Friday, 31 July 2015

I was debating on buying Mac Strobe Cream when I saw Lisa Eldridge use this in one of her videos and I had to give it a go for myself. I've used this all over my skin underneath my foundation, as well as adding it to the places on my face that I want to have a bit of a glow after I've finished applying all my makeup; such as my cheek bones, nose, eyebrow bone etc; and it works pretty well both ways. I think it works best when applied subtly before your foundation all over, and then again on the high points of your face after wards. It gives this a pretty, natural glow.

It has a really lovely creamy texture, and doesn't sit in my pores which is the main thing I hate about cream products! As you can see from the swatch, it's a different colour tone to Mac's strobe cream, (which is more of a white, silvery highlight) and to be honest, I think I prefer the champagne tone to this one, I presume it'll look far from natural and give you that bronzed glowy look, which is pretty neat for summer! I think this is a pretty good drugstore find at only £4.99; and is one of the only cream products I've got along with in a very long time. If I decide to buy Mac's strobe cream, it will be interesting to see how these two fair up when compared!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

This was another gem I picked up for a crazy bargain in TKMAXX, at £2.99 I just grabbed it and ran to the tills. The colour is admittedly super dark for me, but I've got around that small bump in the road by using this for the times I want to use a cream contour. Its a really lovely creamy formulation so it blends like a dream, the finish is lovely and glowy too. I think this concealer would work wonderfully as an under eye product as the consistency is just perfect for it as I really think you'd struggle to cake this one! I'm really hoping I can find this in the right shade for my skin tone so I can see what it's like under my eyes, I'm on the hunt! I'm hoping to pick a few more of these up if they come back into stock in my local TKMAXX as I think they'd be perfect for my kit to use on clients with darker skin tones.

Have you tried any Stila base makeup before? Let me know what you thought of it in the comment section below!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

I picked this up when I was disgusted that a concealer from Loreal was nearlly £10, since when did the high street get so expensive...!? Considering that Mac Pro Long wear is £17.50 *sigh*

But on to the nice stuff, I picked this up for only £1.99, so I really wasn't too fussed if I didn't get on with it well, but I was pleasantly surprised, especially since I'm such a high end makeup lover. The coverage is actually pretty decent and it makes for a fab under eye concealer as the consistency is really lovely and sheer, making it nicely blend able and smooth for under the eyes; I used a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush to blend my concealer around my eyes. The colour isn't orangey either which is a plus for us pale girls! I'm going to do a little more exploring in natural collection as I was mighty impressed with this, and for £1.99 you really can't go wrong! 

Are there any really cheap makeup products that you've found on the high street that you want to rave out? I'd love it if you let me know! This has shown me I need to explore the high street more! 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

I've had my eye on this palette ever since it was released last year, I just love the combination of colours! And as always with the limited edition Mac collections, the packagings fab! I do love Mac shadows, they have nothing on urban decay but I am a fan. As you can see from the swatches, the matte shades in this palette have a lot better pay off than the shimmery colours, which is usually the case with most brands. As always with Mac shadows, they are really lovely and creamy and pretty long wearing even without a primer.

I didn't actually realise when I bought the palette, but it has charcoal brown in, which amoung many bloggers and makeup artist is a stable, its a great crease colour I have to say! The lime green is a bit of a scary colour to me but I'm going to try to fit it in somewhere at some point (maybe...) I've managed to make a few cute looks with this palette though so I'm happy with that. But...if you're anything like me, having this in your collection, regardless of its use is fab, Mac just seem to always get it so on point with their collections, my poor, poor bank balance! 

Let me know if you like this palette as much as I do!

Monday, 27 July 2015


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I'm starting to sell a few unwanted makeup/skincare items on here so they're not so lonely sat in my bathroom cupboard! Everything is in perfect condition and mostly unused, I'm simply having a clear out! Go over and check it out!

I'll start off by saying the best part of this palette is 100% the packaging, which to be honest is the main reason I bought this! I found this in TKMAXX and got it for a super bargain at just £5.99! Which for any eyeshadow palette is pretty neat, let alone a pretty high end one, I'd highly recommended having a snoop around TKMAXX, they stock some pretty good makeup when they do get it in and it's always really discounted. 

The colour pay off on the paler shadows isn't great as you can see, but the colour range is pretty and I can see myself being able to make a few diverse looks out of these shadows. They are quite dry feeling which isn't a massive problem for me, but just something to note! 
They all have a hint of shimmer in them so this isn't the thing for you if you're a lover of mattes. I think my favourite colour is the nice warm cranberry, reminds me loads of Mac's Cranberry. Overall, I think the packaging is really ornate and beautiful, and will really shine out on my makeup cabinet and the colours are pretty too!

Who else loves this packaging? Let me know what you think! 

RRP: £32.00

Colour: 02 (Pink undertone)
What Illamasqua claims: "Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage."

I'm really pretty happy with this foundation overall, lets just start by saying the coverage is amazing, and my gosh this formula is pigmented! I swear this is about to take me about a year to use up the tube, you hardly need anything. You can achieve a completely flawless finish with this foundation; but I would say less is more when you begin, start off with a little and build the coverage up in layers to avoid the foundation looking cakey! This did have the ability to cling to a few dry patches on my nose, but nothing too extreme, I should probably exfoliate more, just something to take note off.

The finish of this foundation is pretty mattifying and the wear of it is pretty damn good too. I would agree with their statement about it soothing the appearance of the skin, I noticed my large pores, particularly around my nose were far less noticeable
Overall, this is a fab foundation is you're after a flawless finish. It is on the pricey side, but drugstore foundations seem to break me out and the intense pigmentation of the foundation means you hardly need to use a drop to cover your face well, so I should say a bottle should last quite a while!
Rating: 4/5
Alice xxx
I took a little (massive) break from blogging but I've finally got my arse in gear and I'm going to be back for good *sings take that to myself*  I'm not a professional and qualified makeup artist and I'm ready to build this thing up and start blogging again, I really do hope you've all been keeping well and thanks for still following! I've had a little blog revamp, tweeked a few things here and there, including a new logo and new name change, let me know what you guys think!
Formally: The Fairest Of Them
New Name: Little Makeup Ramblings
Alice xxx