about 10 of them. Contains two powders. One being a matte bronzer which is a gorg shade and blends out so easily. And the other a lighter powder which I love to apply under my eyes to set my concealer as it’s like a banana powder and is great for illuminating the area. Super creamy and blendable and a fab bronzing shade. Comes in fair or medium, I use medium. Only 5.99 euro in boots at the min!
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NYX Pore Filler
I always use a primer as it creates a web between your skin and foundation and also helps your foundation stay in place a lot longer. This amazing little primer is like Benefits ‘porefessional’. Contains vitamin E, to smooth and enhance you skin and is oil free and talc free. Silicone based so it literally fills in your lines and pores to give you a smoother base before you apply your foundation. 15.50 euro in Boots and lasts ages!
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Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick
This product is one of those multi use products. It’s a shimmer brick with such nice bronzy tones. It’s actually a dupe for the Dior shimmer brick. Theres 4 shades. I love to use them to highlight my face if I wanna be super bronzey or I love them all as eyeshadow, the darker bronzey tones in my crease blended out and then the lightest on my tear duct to make my eyes pop. Comes in two shades, I use the Gold Bronze one. 5.99 euro in Boots, defo a must have!
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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
These lip creams are a dream. They are neither a lip gloss or a lipstick but a lip cream that glides onto your lips so smoothly and dry matte. Every gal needs one in their makeup bag. I love these as they come in so many colours and unlike most liquid lipsticks they are hydrating so they don’t dry out your lips. 7.75 euro in Boots. I love shades Cairo and Abu Dhabi.
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Maybelline Gel Liner
This gel liner does not budge. It’s a gel liner so it also comes with a brush and its so creamy and easy to use. It’s also great black intensity so it never dries greyish or anything. I always get watery eyes and I find it hard to keep my liner perfect but this stays in tact despite my runny eyes! Great dupe for the Bobbi Brown gel liner. I love using it in my waterline too because it never falls down or gives me panda eyes. Defo invest in this if you need a new liner. 11.99 euro in Boots.
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Maybelline Eraser Concealer
I talked about this in one of my previous posts, and I know a lot of you went and bought it so you’ll know just how good it is. For those who havent read my previous post, you need to pick one of these up. Everybody all over the world is going mad for this concealer. It is a dupe for Prolongwear concealer from MAC (which is my go to). It covers absolutely everything and is sooo creamy. I use shade light mostly or nude if I have tan on. It’s sold out in a lot of places I know but they also stock it in Penneys now. Defo pick one of these babies up , 11.99 euro.
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L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer
This is an unreal primer to give your face a luminous and glowy finish. Its fab if you have any dullness and just want to brighten your complexion. Its like strobe cream from MAC. You can apply all over to give an all over glowy, dewy finish or just apply to cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin to really highlight those high points. This is a great one for dry skin as it’s really hydrating. 14.99 euro but lasts ages.
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L’Oreal True Match Foundation
This foundation is amazing on. Its super creamy so it’s so easy to blend onto your skin, you don’t need to do much work for it too look fleeky. It’s really comfortable to wear as it covers a tonne but is also really really lightweight. It just makes your skin look at its best and it has great lasting power. I used to wear this when I was in work at 6am and I was half asleep lashing it on, really natural but covers loads! Suits nearly every skin type 14.99 euro in Boots.
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Rimmel by Kate Nude Collection
If you love a nude lip like moi, you need to pick one of these up. Rimmel lipsticks are always v.good but these nudes are the perfect shades. Last ages and really hydrating on the lips. Comes in 5 shades, I love shade 43 and shade 45. 7.49 euro.
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Maybelline Lash Sensational Multiplying Mascara
I’m a bit picky when it comes to my mascara just because it’s hard to get a good one. I hate when they are too wet if you get me and I hate when you can’t get a good coating on your whole lash if that makes sense. Basically I’m a hard woman to please when it comes to mascara. My eyes water with a lot of mascaras even high-end branded ones. This mascara is my fav at the min. It has a curved wand which I love and it literally coats every lash so well. It gives my lashes loads of volume and it never leaves a lash behind. Also never clumps which is a huge factor. LOVE!! 11.99 euro.
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Well huns I hope you all enjoyed that little read, that’s just a few of my favs as there is so much. I love sleek makeup too and some other products that are drugstore that I have already talked about in previous blog posts (Maybelline Fit Me Foundation) so you can check them out too. Let me know what you think about this post and about the YouTube idea too. And any questions you can get me on Instagram or Facebook (@makeupbyalidarcy)
All my love,
Ali X

My fav Urban Decay bits

Hey gals!

Hope you all had a good week. Welcome back to my basic lil blog. Thanks SO much for all the love and response on my last post ( Best beauty buys of 2016 ). Loads of you have been sending me pics of the L’Oreal face mask and the Maybelline concealer I was going on about, keep them coming cause I love that! But yea I hope your all loving it as much as I do and if you try anything else do let me know and what you think.

As some of you may already know, I started working as a Makeup Artist for Urban Decay last month. So I’m going to do a post on my fav bits from Urban Decay. Now I already used a few things from Urban Decay but working there has made me fall in love with their products even more. I have found out so much about their stuff and discovered little gems I would have never looked at. Working with and using their products on clients on a daily basis has literally given me such an experience with them-good and bad. I’ll give my honest opinions and only suggest things which I genuinely feel are worth buying. Now some things I find do not suit me but are FAB on other people with different skin or features than me. So I hope there’s something for every gal on my list!

 

Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Pretty sure every gal has at least one style of the Naked palettes in their makeup drawer. I had the original Naked 1 and Naked 2. I used to use them a lot and I have neglected them lately for some reason. I didn’t discover Naked Ultimate Basics until I got the job. Well…….. I had to own one. 12 matte shades that are completely different to all of the naked palettes. I love it because each shade is so wearable for everybody compared to the other palettes where I was only using a couple of shades. I find with other matte shadows they can give you an uneven application or can be hard to blend. Nah no, not with these shadows. Super velvety, creamy, so bendable and amazing pigment. You get your nudes,taupes, light brown,mauves, reddish browns, burnt orange, warm browns, smokey grey & warm black – great variety of colours so you can do loads of different wearable eye looks. 47 euro and you get a blending brush and the packaging is diiiivine!

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All Nighter Foundation

My friend ( Hi Jane!) was raving about this to me a few months ago and it looked so fab. Its a full coverage foundation, no SPF (so no flashback in photos), matte finish, and oil free foundation. Right up my street! Since trying it myself and on other people I love it. BUT that’s only because I have oily skin. It gives such a flawless finish which is unreal. If someone has super dry skin stay away from this foundation! I have seen it cling to people’s dry patches and it looks rot. So unforch if you’re a dry skined gal avoid this one. Oily and combination gals should defo try it if you’re looking for a good coverage foundation, it’s a brill night time one. When it comes out of the bottle it can look quite pale but it oxidises on your skin when applied so it does warm up quite a bit so beware!(Look at the pic below cause I can be brutal at explaining!) For tan the best shades are 4.0 or 5.0 just depending how dark you wear your tan. For me I love it because it suits my skin so well. 34 euro and the bottle is gorg! (  I’m a sucker for nice packaging)

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B6 Spray

Now I had never heard of this in my life before. Basically its a soothing complexion spray. It primes and balances your complexion, reduces pores ( thank you!), absorbs oil,reduces fine lines and evens out your skin tone. So for example if you have redness in your complexion spray this on and it takes down all that redness before you even apply your makeup. It has so many vitamins and antioxidants so it’s actually sooo good for your skin. You can spray it on before you apply your makeup and it will also act as a primer and give you a complexion of a goddess with zero fine lines. You can spray it on during the day to hydrate your skin and it will not change or budge your makeup that’s already on your skin, or at night before your moisturizer to give you a vit-hit. It contains vitamin b6 & vitamin E. So suitable for every one and it really does work! 3o euro for the full size or 14 euro for the travel size.

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Eyeshadow Primer Potions

Because you have all been learning from my blog posts( hmmm), you should know you always need an eye primer. These ones from UD are vvvvvv.good. I had previously tried the original one as a sample and I loved it- super lightweight and your shadow literally does not budge ( 24 hour crease free-the dream!). I have since tried the other 3 shades and they are soo good. The original is suitable for all skin types as it dries invisible. The nude matte finish of Eden (my top fav) gives a full coverage while hiding all redness and is also so v.fab when worn alone as it gives you a gorg nudey eye. Minor Sin, a champagne shimmer, is a sheerer finish and it also gorg worn alone. The Anti Ageing primer is the last one and is the exact same as the original except with extra ingredients to prevent ageing. I love them all but Eden is my fav cause you can just lash a bit on alone if your running late and youll still look supa sexy. All 21 euro ( anti ageing is 23 euro).

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Naked Skin Concealer
This concealer is unbelievable. Its well-known and gets glowing reviews. Its weightless yet conceals everything! It’s like a second skin and gives full coverage so easily so you only need a small bit. It blends so easily and NEVER sits into fine lines which is soo important cause most concealers do. Defo recommend you all pick one up cause it genuinely is amazing. Remember to go 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation shade with your concealer. Such a good product and it sells so so well because everyone loves it. 22 euro.
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Setting Sprays
Im always going on about The All Nighter setting spray from UD because it literally is one of the best. I have recently tried the other two setting sprays Chill and Deslick. Basically they are all as good as each other. All nighter is amazing for normal skin and for every other skin type too. Chill is especially designed for dry skin as it is a cooling and hydrating setting spray. Deslick is amazzing for oily gals as its is designed to keep that rotten shiney oiliness at bay. It gives you an oil free matte t-zone for so many hours. It controls the temperature of your makeup so your skin stays smooth and never shiney. All Nighter is oil free too so you’re not getting any extra oil don’t worry. Each spray never changes or moves your makeup and keep it fresh and in place for 16 hours. 30 for full size, 12 for travel.
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Perversion Mascara & Eye pencil
I got the perversion mascara as a present before and loved it! Its unreal. Its triple the blackness than any other mascara. SUPER creamy so it literally glides onto your lashes. Not too wet so it’s not gonna get all over your lids. Gives them an amazing length. NEVER gets brittle or clumby so you can apply layer after layer even when it dries. Contains hairdensyl which actual stimulates hair growth, vitamin E, and honey. The wand is also a perfect size and shape which is a huge factor for me personally. Love it! 22 euro. The perversion eye pencil is INSANE. UD eye pencils are so good anyways cause they are creamier than any other pencil so they literally glide on. The perversion pencil is triple the blackness aswell so it is perfect for the waterline and I like to crush it on my hand and use it with an angled brush as my liner for my lid to create my wing. It’s that creamy its like a gel honestly I couldn’t believe it. 19 euro.
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Vice Lipsticks
You all know im a lipstick fanatic, so I always love a good lippy. These lippys are vvv.good I must say. They come in matte, comfort matte, cream, sheer, and metalized finishes. They are super creamy and hydrating even the mattes. The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping). that’s what I’m all about! Contains loadsss of vitamins and oils and literally lasts so well on your lips they do not budge. Some of my favs are Stark Naked, 714, Tilt, Hitch Hike, Unicorn and Criminal.
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So theres a few of my new and old fav bits from Urban Decay. This is an honest post and my own opinions on each product. Urban Decay is animal cruelty free and Vegan which I did not know before. At this day and age in my opinion every brand should be which unfortunately there are very few. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you all enjoyed it. definitely give some products a go they are all AMAZING! Let me know if you have any questions or freedback to give me. You can also find me on Instagram (@makeupbyalidarcy) and pop into me in Urban Decay and I can show you all the products and try a few on you too! Hope you all enjoyed. PS, Im a little bit tipsy now because I was drinking Prosecco writing this sorry!!
All my love,
Ali X

Best beauty buys of 2016

Hey gals,

Welcome back to my blog! It’s been a few weeks since I did a blog post with it being Christmas, getting a new job and being busy freelancing so I just had no time. Happy new year to you all & I hope you all had a fab crimbo! And thanks for all your support and kind comments since I have started my blog. I’m gonna do my best beauty buys of 2016, so makeup and then other little beauty bits which I bought and loved! I’m always trying new products so I’ll list a few which I fell in love with in 2016. Hope you all enjoy reading!

1. Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline

Kicking off my list is one of my fav foundations. Iv talked about it before but it really is so good. I only tried this a few months ago and instantly loved it. It’s hard to find a drugstore foundation that ticks off every box, this one does. It’s great for oily skin and is designed to refine pores (which I need cause mine are huge!) and it’s such good coverage so you don’t need to apply loads. Only 8.99 euro in Boots.

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2. Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

I read so many good reviews on this and bought it last month. I am hooked! It’s an unreal concealer, covers everything, and is super creamy. Every gal needs to invest in this. I have been using is on myself almost everyday now and on my clients too. The only thing is it’s hard to come across but I know Penneys have been stocking it. It’s only available in three colours, I have nude and light and I find I use light mostly as the colour isn’t that light. 11.99 euro.

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3. Dark Angels from Lush

This stuff isn’t makeup but it is literally out of this world. I popped into Lush on my break only last week and was going to buy a new face mask, I got chatting to the guy that works there and was telling him my skin was in bits and I wanted something to clear it up. He recommended Dark Angels face and body cleanser to me. It has charcoal in it which is great for pulling dirt out from under your skin. Its mud based which gives it a deep clean and prevents breakouts and contains avocado oil which is full of vitamins and leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The texture is tough in the pot so you just grab a little bit in your hand and add a little bit of water into your palms and it forms a paste and you just whack it all over your face, massage it and then wash it off.( Warning it is a little bit messy!) I have only been using it a week and I can already see such a difference. My skin is clearing up and has such a nice glow. I use it everyday, twice a day and you can also use it as a mask if you want a deeper clean which is fab. It smells like those cough sweets which I like! I bought the small pot for I think 9.95 euro. Remember your makeup is going to look a lot nicer when you look after your skin so that’s why I put this on my list.

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4. Makeup Geek Eye Shadows & Z Palettes

I bought some Makeup Geek eyeshadows last year as most of my fav You Tubers go on about them. I just ordered some one payday and thank god I did! These shadows are SO pigmented and have such a gorgeous texture.They have a variety of colours available which is always a plus. I defo recommend ordering some of these if you like shadows. Some of my favs are Frappe, Cocoa Bear, Chickadee, Bitten and Morocco. The shadows are only sold in a single pan so I ordered a Z Palette along with them. This is an empty magnetic palette so you can build and customise your very own palette. I also depotted my MAC shadows and added them into my Z Palette so I can have all my fav shadows in the one place. Super easy and saves so much space. I bought mine from Beauty Bay. MUG shadows are 7.23 euro each and Z Palette in large is 21 euro but can be bought in small or medium for a cheaper price.

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5. Catrice Glow Highlighter

I’m always going on about this one but it’s only because I refuse to live without it. It’s so pigmented and gives you such a strong glow with only the smallest amount of product. You get loads in the pan too. My fav find of 2016. If you ever see one buy it just because they are usually sold out and I pinky promise you’ll be obsessed. 5.50 euro in Penneys or McCabes.

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6. Duraline

I bought duraline in the Summer time because my Inglot 77 gel liner had dried out a little bit. Now I can’t do makeup without it. Add a drop into whatever gel’s you have that have dried out a little bit and it will bring them back to life. I also use it on it own on a brush to clean up my winged liner. It’s amazing for that, it gives your liner such a sharp finish and leaves no mess. Especially with Inglot’s 77, once you make a mistake its hard to clean up but Duraline works amazing!! You only use a teeny tiny bit too. I also use it to make shadows or lip sticks into a liquid. Great thing to have in your makeup bag. 12 euro in Inglot.

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7. All Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay

This stuff is a god send. It makes your makeup last fresh for about 16 hours. Its weightless and doesn’t change or move your makeup after you apply which I find other setting sprays do. Its oil free and has temperature control so it lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it in place – em unreal?! It’s also so good to avoid makeup sitting into your fine lines. Hunni if you want your makeup to last you need to use this! One of my fav buys in 2016, really is a game changer. 12 euro for the travel size or 30 euro for the full size in Urban Decay.

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8. Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline
I gave this primer a go not thinking it was gonna be that great but turns out it’s now one of my favs. I have large open pores on my cheeks and I’m so conscious of them, so anything that’s gonna help minimise the look of them is a winner for me. This primer leaves the skin feeling soft (like a baby’s arse)  and avoids that shine on your face. It vanishes pores which is a dream come through for a gal like me! 11.49 euro in boots.
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9. L’Oreal Clay Detox Mask
This is a mask which was released last year. There is three different types in the range, I bought the detox one. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. I have gone through about 3 jars since I first bought it last year. It contains charcoal too which draws out dirt from your skin( I’m all about that life!!) I use it about 2 times a week and my skin feels squeaky clean and fresh after I use it. It’s one of those masks that when you put it on you can actually feel it working. Defo recommend this! Great dupe for the Glam Glow one. On special for 8 euro in Boots now.
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10. NYX HD Blusher in Coraline
I always struggled to find a blusher I really loved but this year I found one. I hate applying blusher because most of them have a slight shimmer in them which on me is rot. I have open pores on my cheeks so last thing I wanna do is apply a shimmery blush cause it’s just gonna make them noticeable. So I found this gorgeous blush from NYX. It’s a matte blush so it has zero shimmer ( thank Jesus Christ!!) and is such a fab coral colour which suits me best. I have been using it everyday since and I use it on a lot of clients too because it tends to suit nearly everyone. 7.75 euro in Boots.
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So those are my top finds of 2016, obviously I have so many other favourites but I have been using those before 2016. These 10 are products I found throughout the year and fell in love with. I included the mask and cleanser just because they are both amazing and they will help give you better skin which is so important. Makeup isn’t just about the actual makeup products, it’s about looking after your skin too. Defo try some of these, or all cause I promise you will love. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or anything just ask me. ( Instagram & Facebook @makeupbyalidarcy). Here’s to 2017, more blog posts and more fab beauty finds! Also if you have any topics you would like me to blog about please let me know!
All my love,
Ali X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My must have makeup brushes

Hey gals,

I hope you all enjoyed reading my last post which was all about concealers! This blog is going to be about the makeup brushes which I swear by. I have a mixture of different brands so Ill talk about them all and I can leave links aslo if anybody wants to splash the cash on some new brushes! Happy reading!

If you love makeup as much as I do then I’m sure your obsession with makeup brushes is as strong as mine. Having good quality brushes makeup makes your application 184239 times better! Purchasing good makeup brushes is such a fab investment because gurl you are gonna look flawless!You don’t need 100’s of makeup brushes to achieve a flawless look. And you definitely don’t need to break the bank.

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Foundation Brushes

It took me a few  years to find my holy grail foundation brushes, one that doesn’t soak up and eat all of my foundation but gives me that seamless finish..

  • Blank Canvas F20 – I cannot live without this brush. It’s a flat, dense, short haired brush. This is like a magic wand and it cuts your application time in half and you also use a lot less foundation because it doesn’t eat it up. It gives you a HD finish by stippling or buffing your foundation onto your skin. You can now get different coloured handles for this brush and its only 14.99 euro on Blank Canvas. UNREAL! Image result for f20 brush
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is also a must have for me and I love using it on my clients as it gives such a flawless finish. This brush is quite small and dense but its really good for buffing foundation right into every part of your face. It also never sheds any hair, 14.99 euro in Boots.                                                                         Image result for real techniques face expert brush
  • Sigma F80 is another absolute must have. Again it’s a flat kabuki brush that buffs foundation onto the skin so quickly. You will always achieve a perfect finish with this brush. The only downside is it does take a good bit longer to clean this brush but it’s worth it! Never sheds hairs. 21.95 euro on Cloud.10.Image result for sigma f80
  • MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush is another one of my favs for a natural foundation application. It’s a great one for everyday use and if you just want a light/medium coverage. You will have streak-free foundation. 35 euro in BT. Image result for mac 188

Concealer Brushes 

A good concealer brush is essential especially for applying under your eyes.

  • No.7 Concealer Brush has been a holy grail brush of mine for a few years now and mine is still in perfect condition. Its a small, flat brush and is perfect for applying under my eyes as its such a good size. I have quite sensitive eyes and this brush is super soft so it never makes my eyes water. 11 euro in Boots.Image result for no.7 concealer brush
  • Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer is amazing for buffing out your concealer and blending it into your foundation. I’m obsessed with Zoeva brushes they are such good quality and so affordable. Use a circular motion to give you an amazing finish! Super soft too and only 10.50 euro on Zoeva. I always use this brush on my clients.  Image result for zoeva concealer buffer
  • Morphe MB10 Concealer Brush is very like the No.7 one as its the same flat shape. I only recently purchased this and it’s so good as I love the shape as its quite pointed which is so good for getting right up under the eye. Only 3.80 euro on Beauty Bay, stop the lights..!!                                                              Image result for morphe mb10
  • Real Techniques Miracle Sponge is a must have for me. I refuse to do my makeup without it. I apply my concealer with my brush and for extra fleekage I then blend with my sponge using patting motions. This is so quick and literally blends it so perfectly so you’ll have crease free concealer! Defo purchase this. 7.99 euro in Boots. Image result for real technique sponge

Powder Brushes 

For powdering I love a big, fluffy brush which is quick but also doesn’t miss a spot.

  • Real Techniques Powder Brush is my must have powder brush. It rarely sheds hairs which a lot of powder brushes do. Its so soft and super fluffy but applies powders so well and give you a smooth HD look. 18.99 euro in Boots. Image result for real technique powder brush
  • Crown Brush C107 Jumbo Powder Dome is also amazing and gives you a flawless pwder finish and is sooo soft on your face! 13.89 euro. Image result for crown brush c107

Blusher,Highlighting & Contouring Brushes

  • Blank Canvas F15 Small Tapered Brush is the only brush I will use to apply blusher. It is such a good shape. It’s quite small so it just applies the right amount of blusher. The tapered tip makes the application so precise. This is a multi- purpose brush so can be used for contouring and highlighting too but I personally just use it for blusher. 14.99 euro.                                       Image result for blank canvas f15
  • Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek is the contour brush I use and it is perfect!!It’s my top favourite! The angled shape fits the cheekbones perfect so you can achieve that flawless contour. It blends my powder contour shade perfectly so I don’t end up with those harsh lines. 15.50 euro on Zoeva.  Image result for zoeva 128
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush is the brush I mainly use to apply my highlighter. I do not use this brush for my eyes funny enough. I just love how fluffy it is and it just applies my highlighter so nice and evenly. I genuinely cant live without this brush as I’m a hightlighter freakkk! Its 34.50 euro in BT, very pricey but I have this brush for about 6 years now and it’s still perfect. Well worth the money in my opinion. Image result for bobbi brown eye blender brush
  • Blank Canvas F05 Fan Brush is also a brill fan brush to apply your highlighter. This applies your highlighter so nice and evenly. I use my Bobbi Brown and then use this after because you can never have enough layers of highlighter on! 10.99 euro. Image result for blank canvas f05

Eyeliner & Brow Brushes

  • MAC 263 Angled Brush is a MUST have for a sweat free eyeliner application. Your eyeliner prob isn’t working out well for you cause your brush isn’t great. I swear by this brush as it does a lot of the work for you. If you want a fleeky winged liner then get this asap! 22 euro in BT, pricey but 100% worth it I promise. Image result for mac 263
  • Zoeva 317 Wing Liner is what I SWEAR BY for my brows. I don’t like to use it for my eyeliner, just my brows. Its more angular than normal which I love and it’s super soft so it adapts to your brow hair. Love this brush so much ! 9.50 euro on Zoeva. Image result for zoeva 317

Eye Shadow Brushes 

I have tonnes of eye brushes and I could write and write about these but I have narrowed it down for you all, you really only need a few.

  • Zoeva 227 Soft Definer is the perfect blending brush. Its super soft, and the size is perfect for the overall blending brush. This gives you a super soft finish, especially if you have small eyes like me. It’s a must have of mine. 10.50 euro. Image result for zoeva 227
  • Morphe E36 Detail Crease is amazing for defining your crease and then you can blend it out. Its super small so it gets right in there. 5.80 euro Image result for morphe e36
  • Morphe B80 Pointed Crease Brush is another must have of mine. I use this everyday no matter what look I do. Its so fluffy and the sixe is just perfect- not too big or small. 5.80 euro.                                                                         Image result for morpheb80
  • Blank Canvas E24 Flat Shader is another one of my favs as it is perfect for patting on or packing eyeshadow onto your lid. Its so quick and simple. Just layer a shadow all over your eye and then blend it out using a transition shade. 7.99 euro. Image result for blank canvas e24

So I have only listed 4 shadow brushes as I have so many and a lot of them are the same but these are the best of the best. You can achieve numerous eye looks with just 4 brushes. If you do want me to go into more detail with blending brushes or eyeshadow brushes just ask me and I can!

Brush Hygiene

 It’s so important to look after your brushes because number 1 they will last you years if they are taken care of and number 2 your skin will be affected if you don’t clean them. You should only wash your brushes with either baby shampoo or fairy liquid. I usually use Johnsons Baby Shampoo as its so gentle but cleans them so quick and I love the smell. You should at wash your brushes at least once a week to prevent bacteria and product building up. Just wash in warm water not hot as it will cause the glue to melt. Leave to dry over night with the brush head off the edge of a window sill or a counter top. ( see image below) Don’t leave flat down or it is just lying in its own dampness and won’t dry correctly.

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Heres the links for the websites for every brush brand I mentioned :

 

I hope you all enjoyed that and I would defo reccomend investing in a few as it will really change your makeup application for the better. Let me know what you all think and if you have any questions do ask me! I love all of these brushes as they are such good quality and affordable too. You can follow me on here too or on Instagram (@makeupbyalidarcy) Thanks for reading!

All my love,

Ali X

Conceal those flaws

Hey gals,

Welcome back to my blog, I hope you enjoyed my last post ( Dupe up!), a few girls told me they bought some of the dupes I recommended, which I love to hear so keep them coming! This post is gonna be about my one true love that goes by the name of concealer. If you don’t apply concealer to your face I’m sorry but you are not living!! I’ll try to break it down as best as I can for you all so keep on reading to get some tips and of course some recommendations..

 

Colour Correcting

You have probably noticed that concealers no longer come in only skin tone shades. There are a few coloured concealers available now and each shade is used to conceal specific issues. When you realise what colours are used for what it will be a game changer for you!! You need to use a colour that neutralises the problem area. For example if you have dark circles under your eyes you need to use a colour that is going to cancel the discoloration out to give you a normal even skin tone. Your not going to achieve that ‘flawless base’ without concealer.

Purple/Lilac: Best suited for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. If you have pasty, yellow or dull skin you will love how glowy your skin is after using a purple concealer or primer. For yellow toned circles or spots I would use NYX Concealer Wand in ‘lavender’ (7.75 euro) which is super lightweight or Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in ‘ don’t be dull’ ( 23 euro ) which glides on! To remove yellow tones from your entire face use a purple primer such as NYX Studio Perfect Primer in ‘lavender’ (14 euro).

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Green: The colour green neutralizes the colour red  which is why you should use one over redness, spots or if you have any acne scars. If you have widespread redness, then you should use a colour correcting green primer which will take all that redness down and give you an even toned base for a flawless foundation application. NYX ‘concealer in a jar’ in green (7.75 euro) is brill and you only need a tiny bit. Urban Decay ‘Naked colour correcting fluid’ in green is unbelievable and not cakey at all ( 22 euro ). For green primers I would go for Makeup Forever skin equalizer primer in green ( 33 euro) or Catrice ‘Prime and Fine’ anti red base (oil free) (4.99 euro) – both are amazing for cancelling out all over redness.

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Salmon/Peach: This colour is used to brighten up around the eye area and to cancel out those nightmare under eye dark circles that won’t disappear. It will also give sallow olive toned skin a much needed radiance. I swear to god buy one of these now, it will honestly change your life no matter what age you are. It will make those nasty, hereditary dark circles vanish, trust me huns! I always have Bobbi Brown corrector in ‘Bisque’ in my kit, the smallest bit honestly saves lives ( 25 euro ). Benefit Erase Paste (27 euro ) is also brill!

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Yellow: Perfect for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Yellow concealers are brill for evening out skin tones and to give a bright base for your foundation. Benefit ‘Lemon Aid’ ( 24 euro ) is vvv.good, and also NYX HD concealer wand in ‘yellow’ is a fav of mine ( 7.75 euro )

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TIP: after applying any of these colour concealers make sure to then apply a normal skin colour concealer over it so you have a natural overall skin tone. 

 

Normal Basic Concealer 

So after you have done your colour correcting, apply your normal skin toned concealer on top. Personally for my face I’m obsessed with MACs Prolongwear Concealer ( 23.50 euro ) you all know this cause Im always talking about it! I find it just sits so well on my skin and never creases but also covers everything! I wear either nc15 or nc20 depending on what colour foundation I have on.

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I have loads of favourites so I’ll list them for you all. Nars Creamy Concealer has to be my second favourite. It’s 28 euro and is so lightweight, radiant and creaseproof. Defo recommend this one. I use shade custard. Delish!

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Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer is just a dream. So cheap and affordable ( 11.99 euro ) works an absolute treat on those dark circles! The texture is so creamy too.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer  is also another great one ( 7.49 euro ) Its full converage and illuminates under the eye so well! Its hydrating too , which is brill if you have dry skin. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is also another fav, they are both very alike (8.99 euro )

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Last but not least, this isn’t a concealer as such, but I use it under my concealer and it is heaven! It is MAC Prep + Prime highlighter( 25 euro ). I use it in shade ‘ lightboost’ and its just a dream! It brightens the skin so much and primes it for concealer. If I were you I would put this on your Christmas list, I have so many feelings for this product, I’m in love and obsessed..sorry I’m a sap! But thank me later!

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Concealer Hacks

You should always apply your concealer after your foundation, as you won’t use as much. If you apply concealer first, your going to blend most of it away when your applying your foundation.

The best way to apply concealer is to draw a ‘triangular’ shape with the base under your eye and the point towards your cheek (if that makes sense..) This conceals dark circles, makes you look more awake and also give the illusion that your face is lifted, I am all for a bit of a lift!

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I’m all about brightening under my eyes but I hate when concealer is 10 shades lighter than your foundation, it looks way too harsh and unnatural. AVOID this! I use 1 or 2 shades lighter than my foundation.

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I apply my foundation with a small concealer brush to my under eye area, forehead, chin and bridge of my nose. I then blend it out with my Real Technique sponge. I gently pat it to blend, don’t drag it as you don’t want to bring the concealer too far down your cheek.

I also get asked how my lipstick stays put all day and it’s because I apply a small bit of concealer to my lips before applying my lip liner and lipstick. This acts as a primer and helps keep your lipstick in place all day long hunni!

Clean up your makeup mistakes with concealer. I love to clean up my lip liner and brows with concealer to make them super sharp and to make them pop that little bit more.

Always set your concealer with a translucent powder to keep it crease free and help it last all day long!

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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. I would never talk about a product I’m not in love with so honestly these are all amazing no matter what age you are. Leave a comment to let me know if you enjoyed or if you have any questions do ask me!

Concealer saves lives!

All my love,

Ali X

 

Dupe up!

Hi gals,

Thanks for all of the love on my last post ( Spanx for the face ), and for all your feedback! I love when you tell me your trying some of the products I recommended. So I decided my next post would be dishing the dirt on the best of the best dupe products out there. There is literally tonnes and tonnes of great dupes out there that nobody knows. I love an oul MAC lippy but I also love finding a dupe that’s like 10 euro cheaper. My list is different types of products but warning there is a few lipsticks as I have a serious addiction…sorry not sorry! Enjoy reading!

 

MAC ‘cherish’ – vs – Maybelline ‘ totally toffee’ 

MAC’s ‘cherish’ is one of my must have nudes, I wear it almost everyday and it’s one I always repurchase. Its a gorgeous brown undertone nude and has a satin finish so your lips are nice and moisturised. This one is sold out a lot of the time but defo a must have ( 20 euro ). The Maybelline ‘totally toffee’ is an perfect match its so creamy and long lasting and is half the price! ( 9.69 euro )

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Dior ‘Diorshow Mascara’ – vs – L’Oreal ‘Voluminous Mascara’ 

I don’t know if it’s just me but I very seldom love any mascara, I rarely repurchase any I always try new ones. I tried the Dior one a few months ago and I just loved the brush and how it separated my lashes and made them proper black! I read online about the L’Oreal one and bought it the next day to try. My god, SO alike, if not better! The L’Oreal brush is basically the same as the Dior one, I think thats why it’s such a good dupe. To be honest I prefer the L’Oreal one because the formula is a lot nicer and it just goes on much smoother and evenly. Defo save your money and purchase the L’Oreal one. Dior is 34 euro and L’Oreal is 10 euro!

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Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush – vs – Sleek ‘Rose Gold’ blush

If you didn’t already know Nars ‘Orgasm’ is one of the best selling blushers worldwide. There are so many dupes for it. Its a tone that suits everyone’s cheeks. The Sleek ‘Rose Gold’ is more pigmented then Nars so you dont need much product on your brush but it has the same tiny gold flecks as ‘Orgasm’. Nars is slightly more coral ( 30 euro ) while Sleek is a brighter pink ( 6.49 euro).

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MAC ‘Painterly’ paint pot – vs – Maybelline colour tattoo in ‘Nude Pink’ 

‘Painterly’ was one of my top ten must haves in my first blog post. I cannot live without it. I came accross these Maybelline colour tattoo’s when I was studying makeup in college. I picked up ‘Nude Pink’ as it looked most like ‘Painterly’ in the shop. When I brought it home…flawless dupe!!!! The only difference between these is you get 1g more worth of product with MAC. Painterly (19.50 euro) & Nude Pink (10.49). Defo invest in one of these as they keep your eyeshadow in place all day and night!

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MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ – vs -Rimmel ‘Kiss of Life’ 111

My go to red is ‘Ruby Woo’, it’s a worldwide best selling red! I love wearing naked eyes and a strong red lip. I only really use MAC lipstick’s as I feel like they are well worth the money as they really do stay on all day. The Rimmel lipstick’s are also vvvv.good! ‘Ruby Woo’ is very VERY matte where as ‘Kiss of Life’ is more mosturising. When ‘Ruby Woo’ sets is almost impossible to smear where as ‘Kiss of Life’ tends to last about 5 hours. Ruby Woo (20 euro) Kiss of Life (7.49 euro)

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Benefit ‘Brow Zing’ – vs – Sleek ‘Brow Kit’ 

These are identical twins! The packaging is the exact same, right down to the mini tweezers and brushes. Sleek offers four shades while Benefit offers three – I have ‘light’ in both brands. The creamy wax and powders are the exact same, so I defo recommend getting the Sleek to save money as they are twinnies! Benefit (35 euro) Sleek ( 11.99 euro)

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Makeup Forever ‘HD Foundation’ – vs – Revlon ‘Photo Ready Airbrush Effect’

I was raving about MUFE HD foundation in my ‘Spanx for the Face’ blog post. I bloody love the finish of this foundation on every skin. It gives the most flawless base. When I saw Revlon Photo Ready in boots the word airbrush had me convinced. I tried it and it’s such a good dupe for MUFE HD foundation. Revlon is oil free where as MUFE is not, Revlon’s the winner! MUFE HD foundation ( 43 euro ) Revlon Photo Ready (18.99 euro) Bbbbargain!

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YSL ‘Touche Eclat’ – vs – Seventeen ‘Skin WOW Concealer’

The YSL ‘Touche Eclat’ is a well known beauty cult! But the Seventeen ‘Skin Wow’ is a close match. It’s a super dupe. I use this for brightening under my eyes and both work amazing, the YSL coverage is slightly better but ‘Skin Wow’ works wonders. I would defo purchase the ‘Skin Wow’ so your under eyes are super bright! Even the packaging is similar. YSL (35 euro) Seventeen (6.99 euro).

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MAC ‘Velvet Teddy’ – vs – Penneys ‘Manhattan’

The famous Kylie Jenner lip- Velvet Teddy. I have to say I love it- such a nice browny matte nude. You can’t go wrong with this colour, it suits everyone. Well, Penneys has a gorgeoussss dupe – ‘Manhattan’. Its such a good buy and goes on gorgeous and lasts a good while too! It also has a matching gloss at the bottom of the packaging, brill! Velvet Teddy (20 euro) Manhattan (2 euro)…Get ‘Manhattan’ ASAP huns!

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MAC ‘Soar’ lipliner – vs – Penneys ’09’ lipliner

‘Soar’ is a lipliner I always have in my kit, it’s such a nice colour that you can wear on its own or paired with a nude or pink lipstick. When Penneys brought out their makeup range I tried the lipliners and HOLY SMOKES…They are so good and creamy. I defo recommend getting all of the colours but ’09’ is the perfect dupe for ‘Soar’! ‘Soar’ (17.50 euro) ’09’ (1.50 euro) GET IT!

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Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ – vs – Essence ‘Make me Brow’

I always recommend using a brow gel after applying your product just so they stay perfect. Essence ‘Make me Brow’ is such an amazing dupe for Benefit’s ‘Gimme Brow’. Even the little wands are twins! Benefit (26 euro ) Essence (3.10 euro)

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Mac ‘Strobe Cream’ – vs – Botanics ‘Radiance Balm’

I was chatting about Strobe Cream in my previous posts and how it makes you glow and also works great as a  primer! Well Botanics ‘Radiance Balm’ is also unbelievable. They both pick your skin up and give you a gorgeous glow, giving you a brighter and more radiant complexion. Strobe Cream (10.50 euro for travel size ) Botanics (6.37 euro on special)

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I could actually keep going for a good while but I’ll keep it short and sweet! I hope you enjoyed reading and do let me know what you think. Try the products I recommended and let me know if you like or dislike! I love hearing your reviews too. You can follow me here on Blogspot too so your notified whenever I post a blog so you won’t miss a thing!  Also if any of you have any topics you want me to cover on here do please throw your ideas at me and I’ll definitely get to it! Thanks for all your love on my last post you all seemed to have enjoyed it.

Happy reading!

All my love my fellow huns,

Ali X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanx for the face

Hello gals!

I got such good feedback on my last post so I’m glad you all picked up a few tips and enjoyed reading it – thanks for all the love! During the week I was narrowing it down to what topic my next blog post would be andddd as you can tell from my title its going to be about ”Spanx for the face”. You are probably like this one is touched, butttt spanx for the face is foundation, and like spanx who on earth can live without it!

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So I know shopping for foundation can be a tad bit over whelming because you don’t know what one will suit your skin. Well now I’m here to save your foundation fails! We all want a perfect, flawless face after we apply our foundation so heres some advice from me.

Shade

” I’m nc25 in MAC what shade am I in Nars?! ” I always want to try new foundations especially ones which are online and I don’t know what shade to buy because I can’t see them in the flesh. This was the bain of my bloody life until god led me to Findation.com. I only found out about Findation this year and it’s soooo handy! Basically you just click on and enter the brand and the shade of the foundation you already use which then finds you your shades in every other brand from high end to drug store. Life = changed!! I definitely recommend going on a seeing what shades you are in so many different foundations.

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Know your skin

To purchase the right foundation you need to know your skin type. Every time I have a client I ask what skin type they have and a lot of people give me the ”emmm”. So there are three main types – oily, dry or normal/combination. If you find your skin gets quite greasy and oily then you more than likely have oily skin, like me! If you find your skin is flaky or rough then you prob have dry skin and if your skin is dry in some areas and oily on your t-zone then you have combination skin. Ask someone or read the bottle before you purchase a foundation to see what skin type it is suitable for.

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Test it!

See or heard about a foundation you think you might love but not sure if it will sit well on your skin? Ask for a tester. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee for a tester of some foundation you want to try, its not cheeky, they would be more than happy to give it to you. Don’t fork out 40 euro for a foundation you have never tried just in case you don’t like it. Take the tester home and give it a few tries and if your happy with it and it suits your skin then purchase a full bottle!

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Oily skin

Enough of me rambling, time to give my recommendations of what foundations are best for all your skin needs. So if you have oily skin you need to use an oil free foundation so it doesnt slide off your face.

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid is my all time favourite foundation. I have talked about it in my previous post so I wont go on too much about it. Basically it doesn’t budge and will last all day and night. Its a medium to full coverage with a matte finish. Definitely get a tester for this if you havn’t tried it yet. (32 euro)   Image result for studio fix fluid
  • Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ is so so gorgeous for oily skin! This is an oil free foundation with a medium to full coverage. It has such a flawless finish, you can’t notice you have makeup on but also covers everything, amazingg! (39 euro in Debenhams)                        Image result for born this way foundation
  • Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ the most dreamy foundation ever made!! I love it but I tend to keep it for when I’m going on a night out. Again an oil free foundation thats hydrating and gives a seamless finish. Its so lightweight with a buildable coverage. Five stars from me, you’ll definitely get loads of compliments when you wear this. ( 45 euro in BT)                                                                       Image result for giorgio armani luminous silk foundation
  • L’Oreal ‘Infallible Matte’ is such a good buy, again its oil free and if you like a matte finish this is brilliant. Lasts 24hrs, waterproof, steamproof, medium to fill coverage and isn’t cakey at all! Such a good price too. (12 euro in Boots) Image result for l'oreal infallible matte
  • Maybelline ‘Fit Me Matte’ I talked about this lil beaut in my last post and its such a great buy. I always have one of these in my makeup bag as I normally wear it during the week. It’s the perfect dupe for MAC SFF. Oil free and just gives you amazing coverage and such a fleeky finish! (8.99 euro in boots)

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Dry Skin

Now moving on to all you dry skin gals. You need something that’s hydrating and gives you a nice smooth luminous finish. Here’s my top picks..

  • YSL ‘Touche Eclet’ is sooo amazing for dry skin, it’s an illuminating foundation that doesn’t contain any powders so it wont cling to dry areas. It evens your complexion and gives you a smooth finish. (42 euro in BT) Image result for touche eclat foundation
  • MAC ‘Studio Sculpt’ is a gel based creamy product that is super hydrating and instantly brightens your face. Medium to full coverage and has an amazing satin finish. Suitable for all skin types but works best on dry skin. (36 euro) Image result for studio sculpt mac

Revlon ‘Colour Stay’ is specially designed for dry skin. Super hydrating and keeps your moisture level balanced. Medium to full coverage and not cakey at all! Fab! ( 18.99 euro in Boots)                                                                                                                                                                      Image result for revlon colorstay

Normal/Combination 

Well for all you normal/combination, I’m very jealous of you! You can basically wear any foundation. Here are some of my favourites.

  • Makeup Forever ‘HD Foundation’ I am obsessed with this foundation as it makes you look like bloody Beyonce! I used to use this all of the time but I had to lay off it cause I had to keep layering on the powder. So now I wear it the odd time when I’m able to top up and that. Its gorgeous! Its suitable for most skin types and has no spf so I love wearing it on a night out as you don’t get a flashback from the camera ( no white faces)! (43 euro in MUFE)                                     Image result for ultra hd makeup forever
  • L’Oreal ‘True Match’ is a super dupe for the Armani foundation I mentioned above except its not oil free. I love it because it literally glides onto your skin! It gives a super gorgeous finish and leaves your skin feeling so natural but it also has a great coverage. It doesn’t feel like your wearing makeup. You’ll be the spit of Cheryl! (14.99 in Boots)                                                           Image result for l'oreal true match
  • Stila ‘Stay All Day” says it all! It literally lasts all day, I love this as it suits almost everybody. It glides onto the skin and hides all those imperfections, it’s also super hydrating! This also contains a creamy concealer on the lid which is brill for dark circles. Oil free too, but also super hydrating. I would highly recommend this one! (39.50 euro in M&S)                             Image result for stila stay all day foundation

So I think that’s all for now, let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions! I hope you enjoyed, defo try Findation and go get loads of testers to try different ones. I guarantee you’ll love the one’s I recommended cause they are all a dream!! Again Im very sorry if I have made any spelling mistakes, I’m blind when I’m proof reading! You can follow me on here ( wordpress) and please let me know if you liked this post. Thanks for reading.

All my love,

Ali X

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